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Stephen Sword set to re-conquer MX2 with Molson
Molson Kawasaki’s plans for 2007 FIM World Championship and Maxxis British series success have been boasted by the signature of former multi-British number one Stephen Sword.
The 26 year old Scot will again enter the MX2 class in which he emerged as one of the UK’s best riders through an association with Kawasaki in 2004 and 2005, winning one Grand Prix and three heats as well as the Dutch Championship in that period and finishing fourth in the ’04 standings. An attempt at the MX1 class this year was prematurely curtailed when he unluckily broke his right foot at the German Grand Prix.
"All my confidence and achievements have been in MX2. I am immediately quite confident in myself moving back to the 250. I know I have the speed and if I can get myself up to 100% and prepare myself well then I can win. I will have good people around to push me in that direction," said Sword, who has actually ridden a 125cc machine for Molson in the past.
Stephen Sword (GBR, Kawasaki) in Teutschenthal (GER)
Photo by: Jens Pohl
"I was with the team when it was MJ Church Kawasaki at the start,” he added. “It was good then and they took me up a level as a rider. I think they have improved to the point where they are now one of the best teams in the paddock. Their structure and way to work is very professional and I believe they have all the attributes to be able to win a World Championship. Tommy has given them two podiums this season and I hope I can deliver more. It would be nice for me to give something back after they helped me out in the beginning."
Sword will enter his fourth consecutive season as a Kawasaki representative and expects to be able to start riding later in the year after a complicated injury.
"We are thrilled to have signed Swordy because we know that we are working with one of the fastest British riders with a very good record of results," said Team Manager Lisa Church. "The profile of the team has soared this season and with Gareth and Stephen confirmed for next year we will again be one of the protagonists both at home and abroad."