The IceOne Racing team, run by Antti Pyrhonen, will continue as the official Husqvarna team in MXGP team, a press release has confirmed. The deal between the two parties has been extended and will expire at the end of next year.
"We are excited to extend our working relationship with the IceOne team, managed by Antti Pyrhonen," Diego Clement (Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna) said in the statement. "The impressive results they have achieved in recent MXGP World Championship seasons is testament to the professionalism and hard work within the team. We are extremely proud of not only the team's racing successes and stature within the MXGP paddock, but importantly also the way that Antti and his team consistently represent Rockstar Energy and Husqvarna Motorcycles in a positive and professional way. We look forward to watching the team continue to improve and wish both Gautier Paulin and Max Anstie all the best for the upcoming start of the 2018 MXGP season."
"Knowing that we have the full support of Husqvarna Motorcycles is a hugely positive for everyone involved in the team, especially as we prepare for the first MXGP race of this year," Antti Pyrhonen said in the same press release. "Working hand-in-hand with the dedicated staff within Husqvarna's Motorsport Department has played a huge role in allowing us to compete at the very highest level. Being able to offer our riders the very best bikes, material and support is important to us and is exactly what we are able to do with Husqvarna. Together with Husqvarna we're looking forward to what we hope will be a rewarding and successful season of MXGP competition."
Gautier Paulin and Max Anstie will represent Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in the upcoming FIM Motocross World Championship. Paulin finished third in the premier-class standings last season, with a single Grand Prix win, and Anstie ended in ninth, despite the fact that he missed two rounds with a knee injury.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/Bavo Swijgers