• JONASS SIXTH OVERALL IN PORTUGAL
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    Securing his maiden MXGP class podium one-week earlier at the wet and muddy MXGP of Lombardia, Pauls Jonass again secured the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team’s highest MXGP class result, finishing a strong sixth overall. Enjoying the dry, fast and flowing Portuguese track, Jonass pushed hard during the first laps of both motos to make several all-important passes before delivering two mistake-free motos.

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  • MAIDEN MXGP CLASS PODIUM FOR PAULS JONASS AT MXGP OF LOMBARDIA
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    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S MXGP ROOKIE SECURES HARD-FOUGHT RUNNER-UP RESULT AT RAIN SOAKED MANTOVA

    Battling against challenging, muddy and changeable track conditions in both motos at the fifth stop of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass has claimed his first MXGP class podium with a well-deserved second place overall result.

    Working hard during the weeks leading up to the GP of Lombardia, Pauls Jonass claimed two strong starts and made light work of the heavily rutted Mantova circuit. Keeping mistakes to a minimum during the opening race, Jonass held fourth during the opening seven laps before moving into third and then, five laps later, into the runner-up spot. Holding position for the final three laps of the moto he secured his best result of the year to date.

    Again fourth early in the race, Jonass quickly moved into third in the second moto before going on to complete 14 of the 15 laps just a handful of bike lengths behind the second placed rider. Almost stepping off his FC 450 during the closing stages of the race while trying to make a pass for second, Jonass decided to settle for third. Crossing the finish line in third, he secured a career first MXGP podium with second overall.

    The GP of Lombardia was a mixed one for Jonass’ team-mate Arminas Jasikonis. A double-digit points scorer at each of the four previous GPs, Jasikonis delivered an impressive and controlled opening moto performance to claim a strong third, close behind second-placed Jonass. Frustratingly, things didn’t go as planned in the second moto. Colliding with another rider halfway down the start straight, the tall FC 450 rider had to shut-off momentarily, which saw him immediately drop to the back of the pack heading into the first corner. Falling later in the opening lap, Jasikonis would eventually place 15th for eighth overall.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team now head to round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Portugal, on May 19.

  • JASIKONIS FOURTH OVERALL IN THE MXGP CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
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    Arminas Jasikonis moved into an impressive fourth overall in the MXGP championship standings following another consistent GP performance. Although not a huge fan of the slippery Trentino circuit, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider ended the event with ninth and fifth place results.

    With overtaking notoriously difficult around the slippery circuit, Jasikonis rode well in the opening moto but could move no higher than ninth, spending the entire second half of the moto just inside the top 10. Race two proved to be better for the FC 450 rider, who finished fifth to claim a well-deserved sixth overall.

    An 11th place result in today’s opening MXGP moto was the highlight of round four of the MXGP World Championship for Pauls Jonass, who finished a strong seventh in his qualifying race. Starting inside the top eight in the first moto, a mistake while trying to make a pass saw him drop back to 11th. In the second moto a poor start and a fall pushed the former MX2 World Champion back to an eventual 19th place finish.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team now enjoy a five-week break from racing, returning to competition at round five of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship in Italy, the MXGP of Lombardia on May 12.

  • JASIKONIS FIFTH OVERALL IN THE NETHERLANDS
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    Arminas Jasikonis improved on the sixth-place overall result he claimed at the first two rounds of the series, finishing fifth overall at the Dutch GP. Collecting two well-deserved fourth place moto results, the FC 450 powered rider collected the same number of points as the third and fourth-placed competitors but had to settle for fifth overall due to his fourth-place result in the final moto.

    Former MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass continued to make progress following his return to competitive action. At Valkenswaard the young Latvian finished with 11th/14th place results for 11th overall at the GP. Making a strong debut at the FIM Europe EMX125 European Motocross Championship, TC 125 powered Kay de Wolf earned 5-2 results for fourth overall at the GP of The Netherlands.

    Recovering from a collarbone fracture that he sustained during round two of the MX2 World Championship in Great Britain, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikkel Haarup was unable to contest the GP of The Netherlands.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the fourth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship in Italy on April 6/7.

