August 9, 2017 – Julien Lieber will be part of fellow Belgian Clement Desalle within the Monster Vitality Kawasaki Racing Staff when he strikes to the MXGP premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship subsequent season.
Lieber had a fantastic weekend in his residence GP at Lommel final weekend; he claimed his fifth MX2 podium of the season, was chosen as a member of the Belgian group for the upcoming Motocross of Nations and signed a contract to race the manufacturing facility Kawasaki KX450-SR subsequent season! It was the primary spotlight to this point of a beautiful season throughout which he has made a sensational comeback as a privateer within the MX2 collection after one full yr out of motion. Already thought-about some of the promising Belgian hopefuls after rating sixth within the 2015 World Championship and standing on the rostrum with Staff Belgium on the MX of Nations, Julien spent final yr in quite a few hospitals and recuperation centres after surgical procedure to each hips. Again on a motorbike this season he shocked many individuals when he took the crimson plate as MX2 collection chief in Indonesia, and later confirmed that he was again to his finest type with 5 podiums to this point. Racing this yr in his personal non-public group, Julien who turned 23 years outdated in June, already has some expertise of the 450 as he entered the French seaside collection on this class 5 years in the past; he’ll line up subsequent season alongside Clement Desalle, and can begin working with the group instantly after the Motocross of Nations in October.
Julien Lieber: “Coming again to racing this season, one among my targets was to get a high experience for the MXGP class, and I’m so completely satisfied to have achieved that. Becoming a member of the primary class with such knowledgeable group is sort of a dream, and for positive I’ll do my finest to get sturdy outcomes. There’s a number of high riders within the MXGP however I already skilled and raced on a 450 a few years in the past and I believe that this class will go well with my using fashion; I’ve ridden a 250 for seven years now, so it truly is the suitable second to maneuver up and you’ll’t do it in a extra skilled group than the Monster Vitality Kawasaki Racing Staff. I’m additionally completely satisfied to be teammate with Clément; we have already got a very good relationship and I’m positive we’ll work intently collectively.”
Steve Guttridge: “I’m glad to see Julien becoming a member of us; there are a number of younger riders coming from MX2 and it will likely be very attention-grabbing. Julien has a number of expertise on a motorbike, rides rather well and I’m positive he’ll transfer to the 450 rather well. I believe that our two guys will work nicely collectively in coaching and that’s necessary for the group ambiance; it’s a protracted season, everybody has to work collectively for a similar purpose and I believe with these two guys we now have a very good mixture. We need to go for the title subsequent season; everyone knows that Clement is greater than able to that. He’s so skilled and may be on the rostrum each weekend and that’s the way in which to win this championship. The group is so skilled now. They’ve a bunch of men all working in concord for a similar purpose; the riders belief in what they are saying throughout testing and the construct as much as the race weekend. The set-up is ideal after which it’s as much as the riders to do the job throughout the weekend.”
Thierry Chizat Suzzoni: “Initially I need to thank Jordi Tixier for his dedication throughout these two seasons with us. We seen Julien this season, coming again strongly after one season out of racing resulting from surgical procedure; he made enormous progress with Yves (Demaria) at his aspect and we’re completely satisfied to have him be part of the group within the MXGP class. We’ll work intently with him so he can adapt nicely to the 450, and for positive Clement may also assist him. Clement is aware of the bike and the group completely; he labored exhausting final winter with the group to develop the bike even additional and now he’s very assured when he’s on his bike and has been getting sturdy outcomes each weekend. We’re already working for 2018, and as quickly as Julien joins us we’ll begin testing with him.”