Confirmed: Mikkel Haarup inks deal with DRT Kawasaki

DRT enters its 8th year with Kawasaki, having delivered 3 World WMX Championships and a 3rd MX2 Overall finish. 2022 will see the team look to add another WMX Championship and for the MX2 effort welcome 20-year-old Mikkel Haarup – who has signed a 2 year deal with Kawasaki Europe.

Haarup, the young Danish rider will stay with Kawasaki but move to the DRT Kawasaki team in a bid to find glory. The English-based team are no strangers to taking riders that next step of a GP win.

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Team owner Steve Dixon was delighted with the signing – “This is my 33rd year as a team owner, and every year is a new challenge. This year is no exception – we are super happy to welcome Mikkel to the team, it’s going to be a very interesting project as he still has 3 years left in the MX2 class, to think he has already podiumed and had some good rides makes me very excited to see if I can bring the best out of him, there is absolutely no reason why he cannot be pushing at the front each GP. I have spent some time with Mikkel and I really like his attitude and determination and professionalism – he’s a joy to work with.”

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Mikkel Haarup“I’m very happy to finally be able to announce that I have signed with DRT Kawasaki. It’s great to be part of a team with such and experience, and that shares my will to learn and improve together. I have a great feeling with the team already, and I am very much looking forward to two successful years with Kawasaki and Dixon Racing Team”.

Taylor Hammal will continue his second year of his contract after injuries last year.

Courtney Duncan has agreed to return for a further two years, to continue the WMX efforts and look for a fourth back to back World Championship.

Words: Kawasaki