• ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING SIGN ARMINAS JASIKONIS
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    21-YEAR-OLD LITHUANIAN RACER TO COMPLETE HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES’ MXGP CLASS LINE-UP ALONGSIDE PAULS JONASS

    Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the signing of Arminas Jasikonis who will race for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team throughout the 2019 season. The 21-year-old racer from Lithuania will partner Pauls Jonass in a highly promising two-rider team that will compete in the MXGP class of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

    Entering the MXGP World Championship at the age of 19, the highlight of Arminas Jasikonis’ career to date was a podium result at the GP of Portugal in 2017, during his first full season of international 450cc competition. Set to enter his third full season of MXGP class racing with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team, the tall Lithuanian will pilot Husqvarna’s FC 450 machine in the 20-round 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship.

    At just 21 years of age, both Arminas Jasikonis and his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team partner Pauls Jonass have bright futures ahead of them. Together they form a highly-promising Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team, which will remain under the guidance of highly-experienced GP racer Antti Pyrhönen.

    Arminas Jasikonis – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing: “I’m really looking forward to entering the 2019 series with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MXGP team. I’ve been closely following their work and to finally be a member of this great team feels like a dream has come true. I admire their professionalism and I am willing to work harder than ever so I can give my best in each and every GP. This will be my third full season in the MXGP category and I am really motivated to make it the best one so far. Coming from a shoulder injury, I’ve worked really hard to be physically stronger and I’m now looking forward to start riding my new FC 450 machine. It’s a great bike and I believe I am capable of doing great things aboard this machine.”

    Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles: “We strongly believe in Arminas’ potential and we are excited to have him join our team for the coming season. Despite his young age, Arminas will be now entering his third complete season of MXGP class competition. Demonstrating good speed in the past, he is already a podium finisher in the class. Our immediate goal with Arminas is to help him turn this potential into consistently positive results. I have full confidence that our MXGP team can provide Arminas with what’s needed in order for him to take his career to new level.”

    Antti Pyrhönen - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team manager: “We are looking forward to working with Arminas Jasikonis and I personally believe he will be a perfect fit to our team alongside Pauls Jonass. Battling through a challenging season, Arminas is extremely motivated to turn a new page in his career with our team. We want to provide him with all the right tools so that he can step up his game and become a contender for podium results and GP victories. Both Arminas and Pauls are extremely talented and we believe in their potential. I am really looking forward to seeing them battle it out in the MXGP class once the season begins.”

  • ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING SIGN PAULS JONASS
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    Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to welcome Pauls Jonass to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team, where the 21-year-old Latvian will compete on Husqvarna’s FC 450 machine throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

    Crowned MX2 World Champion in 2017, Pauls Jonass has been one of the most successful 250cc class riders in recent history. With the 2017 season being the highlight of his career to date, that season Pauls reached the podium in 15 out of the 19 rounds. Involved in a thrilling battle to defend his title throughout 2018, Pauls ended his campaign as the 2018 FIM MX2 World Championship runner-up.

    Despite his young age, Pauls already has more than a decade of motocross racing experience under his belt. Gradually advancing through the ranks of the junior categories, Pauls was crowned the 2011 85cc Junior World Champion, winning the 125cc Junior Motocross World Championship two years later.

    At just 21 years of age, Jonass is one of the most promising young riders of his era. Known for his strong work ethic and determination to succeed, the rider from Aizpute, Latvia is a perfect fit for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

    With Pauls Jonass joining the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP squad with immediate effect, further details on the team’s complete line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Pauls Jonass – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing: “I’m really excited to be part of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. The switch to the MXGP category is a big move for me but I can’t wait to get started. Joining such an acclaimed team gives me a huge amount of motivation to continue working hard in order to achieve my goals. I’m looking ahead to a great future with the team. I’ve known Antti [Pyrhönen] and the rest of the team members for some years already and it feels good to start working with them. Following my knee surgery last month, my goal right now is to start riding my Husqvarna at the earliest possible time. I want to maximise my time on the bike, so I can be fully-fit and ready to enter this exciting new season in the MXGP category.”

    Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles: “We are extremely happy to have former MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass join our team. We truly believe Pauls has the potential to become a frontrunner in the extremely competitive MXGP category. Pauls is one of the most experienced motocross racers of his generation and already a three-time World Champion. His speed is never in doubt, and he has impressed us, as he has the wider motocross community, with his ability to perform on varying track conditions. It’s going to be an exciting new season and we are all looking forward to seeing Pauls do battle against the MXGP class elite aboard our FC 450 machine.”

    Kimi Räikkönen - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (IceOne) team owner: “With Pauls joining our team the goal is to continue our success. The Motocross World Championship is the most competitive global motocross series and we’re pleased to be strengthening our team with a former World Champion. I am confident all members of our team will give their best to help Pauls achieve his goals in the MXGP class.”

    Antti Pyrhönen - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team manager: “We are all looking forward to working with Pauls Jonass as he starts an exciting new chapter in his professional motocross career. Everyone knows Pauls is an extremely hard working rider, which we know will help him fit in perfectly with our team. Already being a world champion speaks volumes about his capabilities. He is both physically and mentally strong and has demonstrated time and again that he is able to excel even under the toughest conditions. We all can’t wait to start working with this young and extremely talented rider.”

