Talon Kawasaki are pleased to announce that Dorren Coutts has recently signed with the team to contest the 2014 Maxxis British Championship, MX Nationals and selected rounds of the MXGP series. Dorren will partner Belgian rider Yentel Martens in the MX1 class.
Both Yentel and Dorren will be hoping for a little more luck in 2014, as they both suffered injuries, which hampered their 2013 campaign. Martens has already bounced back, as he finished second behind Marc de Reuver in his first competitive outing this past weekend.
The Talon Kawasaki team is hoping to capitalise on the knowledge that they gained during their debut season, where they finished twelfth in the Maxxis British Championship. Yentel and Dorren will be working hard after the Christmas break – testing will begin at Lommel in January, where the team will spend some time developing the KX450f ready for Le Touquet, Valence and the Hawkstone International.
Talon Kawasaki has been working hard to find product sponsors for the 2014 season. We are happy to announce that we have formed partnerships with Acerbis, Silkolene, Keith Parker from Akorn Construction and we will be supplied parts by Race FX, using the RFX brand. We will continue to grow our relationships with both Dunlop and Talon, also.
The team is pleased to announce that Callum Ford will contest the rookies class, as well, after coming through the MX Vice Academy in recent years. The talented fifteen year old will be working with both Yentel and Dorren in 2014, which will hopefully help him progress, and continue to build off of the improvements that he has made over the past few seasons.
Rob Boseley (Team Manager): “We monitored Dorren’s situation in the off-season, as we were keen to bring him in. But, financially, we just could not afford too. However, when we heard that Dorren still had not signed a deal, we decided that we just could not let a rider of his ability be left on the sidelines. So, James Burfield (team owner) has been working hard to secure extra backing to make this happen. We are still working hard behind the scenes to bring in more funds using resources such as ‘Go Fund’, which has not only brought the team financial help, but also unexpected publicity.
With Yentel and Dorren both signed, 2014 will be very strong for the team – we will continue working hard on and off of the track to help repay the faith that people have shown in us!”
Dorren Coutts (MX1 Rider): I’m really looking forward to riding for the Talon Kawasaki team in 2014. After a bad season last year, where I struggled with bike setup and a small shoulder injury, James and the team should be just what I need to put myself back at the front of the pack during the 2014 season. I would also like to thank everyone that has pulled together to help keep me on the track next year; Keith Parker (Akorn Construction), James Burfield (MX Vice), Talon, Decade Europe, Kawasaki UK, Leon Ward, and everyone else who is helping me.
Ross Burridge (Racing Coordinator for Kawasaki UK): “James has worked hard over the past couple of years to not only get his team off the ground, but also creating and maintaining an excellent website in MX Vice. The MX1 class is going to be incredibly tough in 2014, but I am sure every effort will be made to ensure his riders are finishing in the type of positions that they are capable of. The KX450F is a weapon, and in the right hands is capable of winning titles. I personally cannot wait for the season to start.”