24MX Honda is delighted to announce the arrival of Xavier Boog. The fast Frenchman will contest the MXGP Championship alongside Jens Getteman on the Honda CRF450R. After a transitional 2013 season the GP-winning outfit owned and managed by Steven Lettani will act again as Honda’s official support team in the premier FIM Motocross World Championship class next year.
2014 will be Boog ’s fifth season at the highest level of the sport. The stylish 25-year old rider has developed into a fast and consistent contender. A double French MX1 champion, Xavier has recorded three consecutive 7th place series finishes from 2010 till 2012. He won one MX1 moto in 2012 and represented his country in the MX of Nations twice.
Underlining the team’s ambition to develop motocross talent the talented Jens Getteman (20) will start his second second campaign on the capable 24MX Honda CRF450R. Getteman, a former Belgian MX2 champion, experienced a challenging debut season in MX1, marred with injureis. In the opening part of the season Jens showed his skills and promise with strong pre-season results and two LCQ wins in Qatar and Thailand.
Xavier Boog: “First of all I’m really happy to have found a good team. At 24MX Honda I will be working again with Luc Bruggeman as well. He used to be my mechanic at the Kawasaki Factory team and he’s one of the most experienced spanners in the business. Actually I have never been on a Honda before in my career. It sounds a bit crazy given their excellent reputation but Honda is the only bike I have not raced yet! That’s another reason why I’m really looking forward to the future. In a couple of weeks time I should get the green light to start riding again! This new challenge just feels great.”
Jens Getteman: “I am really looking foward to next season. I have enjoyed working with the team and the bike fits me like a glove! It’s been tough to be sidelined for most of the GP season but my motivation is higher than ever. To see the positive steps 24MX Honda is taking now and to have a strong team mate like Xavier gives me a boost as well. That… And having witnessed team Belgium winning the Motocross of Nations. It would be awesome to reach that level myself in a couple of years time!”
Steven Lettani, 24MX Honda team owner and manager: “We are very keen to get going and more than ever we’re proud to be part of the Honda family! It’s been a very complicated season, mainly due to injuries. But this has been an area that luckily hasn’t affected us so much before. However to be able to present our partners and fans a strong rider line-up for 2014 and on top of that to renew our relationship with Honda is absolutely brilliant! I’m sure that Xavier (Boog) will be a force to be reckonded with on the CRF. As far as Jens (Getteman) goes we all agreed that he deserves another chance. But racing at this level is relentless. The depth of talent in MXGP will be incredible and now is the time for Jens to prove that he can deliver.”
Roger Harvey, Off Road Manager, Honda Motor Europe : “We are happy to be working with Steven Lettani and the 24MX Honda team again. Obviously the last two seasons didn’t bring the results we know they are capable of but we’re very excited about this new chapter in our partnership. Xavier is a rider we have been following for some years now. I am confident that his precise, smooth style will suit the Honda and he has both the experience and the pace to get strong results. For Jens 2014 will be an important year. It was the right thing for him to move up to the bigger bike but he just had some terrible luck. His skills on the big are really good already, now it’s up to him to show what he can do!”