Darian Sanayei is one of the hottest properties in the Grand Prix paddock, hence why silly-season rumours have been raging on in recent weeks. Sanayei has now confirmed that he will return to the Bike It DRT Kawasaki squad, however, in what will be his final term in the MX2 class in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
"I'm really happy to be racing with DRT again next year," Sanayei said in a statement from Kawasaki. "It feels good to continue our relationship and put our best efforts forward to accomplish an MX2 World Championship! My recovery with my knee is going really good and we are right on track. I should be able to start training on the bike around November/December time and that should be enough time to put in the work necessary for a good base to have a great season! I want to thank the entire team and the Kawasaki family for everything they are doing for me so we can achieve excellent results together."
"I am delighted Darian has taken his third year option to stay with the Bike It DRT Kawasaki team," Steve Dixon said in the same press release. "Kawasaki Europe, the team and the sponsors have unfinished business in the quest for world championship honours. Darian showed great speed before his ACL injury and it made perfect sense to sit down with Kawasaki and Darian to discuss the future and part of that plan was to take the best steps to fix the knee in readiness for a good campaign in 2019.
"I have to thank Kawasaki Europe for being instrumental in the long term plan," Dixon continued. "Darian has been a long-term loyal member of Team Green in the USA and then followed the Kawasaki path in Europe, first with Bud Racing in EMX250 and then with us since 2017; that loyalty goes a long way in these situations and I am looking forward to seeing Darian back on the Bike It DRT Kawasaki next season."
Darian Sanayei achieved a career-best moto finish of second in the second moto at the Grand Prix of La Comunitat Valenciana in March, then tore his ACL at a British event the next week. Sanayei is currently recovering from surgery in the United States and will not return in a competitive setting until next year.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi