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Coldenhoff expected to be unveiled as Factory Yamaha rider

Coldenhoff expected to be unveiled as Factory Yamaha rider
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2020 MXGP Grand Prix winner Glenn Coldenhoff has apparently agreed to be a Monster Energy Yamaha rider alongside Jeremy Seewer for 2021 as the last movements in the paddock have been confirmed around the triple header events in Mantova this week.

Coldenhoff, who claimed the first GP at Kegums in Latvia after the five-month hiatus in MXGP caused by the Covid-19 pandemic but then suffered a back and rib injury in the following race a few days later, was rumoured to have been on the radar of the Japanese brand for several months. The 29-year old’s breakaway from the GasGas Standing Construct Factory racing crew will be the second time in his career that he has departed Tim Mathys’ crew for another manufacturer’s works deal. #259 won his first Grand Prix in MX2 in 2013 then the team were running KTMs to join Suzuki with whom he stayed for for two terms.

Coldenhoff originally gave GasGas their very first MXGP FIM World Championship race victory and was allegedly torn over whether to leave the project and join Yamaha’s official effort that is based in the Netherlands and controlled from Yamaha Motor Europe’s Amsterdam HQ. His third team change in four years opens the door for Pauls Jonass to potentially step onto the MC 450 F.

The Latvian saw his saddle at Rockstar Energy IceOne Husqvarna taken by the incoming Thomas Kjer Olsen with the 23-year old Dane aging out of MX2 for 2021. The spot could also be occupied by Gautier Paulin, who, along with Arnaud Tonus, could see an end to their Yamaha tenure if the Monster Energy squads downsizes from three to two racers; Yamaha have yet to decide if three official YZ450FMs will run next season.

Words: Adam Wheeler

Pic: Yamaha Racing

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