It is no secret that times are tough; even a former world champion cannot find a ride for the 2014 season! Following a turbalent time with the Gariboldi Honda team, David Philippaerts (the 2008 MX1 World Champion) has formed his own ‘DP Racing Yamaha’ team ahead of next year. The Italian had his best years on a Yamaha, so a return to the brand may help him return to the front of the pack. Philippaerts posted this statement on his website, DP19.com:
“With great pride and emotion I would like to communicate officially the birth of the team “DP RACING“which will participate in the upcoming season 2014 in the World Championship MXGP class MX1.Thanks to the support and the trust from Laurens Yamaha Europe and Michele Rinaldi YRD I will return to ride Yamaha 450 cc.I take this opportunity to thank in advance all those who are supporting our project, in addition to individuals and companies that will be availableto contribute to support the new team.”
We will continue to update this story as it develops.
Words by Lewis Phillips
Image courtesy of Elliot Spencer