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The rumors have been confirmed, Thomas Covington is headed back to Europe to compete for the Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Supported MXGP Team in the 2020 MXGP season. The American from Alabama grew up racing all across the U.S. but when it was time for him to turn Pro in 2014, Thomas got an offer from the CLS Kawasaki team and he was off to Europe to compete in the MXGP World Championship. Thomas spent five seasons racing all over the world and he earned four MX2 Grand Prix wins and 16 MX2 podium finishes. Thomas also represented USA at the 2017 Motocross of Nations.

Thomas Covington_2019 Daytona Supercross-15Thomas Covington #112 rode for the Rockstar Husqvarna team during the 2019 Supercross and motocross seasons in America. 

After a successful 2018 season at the GP’s, Thomas took an offer to come back home to America and race Supercross and motocross for the Rockstar Husqvarna factory team. This was an opportunity for Thomas to come home and race Supercross for the first time. Unfortunately Thomas struggled in Supercross and he was never able to find his stride. Eventually a knee injury caused him to miss the end of the season. Coming into Hangtown hopes were high for Covington since he had been successful racing outdoors in the GP’s, but his struggles continues until he announced that he had been struggling from the Epstein-barr virus after the Thunder Valley National.

Now Thomas is headed back to Europe and since he is over the 23-year-old age limit for the MX2 250 class, Thomas will make the jump up to the Yamaha YZ450F and compete in the MXGP 450 class.

Official Yamaha Press Release:

Thomas Covington to Europe MXGP Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha

Yamaha Motor Europe is delighted to announce that a new partnership has been formed with the freshly named Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Supported MXGP Team where the outfit based in Rogat, The Netherlands, will operate as a Yamaha Motor Europe ‘Supported’ team inside the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. The team will field three YZ450F riders in the premier class. High profile MXGP veteran Alessandro Lupino will continue with the team for a third year and will be joined on the gate by two exciting young rookies, Thomas Covington and Calvin Vlaanderen.

Former Junior Motocross World Champion Alessandro Lupino will remain on the Gebben Van Venrooy Team for a third season. The happy-go-lucky 29-year-old from Viterbo, Italy is excited to enter his fifth season inside the premier class with the familiar support of the Gebben Yamaha Supported MXGP Team where he will line-up on a cutting edge YZ450F machine.

Joining Lupino on Yamaha’s proven YZ450F, former MX2 Grand Prix winners Thomas Covington and Calvin Vlaanderen will make the step-up from MX2 to the MXGP class in 2020. Between them in MX2 they have accumulated 26 podium finishes and five Grand Prix wins.

As the most successful American to contest the FIM Motocross World Championship in the last decade with four MX2 Grand Prix wins and 16 MX2 podium finishes, Covington, a 24-year-old from Alabama, is set to return to Europe where he will make his MXGP debut onboard a YZ450F at the opening round of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship at Matterley Basin in Winchester, England.

After a powerful end to his MX2 career where he celebrated a maiden win for The Netherlands at the 2019 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, in Assen, The Netherland, Vlaanderen is highly motivated to start training with the Gebben Yamaha Supported MXGP Team. The 23-year-old South African, who has also obtained Dutch citizenship, made four podium appearances in his final MX2 season and, like Covington, is determined to make a successful transition from the 250cc to the 450cc.

Alessandro Lupino: “I’m really happy to be back on Yamaha. I made my World Championship debut on Yamaha and I was a part of the Yamaha Family for many years, so it is really nice to be back on a blue bike especially with this team because they have worked so hard over the last two years that I have been with them. The team started out as a small team and they have improved year after year, so I am happy that next year we will line up with a very strong team. I think that with my teammates Thomas Covington and Calvin Vlaanderen, we can do a lot for the team, and I know they will do a lot for us. I am looking forward to training with them and I think it will be a great and fun season.”

Thomas Covington: “I’m super excited to be coming back to MXGP for the 2020 season. Especially with a great team like Gebben Van Venrroy with the support from Yamaha. I’m looking forward to a fresh start to show what I can do in the premier class”

Calvin Vlaanderen: “I am really excited to have signed with Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Supported MXGP Team for 2020 and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. I’m really motivated to move up to the 450cc and although everything will be new to me and it will definitely be a learning year, I feel I have had some incredible experiences in MX2 that I can carry with into the bigger class and I feel like I can get some good result. The team is awesome and extremely motivated especially with the switch to Yamaha, and I get a good feeling from that. I know that we will work very hard for the upcoming season.”

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