Strijbos’ Suzuki project won’t continue – uncertain future!
Late last year, Kevin Strijbos had announced that he was going to start up his own team for the 2020 season – the KSRTMX team with Johannes-Bikes supplying the machinery. It was good news for Suzuki fans as it meant we were going to see one in MXGP once again.
Unfortunately, it was a tough season for Strijbos as he had back and hip issues which meant we only saw him in action at the opening two rounds at Matterley Basin and Valkenswaaard.
Sadly, for the 2021 season, we won’t see Strijbos continue on a Suzuki as the brand don’t want to supply bikes and parts next year which is very disappointing news for the sport.
“No, the Suzuki project is not going to be continued unfortunately. I tried really hard but they don’t want to supply bikes and parts for next year. It is a real shame I think for the brand but it’s the way it is now. Suzuki have always been good to me and I hope soon they will return to the MXGP paddock”, Strijbos told GateDrop.com.
As of right now, Strijbos future is uncertain but he’s still motivated to race if he can secure a ride in the paddock. The Belgian is unlikely to continue with his own team as he can’t secure the machinery.
Even if Strijbos can’t secure a ride – he’s open to anything as he’s clearly motivated and isn’t ready to walk away from the sport just yet. It would be nice if Strijbos could secure a ride and then walk away from the sport on his own terms when he’s ready in the future.
“At the moment, I have no plans but I am open for everything including a test/development rider or helping at the track. I am speaking to some teams to see if I can help them and still ride. I tried with other brands for my own team but it is really difficult because of COVID-19 they say”, Strijbos concluded.
Article: Andy McKinstry
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