Following much speculation, Mel Pocock announced today that he will indeed be racing next year. Pocock, who was left in a difficult situation after the age rule was enforced in EMX250, begun hunting for rides and has now agreed terms with Lee Tolan. Tolan, of ASA Scaffolding, has formed a new team that will compete in the Maxxis British Championship and Michelin MX Nationals.
"So happy to announce I am riding for ASA UNITED KTM in 2019 on board [sic] a 450 SX-F," Pocock wrote on social media. "I will be racing Maxxis British Championship and MX Nationals as our main championships, along with selected MXGPs. I can't thank Lee @ASAScaff enough for building this team up around me. Also I need to say a special thank you to Mark Munns #Frameclad for stepping up as my main personal sponsor who will be giving his continued support for 2019. We still have places left for sponsors if you'd like to be apart of @ASAScaff British Championship team. Thank you! #450Time."
It initially seemed as though Mel would stay with the REVO Husqvarna team, who he has spent the last two years with, as Mark Yates hinted that plans were being put in place in an exclusive MX Vice interview at the beginning of November. That is obviously no longer the case.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: MPS Images