Team CLS Kawasaki/Pro Circuit will sign Tommy Searle and Max Anstie to be Kawasaki’s official GP team in the 250 Motocross World Championship in 2011. Current GP rider Steven Frossard has to move to the 450 class in 2011 because of the 23-year-old age limit. No word on the fate of CLS rider Jeremy van Horebeek.
Tommy Searle: “I’m very excited and happy about this opportunity to join Team CLS Kawasaki and Pro Circuit; they have proved on both continents how competitive they are. They offered me the possibility to race the U.S. Supercross on the West Coast and then compete again in the MX2 World Championship next year; that’s a fantastic program that I will prepare closely with the team this winter,” said the 20-year-old Englishman.
Max Anstie: Searle’s teammate will be Max Anstie, another of the best young British prospects who has also raced in the USA this season after started his professional career there. Only 17-years-old and son of former GP winner Mervyn, Max was a promising Team Green rider in Europe before he moved to the USA two years ago, twice winning the prestigious Bercy Supercross on an 85cc Kawasaki. Max will focus on the GP scene in 2011 after signing a two-year contract with CLS Kawasaki Pro Circuit.
CLS owner Jean Jacques Luisetti: “At the beginning of its history our team was mainly French, but thanks to Kawasaki we have never stopped growing since our debut on the GP scene. Our venture with Pro Circuit has further upped our status in the World Championship; it’s exciting to have such a great connection with Mitch Payton. We are proud to see Tommy racing for us next season on both sides of the Atlantic, and with Max we will have one of the fastest kids on our bikes; I’m convinced that they will come to the GPs even stronger after racing two years in the USA, and the team is ready for this great challenge in the World and French MX2 championships.”
Mitch Payton: “I am very excited to have Tommy in the team, and I think we have a good chance to win the world title with him. It is great to see how we are working together with Harry Nolte and the CLS people in Europe to make this project work. During our first year of cooperation we have already got great results, and for sure we’ll be even stronger in the future.”