Talon Kawasaki is pleased to announce the signing of Yentel Martens to ride a KX450f in 2014. Yentel is no stranger to the Kawasaki, as he rode for VMac Kawasaki in Belgium this year. Martens initially debuted for Talon Kawasaki at Torrington at a round of the Phoenix Tools Championship, where he filled in for the injury Nez Parker. At Torrington, Yentel came away with third overall, despite the fact that he had not ridden hard-pack for nine months! However, an injury just four days after this successful debut ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Yentel has previously ridden in the FIM Motocross World Championship in both the MX1 and MX3 classes; he took the win at the first round of the MX3 series in 2012 at Valkenswaard. Although Martens’ involvement with the team has only just been officially announced, he has been busy testing the Talon Kawasaki 450f for a few weeks. Yentel competed at the Dunkerque Beach Race, where he battled with big names like Ramon, Leok and Potisek. Both Yentel and Talon Kawasaki will be tackling one of the most famous beach races next – Le Touquet!
In 2014, the team will enter the Maxxis British Championship, the Pro Nationals and the MX Nationals, as well as two rounds of the MXGP series. Talon Kawasaki is also in talks with a British MX1 rider to potentially contest these series in 2014, and work alongside our sponsors. Talon, Kawasaki, Dunlop, RaceFX, RFX, Merge Decals, DC, Deft Family, Skull Candy, Airoh, Gaerne, Circuit and Burfield Digital Agency have all confirmed that they are onboard for 2014. The team is working hard to secure some more product sponsors for oil, clothing, parts and plastics, to help continue on the great end to the season that Talon Kawasaki had in 2013.
In only it’s second year, the team has already got a reputation for providing a fun, balanced team, which is an environment that riders can thrive, rebuild and grow. With a digital and social impact that reaches many more people, the team’s sponsors get the benefit from exposure on and off of the track in non-traditional ways that are similar to how some of the American teams operate.
Rob Boseley (Team Manager):
“We had a tricky situation in 2013, with two riders sidelined because of an injury. James Burfield (team owner) is good friends with Yentel and reached out to see if he could dig us out of a bit of a hole. Although injury prevented him from making any more appearances for the team, it was Yentel’s passion and attitude that really came across and stuck with us. Yentel has a lot of talent and we believe he may cause a few surprises in 2014.”
Yentel Martens (MX1 Rider):
“I’m really happy to race for Talon Kawasaki. I already raced for the team last year in the Phoenix Tools Championship at Torrington, and we worked really well together. I was looking forward to racing the Red Bull [Pro Nationals] at Weston and at Milton Park for the Maxxis [British Championship] before I got an ACL injury. I was really happy when James and Rob asked me to ride for them in 2014. I didn’t have to think too long, as it’s a good team, with a good atmosphere and it’s fun working together. I’m looking forward to the new season – it will be a really hard class. The Maxxis British Championship is full of great riders from the UK and Europe, but we will work hard to get good results.”