2021 FACTORY GASGAS TEAM INTRO
Again in 2019, KTM AG reached out and purchased one more producer to throw below their umbrella, this time being the GasGas model. Since then, we’ve seen a few groups racing the newly developed GasGas motocross bikes in Europe on the MXGPs, just a few appearances on the brand new enduro fashions in the course of the abbreviated Exhausting Enduro sequence within the later elements of 2020, as properly just a few amateurs right here in the USA which have already made the leap over to the most recent steed within the Austrian firm’s steady of bikes. What we hadn’t but seen, although, was the most recent crew of manufacturing facility riders to be primarily based out of the Southern California headquarters. Right now we lastly obtained that likelihood, the place we obtained to move out to RD Area up above KTM’s store in Murrieta to be correctly launched to the model new Supercross, Motocross and GNCC groups, in addition to the persevering with trials squad. Right here’s who all goes to be on the opposite pink machine in 2021:
Troy Lee Designs/Pink Bull/GasGas Manufacturing unit Racing
Though the GasGas model is model new to the scene of each Supercross and Professional Motocross, they don’t have to start out fully blind. Clearly they’ve the information and knowhow from their sister firms’ expertise, however they get the additional benefit of additionally being the continuation of what was the Troy Lee Designs/Pink Bull/KTM 250 group, now simply with a 450 roster on high of all of it. So, despite the fact that it’s a new model coming into the stadiums of Supercross, the crew coming alongside for the experience is already acquainted with what’s occurring.
The person making the most important transfer from one other group is former Manufacturing unit Yamaha rider Justin Barcia. For the final three seasons, we’ve seen BamBam on blue, however with how the Manufacturing unit Yamaha and Star Racing Yamaha groups merged, together with the rebranding of the Troy Lee Deigns/Pink Bull group going from KTM to GasGas, the pink bike simply had a bit extra to supply to the New Yorker. For 2021, Barcia can be competing on the GasGas MC450F within the premier 450 class.
Making a barely lesser leap from group to group is Michael Mosiman, who simply traded in his Rockstar Vitality/Husqvarna hat for a Pink Bull/GasGas one and headed subsequent door to his new store. Mosiman’s familiarity with how the Austrian bikes function will permit him to maintain progressing as he has been for the previous couple of years now. The quantity 42 is seeking to be preventing for fundamental occasion wins and finally be within the hunt for the title on the finish of the season.
Pierce Brown had the simplest “transition” of the three new TLD GasGas riders, as all that modified for him was the introduction of a brand new producer, however nonetheless below the identical tent. Brown continues to be recovering from the knee surgical procedure he underwent final fall, however he can be alongside Mosiman on the GasGas MC250F.
GasGas Coastal Manufacturing unit Racing
Identical to the Troy Lee Designs/Pink Bull/GasGas group, the Coastal racing effort isn’t having to start out from scratch. For the previous couple of years, the group has been competing on the east coast on board Husqvarnas, however now can be making the transfer to take over because the Manufacturing unit GasGas off-road racing group beginning within the 2021 season. With GNCC legend Barry Hawk managing a powerful group of proficient riders, the group has hopes for excellent issues to come back this yr and past.
GasGas Coastal Manufacturing unit Racing will host a two member squad within the professional ranks on the GNCC occasions in 2021, one within the XC1 division and the opposite in XC2. Their decide for the XC1 class is returning rider Ricky Russell, who signed with the Coastal group for the 2020 season, however ended up having a reasonably extreme damage half approach via the yr. Now that he’s again wholesome, Russell is able to leap on the brand new machine and make an amazing renewing debut of the GasGas model. Johnny Girroir can be manning the EX250F within the XC2 class. Girroir makes the transfer over from the Path Jester’s KTM group, the place he got here actually near clinching the title in 2020. Girroir seems to bounce again in 2021 and safe what was nearly his final yr.
Manufacturing unit GasGas Trials
The one riders on the intro who’ve already been competing on the GasGas equipment have been have been the 2 on the Manufacturing unit Trials group. Each of them come into the 2021 season with at the least just a few years of expertise on GasGas, so they are going to undoubtedly be snug from the get go.
GasGas’ Males’s Professional rider on the group is Daniel Blanc-Gonnet, who not too way back was competing right here on RD discipline for the inaugural California Trial Invitational introduced by GasGas. On the occasion, he didn’t place the place would have favored, however after just a few months off the bike, he was nonetheless comfortable to be using once more. After watching a number of the issues he did right this moment on the trials course, it’s secure to say that the additional time below his belt is paying off properly. The opposite member of the Manufacturing unit GasGas Trials group , Madeleine Hoover, can also be nonetheless recovering from knee surgical procedure, so she wasn’t in a position to experience right this moment both. It received’t be an excessive amount of longer earlier than we see her again on the bike, nevertheless.