Dixon update on 2020 plans – hints at MXGP and Anstie interest
The Bike it Kawasaki Dixon Racing Team could be toasting their first FIM World Championship by the Grand Prix of Turkey with Courtney Duncan fronting WMX by 26 points heading into the final round but the British team are considering riders in multiple classes for 2020 to accompany the New Zealander who signed to remain on the KX250F for the next two years at Imola.
Owner and manager Steve Dixon has yet to announce his MX2 entry for next year but is believed to have contracted a leading Australian racer as current incumbent Darian Sanayei ages-out of MX2 for 2020. Mainly an MX2 squad thanks to the Brit’s innovative engineering efforts with the KX250F and only venturing into the premier class with Tommy Searle for two terms, Dixon is again considering MXGP due to the potential of the swollen rider market and priorities for Kawasaki Motor Europe.
“We have two riders signed and maybe looking for one more but there are a lot of options and I’m open to what is around,” he revealed. “Now that the main tier of factory riders are either finalised or fixed there are still a lot of really good ones available. It is now just a waiting game to see what is the best way to make the most impact and whether that is in MXGP or MX2. We have experience with both, and now Kawasaki has a really good base with both the KX250F and the 450 so there is less work. We also have a good relationship with WP Suspension so for any rider coming away from European brands then they also have information.”
If American Sanayei wishes to remain in Europe and tackle the MXGP class then he could stay in the Kawasaki set-up for a fourth year but names like Adam Sterry and Max Anstie (Dixon’s former racer and GP winner in MX2) have also been connected. “Our focus is to get results, which then turns into sponsorship. Ultimately we are heavily backed by Kawasaki Motor Europe so we follow their direction,” Dixon added. “Max [Anstie] could fall into that category because the British series could be a point of interest.”
Words: Adam Wheeler