Saad Soulimani looking for a ride

At the end of the 2021 season, and while we hear that the TBS Conversion KTM team will drastically reduce its presence in the European championships, Saad Soulimani has yet to find a ride for the 2022 season.

Second in the French Junior championship in 2019, third in the latter in 2020, Saad Soulimani made the transition to the 250cc class in the off-season and this year tackled his first term in the European 250 championship.

Although he showed good speed on track with his TBS Conversion KTM machine, Saad Soulimani was not able to escape the bad luck that hit him a lot this year. A thumb injury, a Covid-19 infection and a broken foot have prevented him from competing in 5 rounds this season – half of the European Championship – and most importantly from performing at his best.

For Saad Soulimani and all the riders of the TBS Conversion KTM team – including Rick Elzinga, Meico Vettik and Tim Edberg – the end of the 2021 season marks the need to find a new home for the following season. If for some, the contract has already been signed, Saad Soulimani is still looking for a team to compete on what would be his second season in the European 250 championship in 2022.

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This season, Saad Soulimani – 18 years old – took part in his first two races of the French Elite MX2 Championship in Magescq and Villars-sous-Ecôt; he finished on the podium – 3rd – in the Landes sand and 10th in the Doubs. Saad also finished 17th in Pietramurata and Citta Di Mantova, 13th in Garda and 14th in Lombardia.

Saad Soulimani: “The 2021 season has been a learning season for me in the EMX250 class, despite the difficulties, I have not given up and I have given my best in every race. I was able to fight for top 10 places in the European championship, and climb on my first podium in the French Elite championship; the margin of progression is still important and in fact, I am over-motivated to perform in 2022”.


Pic: MX July

Words: Kevin Frelaud