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International MX News : MX / SX World Championships
20.07.2006 Gareth Swanepoel extends Molson Kawasaki association
Molson Kawasaki are happy to announce that Gareth Swanepoel (RSA) has signed a new contract with the British team and the partnership will run into its third year for the 2007 FIM Motocross World Championship.
The squad have enjoyed their best campaign ever with two Grand Prix podiums and a string of top ten finishes from both of their lead riders this season. Swanepoel, who broke his scaphoid only weeks before the first round of the World Championship in April, has been a strong and consistent member of the line-up and is chuffed to be continuing in ‘green’ for one more term.
Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki) in Teutschenthal (GER)
 Photo by: Jens Pohl
Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki) in Teutschenthal (GER)
Photo by: Jens Pohl
"I am really happy with this new deal because I believe that Molson Kawasaki is a team that can be in contention for a World Championship," the 21 year old said. "I think quite a lot of riders will be moving to MX1 next year and we will be in a decent position to go for the title. It will be both my goal and the team’s to push as hard as we can for that Championship and I am pumped to have signed here again."
"Of course we are pleased to have Gareth onboard," commented team manager Lisa Church, "he has not had the best of luck with injuries but when he is fit then his potential is clear to see. Gareth is a pleasure to work with and he is just the kind of rider we need in order to keep on progressing."
Tommy Searle will not be a part of the team for 2007. The teenager, who has enjoyed a phenomenal breakthrough on the Molson KX 250-F, will be moving onto pastures new.
"We are disappointed to lose Tommy because obviously he has delivered some good results this year and is undoubtedly a natural talent but good luck to him for the future," commented Church. "We will disclose our other riders for 2007 very shortly."
Molson Kawasaki are in action again this weekend for the sixth round of the British MX Championship at the Skelder Bank circuit near Whitby.
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