Jasikonis and Petrov sign with Assomotor Honda in MXGP
- Two new MXGP riders on the Honda CRF450R
- Join Assomotor’s two EMX250 race winners from 2017
- Forato and Boisramè on the all-new 2018 Honda CRF250R
Jasikonis brings with him a wave of building momentum, on the back of his first full MXGP season in 2017 which yielded three moto top-three finishes and a career-first MXGP podium in Portugal. Riding the Honda CRF450R for the first time, the 20-year-old Lithuanian and ex-national junior champion in his home country will be well-suited to Honda’s all-new for 2017 large capacity motocross machine, and is confident of continuing his ascent of the MXGP ranks.
Joining him under the team’s awning is Petrov who steps up to the MXGP class after several years in the highly-competitive MX2 category. For the 23-year-old Bulgarian though it’s not the first time he’s ridden a Honda, having competed in his first full MX2 season in 2010 aboard a CRF250R with SRS Honda.
The Honda Redmoto Assomotor team will also enter two CRF250Rs in the EMX250 category, continuing with Honda 150 European Championship graduate Alberto Forato, who finished an impressive fourth overall in 2017, and 2017 race-winner Mathys Boisramè who won motos in France and Russia on his way to finishing ninth overall despite missing nearly half the season.
Testing with the new team line-up has already started in advance of the first round of the new season which takes place in Argentina on 3-4 March 2018.
Alfredo Bevilacqua, MXGP Team Manager
“We’re very happy to welcome Arminas and Petar to the team for the 2018 season. Both riders have proved that they are fast and can fight at the top, so we’re looking forward to building with them the good performances we saw this season. We have a new team but already good relationships are being built which is very important for working well together. Arminas is new to the CRF450R but he is well suited to the bike and I am sure will be very fast on it. Petar knows Honda from some months ago and is fitting very well back onto the new bike. Testing has already started and is looking good, so we are confident for a strong 2018 MXGP season.”
Petar Petrov, MXGP Rider
“I am very happy to be working with Honda Europe and the Assomotor team in 2018.
They’ve made some big steps since they started the team and I believe that in 2018 we are having a strong team and can show some great result. I really like the bike and can’t wait to get started with my preparation and looking forward to a good 1st MXGP season.”
Arminas Jasikonis, MXGP Rider
“I’m very happy about this partnership with Assomotor, and very motivated to work for good results for the upcoming 2018 season.”
Mathys Boisramè, EMX250 Rider
“I’m happy to be back with Team Assomotor and Honda Europe. We have come to know each other and I think we will make a good team for 2018. I hope that many of you will follow me for this season in the European Championship. I would also be behind the grid for four MX2 GPs this season.”
Alberto Forato, EMX250 Rider
“It’s great to continue with the Assomotor team. We had some good results last year and finished fourth overall in the championship, so I’m looking forward to building on that with the new CRF250R.”