Two year deal for Kane
Three times Swedish champion Natalie Kane will join up with Frida Östlund in the Honda MX Swedish team and complete in the Woman’s world championship.
The contract was signed at the end of last week and a two year deal has been agreed. This will be the start of a longer and deep cooperation between the girls and Honda Motorcycle.
The team will primarily focus on the WMX Championship series in 2017, but will also stand on the start line at some national enduro contests like Gotland Grand National and Stångebro.
In addition to good performance on the racetrack Frida and Natalie will also be able to assist with their knowledge and experience at our various motocross event and as coaches in our popular training camp – Honda MX Academy, says Lotta Jegenstam at Honda motorbike.
Natalie Kane won her third straight Swedish national championship in 2016, she has also been a British champion no less than five times and took two World Championship medals, silver and bronze. Because of injuries at the beginning of last season she missed the start of the World Championship but the training has been good and she has now had almost two seasons without any major damage.
“I’m thrilled to be back at Honda and the future cooperation with Honda Motorcycle Sweden, two years at least as well! There will also be lots of fun to team up with Frida and I think we can push each other hard and hopefully get good results.”
Frida has been riding for Team Honda MX Sweden a few years now but got a tough start of this year when she was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Despite the failure to exercise for a long time due to illness, she managed to take tenth place in the World Championship in Valkenswaard and third place in the Swedish Championship in Tibro before it was time for the next setback when she during a practice at Arlanda injured herself and got sidelined from the racetrack for three months which destroyed the entire season.
“But now I am whole and back on the bike and hope to have a good winter with a lot of training. I also hope to get back on the podium in the Swedish Championship next year since I broke my five year in a row medal streak this year, which four of them years was with Honda. I am very happy to continue working with Honda and in another two years and it will be fun to ride as a team together with Natalie who right now is the one everyone is hunting here in Sweden.”