Former GP winner Steven Frossard will complete a formidable twin spearhead alongside Gautier Paulin as the Kawasaki Racing Team seek yet more success in the 2014 FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship.
Steven Frossard: “It was not so easy to make my decision as I had a strong relationship with my former team, but during the last two years I didn’t finished either season due to injuries and it was time to give my career a new impulse. Mentally the last two seasons have been very difficult; each time I got hurt I tried to recover quickly to get back to racing but in the end it didn’t happen despite all this efforts. I started my professional career with Kawasaki, and I already rode a KX450F Kawasaki at the end of that stage of my career, so I know the bike. I also know many members of the KRT staff so it will be nice to again be with Thierry, who helped me when I first turned professional. The first goal is to recover physically, to work hard this winter and to be ready for the first races of next season.”
Thierry Chizat Suzzoni: “I’m very happy to bring Steven into the team next season; it’s a great satisfaction as we know his qualities. I was involved with him when he raced his first GP season in 2007, and we have taken this great opportunity to work with him again. He had several injuries during the past two seasons, so next year his goal will be initially to rebuild his confidence, to enjoy riding again and to complete a full season. Gautier has been working with us for two seasons now and he helped us to make a step forward; we’re very happy with his work and results. Our goal as a team is to continue our progression, to win GPs and to be a title contender, so we’re pleased to have two GP winners with us. I’d like to thank Kawasaki for their continued long-term involvement with us; I’m sure we have the right package to do even better in the coming seasons.”
Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Motors Europe: “I’m really happy to have Steven back in the Kawasaki family; he spent a significant part of his career on green bikes and got really good results in the MX2 class with the brand. He is a good guy to work with and has already shown his potential in the MX1 class but I’m sure we’ll see a lot more from him on a Kawasaki. The KRT team take it step by step to upgrade every year and challenge for the top positions on the podium; they have now two proven winners on a 450 who for sure can challenge for podiums at every GP and ultimately battle for the world title for Kawasaki.”