  • JASIKONIS SIXTH OVERALL AT MATTERLEY BASIN
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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Arminas Jasikonis equalled his top-six overall result from the season opening GP of Argentina, securing sixth overall at Matterley Basin. Making numerous passes to finish ninth in the opening moto, the FC 450 powered rider enjoyed his best moto result to date aboard Husqvarna machinery by earning an impressive fourth place result in the second moto.

    In just his second MXGP world championship event, Pauls Jonass earned yet more valuable race time aboard his FC 450. Finishing with 14th and 11th place results the former MX2 World Champion placed 11th overall in the MXGP class.

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the third round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship in The Netherlands on March 30/31.

  • ARMINAS JASIKONIS SIXTH OVERALL IN ARGENTINA
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    Making his FIM MX2 World Championship debut, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikkel Haarup collected his first championship point at the Argentinean GP. Suffering one too many mistakes, the young Dane collected a set of 20/22 results in the MX2 category.

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  • OFFICIAL IMAGERY – ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING MXGP TEAM

    PAULS JONASS & ARMINAS JASIKONIS TO REPRESENT HUSQVARNA IN THE UPCOMING 2019 FIM MXGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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    Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to release a complete selection of images from the recent Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 2019 MXGP team shooting. Featuring 2017 MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass and 21-year-old Arminas Jasikonis, the team is completed by FC 250 mounted Mikkel Haarup.

    With more than a decade of motocross competition under his belt, former MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass will make the switch to MXGP class competition in 2019 aboard Husqvarna’s FC 450 machine. Working hard to return to full fitness following knee surgery, Pauls is looking forward to maximising his time on the FC 450 before the start of the all-important FIM MXGP World Championship.

    Making his debut aboard FC 450 machinery during the 2019 Internazionali d’Italia MX series, former GP podium finisher Arminas Jasikonis is set to show his full potential in the MXGP class of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. At just 21 years of age, the young rider from Lithuania will bring yet more energy and determination to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 2019 MXGP team.

    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Mikkel Haarup will contest all of the European rounds of the 2019 FIM MX2 World Championship. Enjoying a solid start to the season by placing as runner-up in the 2019 Internazionali d’Italia MX2 Championship, the young Dane will make his MX2 World Championship debut during round two of the series at Matterley Basin, GB.

    The 19-round 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will kick off with the MXGP of Patagonia in Nequen, Argentina on March 2/3.

  • ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING MXGP TEAM PARTNER WITH YOKO
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    FINNISH MANUFACTURER BECOMES THE TEAM’S SOLE RIDING EQUIPMENT AND TEAM WEAR SUPPLIER FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS

    Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with YOKO –an agreement that will see the well-known textile equipment producer become the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team’s official riding gear and team wear supplier through to the end of the 2021 season.

    Established in 1977, YOKO is one of the original motocross brands. Back in the 80s YOKO was regularly seen on top of the podium on both sides of the Atlantic, used by legendary riders of that era. Selling the licence to produce YOKO motocross gear in the mid 1990s, in 2016 YOKO returned to its original owners. Designed in Finland, all YOKO products are built to endure the most demanding forms of offroad competition.

    The agreement will see Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team riders Arminas Jasikonis, 2017 MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass and FC 250 mounted team member Mikkel Haarup, make use of YOKO’s latest motocross gear as they compete in the FIM Motocross World Championship.

    Antti Pyrhönen - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team manager: “We are very pleased to welcome YOKO as our official gear and clothing partner for the next three years. YOKO have a rich history in top-level motocross racing and we are really happy to be part of their strong return to the FIM Motocross World Championship. Their goal is to provide the best technical equipment on the market and we are glad to have a partner that sets the bar high. With our riders enjoying the very best equipment from YOKO, we trust this will allow them to continue performing at their best, no matter the conditions.”

    Jan Berthels - President of Yoko Europe:“For all of us at YOKO, it is a big honour to support the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team as we turn a new page in our involvement with top-level international motocross racing. For the last few years we have been heavily committed to the development of our next generation of riding equipment with the main goal of re-establishing ourselves as one of the top motocross brands worldwide. We are confident that our close collaboration with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team will help us further develop our products, so that they continue to meet the highest demands of both motocross enthusiasts and top-level racers across the globe.”

  • 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.”

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