Charlie Cole signs with DRT Kawasaki – selected MX2 GP’s

The past few years the DRT Kawasaki team have focused on one MX2 World Championship rider but with Mikkel Haarup parting ways with the team, Dixon quickly replaced him with American rider, Jack Chambers.

Dixon has now also decided to add to his rider line up giving a great opportunity to young British rider, Charlie Cole who has mostly concentrated on domestic racing but has got some EMX wildcard experiences from the past.

Cole has been strong in the MX2 British Championship this year racing his Blades Bikes Kawasaki currently sitting fifth in the championship battle after four rounds.

The young Brit now has the opportunity to race with the world’s best 250cc riders and will have good machinery. His first MX2 GP will be this weekend in Germany and his DRT Kawasaki debut.

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How the deal came about with the team to race selected MX2 GP’s…

Cole: I got the chance to start working with the DRT team last winter. The Idea was incase of local testing needed because all the riders live overseas during the off season and Kawasaki like that the team have links to British riders always. Because of that there was always the chance to take in some MXGP’s with the team.

How does it feel to get the opportunity to race the World Championship…

Cole: I’m super excited about the opportunity! My riding has been good and I feel fit and so comfortable with my Blades Bikes Kawasaki KX250. It’s an opportunity I’ve been dreaming of all through my career, so to get it now at 22 whilst still in the MX2 age limit is perfect.

Roughly how many rounds he’ll race…

Cole: It’s still being decided and we will take it round by round but potentially several.

Expectations racing the MX2 World Championship… 

Cole: I just want to be in the mix. Score some points, progress each round and enjoy the experience along the way. Let’s see… I’d like to be able to show the young crop of British talent coming up now that it’s possible to breakthrough to GP’s still with hard work. I just want to say a massive thank you to Harry at Blades bikes, I wouldn’t be in this position without his belief in me the last couple of years. I’d like to thank all my sponsors and family for the support and commitment behind the progress I’m making.

Article: Andy McKinstry

Image: Scott Dunne