Red Bull KTM Factory Racing sign Mathys Boisrame, fill Jeffrey Herlings’ seat.
In a surprising turn of events, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing just confirmed that Mathys Boisrame will fill Jeffrey Herlings’ seat at the opening rounds of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship. It seemed that the KTM 450 SX-F would remain vacant for now, but Boisrame has been given the opportunity of a lifetime and will start at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Great Britain. ‘172’ was missing from the provisional entry list and had no plans to compete before this door opened.
Boisrame had signed for Team2B/BOS/CBO Kawasaki for this year. The announcement in December, which was completely bizarre, claimed that there would be a lot of support from the Japanese manufacturer and training would occur alongside the factory team. It seems that there was little truth behind the press release, as Boisrame was invisible throughout the winter months before tackling LaCapelle-Marival. Boisrame went 12-10 for tenth overall at that event.
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Former European Champion and MX2 Grand Prix podium finisher, Mathys Boisrame, will step-in to Red Bull KTM colors for the first and second rounds of the imminent 2022 FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship in the UK and Italy.
The Frenchman completed several testing days with the defending MXGP World Champions and will now steer the factory KTM 450 SX-F in the absence of #1 Jeffrey Herlings as the 2021 title winner continues to recover from surgery on his left heel.
Boisrame will take a place under the awning and next to countryman Tom Vialle (racing the KTM 250 SX-F in MX2) for the re-arranged British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin this Saturday and Sunday and the Grand Prix of Lombardia at Mantova the following weekend. The 23-year-old made his debut in the MXGP category in the final five rounds of 2021 and posted four top ten moto results. Boisrame won the 2018 EMX250 European crown and contested two and a half seasons in MX2 where he graduated to the front of the pack.
Joel Smets, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: “When they postponed the British Grand Prix another week this gave us and Mathys a little more time to do some riding and further testing and it became clear that we could bring him into the team already for the first round. Jeffrey is unique: it’s impossible to find another rider like him but we can appreciate Mathys’ speed and his determination. He has already shown that he can run fast and strong at Grand Prix level. It’s a good chance for him and some important track miles for us.”