Bengtsson switches to KTM!
Filip Bengtsson has signed with the JHMX KTM team for the 2017 season. The main goals will be to compete in the Belgian and Dutch Championships but he will also take part in the European sand MXGP rounds.
Filip has given us an update on his facebook page which follows.
“So… 2016 was a really tough year. I opened the season strongly and felt I was in good shape things where looking good until unfortunately i damaged my back in a hefty accident at the Swedish championships in Tomelilla that left me unable to walk away from.
It was a huge blow for me and a huge challenge mentally, i was fairly dejected to say the least. A comeback was the last thing on my mind and this was totally new for me. It was a really strange feeling that I never felt before. Normally im straight back to my feet and ready to go but this time i decided to take a “break” from everything.
Within two months, I met my team Castrol Suzuki at a trade show in Cologne, and told them how I felt we agreed to end our contract at the end of 2016.I would also like to thank them for all the support during the year, I know it was a tough one.
Things were looking pretty bad until In early November, I was approached by Jan Heusschen who runs a KTM shop in Holland, just 35 minutes away from where I live. He wondered what I had planned for 2017. We decided that I would try one of his bikes and see what I thought. Immediately when I sat on the bike, it felt like i was home! I Have never really got the feeling on any other bike than the KTM.
All of a sudden my hunger was back again and it felt so good to be back on an ‘orange bike’ again.
We decided to do a collaboration in 2017, where I will focus on the Dutch / Belgian Championships and then make appearances in the World Championships.
So now I’m more than stoked to announce that in 2017 you will see me on a KTM for JHMX service”.