  • PAULIN FIFTH OVERALL IN ITALY
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    Strong fifth overall at the Imola track allowed Gautier Paulin to gain one position in the elite class’ championship standings. Earning 4/6 results in Italy, Paulin claimed wraps up the 2018 MXGP World Championship in fifth.

    Despite not getting the desired starts, Max Anstie battled to 9/13 results in Italy. Claiming 10th in the 2018 MXGP World Championship, Anstie is now looking ahead to next weekend’s Motocross of Nations.

    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders Gautier Paulin and Max Anstie will return to action at the 2018 Motocross of Nations on October 6/7 in the United States, where they will represent Team France and Team Great Britain respectively.

  • ANSTIE THIRD AT THE GP OF THE NETHERLANDS
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    Putting his sand racing skills to good use, Max Anstie raced two strong motos at the Dutch circuit. Starting his weekend with fourth in the Qualifying Race, the young Brit had a good start in the opening MXGP moto to cross the line in third position. Wrapping up the weekend with fourth in moto two, Max collected the points needed to secure third overall at the GP.

    Not getting good starts in either of the two final MXGP class motos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Gautier Paulin was forced to dig deep in the sand at Assen. Collecting 7-8 results in the two MXGP motos, the Frenchman secured seventh overall at the GP of The Netherlands.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the final round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Italy on September 29/30.

  • PAULIN FOURTH IN TURKEY
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    Gautier Paulin wrapped up a tough GP with a solid fourth overall in the class. Eighth in the opening moto, the Frenchman took full advantage of his improved start in moto two to cross the line in fourth position.

    Suffering mistakes in each of the two final motos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie secured 11-16 results for 15th overall at the GP of Turkey.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the penultimate round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in The Netherlands on September 15/16.

  • PAULIN SIXTH OVERALL IN BULGARIA
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    Gautier Paulin raced his FC 450 machine to a positive sixth overall at the GP. Placing fifth in the opening MXGP moto, the Frenchman wrapped up the weekend in Bulgaria with ninth in the second and final moto.

    Unable to finish the opening MXGP moto following a fall, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie bounced back to secure a strong sixth place result in moto two. The Brit claimed 13th overall at the GP.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the 18th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Turkey on September ½.

  • ANSTIE FIFTH OVERALL AT THE GP OF SWITZERLAND
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    Max Anstie’s effort in coming from last to sixth in the opening moto was a memorable one. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider rounded out his strong performance in Switzerland with fifth in the second moto for a strong fifth overall in the MXGP class.

    Starting the GP with seventh in moto one, Gautier Paulin was left with a mountain to climb following a fall in moto two. Crossing the line in 15th place, the Frenchman secured 12th overall at the GP of Switzerland.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the 17th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Bulgaria on August 25/26.

  • MAX ANSTIE THIRD IN BELGIUM
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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie claimed third overall at the GP of Belgium. Demonstrating his sand racing skills, the Brit battled through demanding track conditions to collect two fourth place results in the final MXGP motos.

    The GP of Belgium was a challenging one for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin. Earning a set of 13/13 results the Frenchman was 11th overall in the MXGP category. Collecting 16 valuable points, Gautier remains sixth in the provisional MXGP World Championship standings.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the 16th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Switzerland on August 18/19.

  • RUNNER UP FINISH FOR GAUTIER PAULIN AT MXGP OF LOMBARDIA
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    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER FINISHES SECOND OVERALL AT ROUND 11 OF 2018 MXGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin has finished as runner-up at round 11 of the 2018 FIM World Motocross Championship. He was joined on the overall podium by team-mate Max Anstie in third.

    Held at the sandy Ottobiano track in northern Italy, the MXGP of Lombardia proved to be a tough race for all competitors under the heat of the summer sun. In similar conditions to last year’s race, stamina and a smooth, energy conserving style were key to a top finish.

    In the MXGP class it was Max Anstie who found impressive form in race one to move through the field to take his first race podium of the season. Despite the pressure, Anstie rode with notable confidence to move into the top-three, narrowly missing out on second in the final stages of the race. Gautier Paulin, riding smooth and consistent on the Italian sand, claimed fourth at the flag.

    MXGP race two proved trickier for the FE450 mounted pair as they found themselves just inside the top-10 after lap one. After chasing down and passing the riders ahead, it was Paulin who claimed the podium spot in third, with team-mate Anstie just seconds behind in fourth.

    The strong results over both motos gave the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing a double podium finish with Paulin taking second overall and Anstie third – both riders tied on points for the event.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the 12th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Indonesia on June 30 - July 1.

  • GAUTIER PAULIN SEVENTH OVERALL IN FRANCE
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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin wrapped up his home GP with seventh overall. Following a strong runner-up result in the qualifying moto, the FC 450 powered rider went on to collect a set of 8/5 results.

    Battling his way back from two bad starts, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie claimed 17/16 results for 18th overall at the French GP.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the 11th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Ottobiano, Italy on June 16/17.

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