Maxxis Renews Team Green Sponsorship
Maxxis has renewed its sponsorship of the Kawasaki Motors UK motocross and enduro racing initiative, Team Green, and will continue to supply the squad with tyres for the 2008 season. “After having a fantastic 2007 season with Maxxis tyres, we are delighted that the Team Green squad is receiving continued support in 2008,” commented Alex Brawn, racing co-ordinator at Kawasaki Motors UK about announcing the renewal.
“Since our riders take part in a variety of off road events, on two and four stroke Kawasaki machines from 85cc to 450cc, we need a range of tyres that will cater for all disciplines and conditions,” he added. “We make tough demands, but Maxxis tyres meet all our requirements, and this means our riders can challenge for race and championship wins.”
Team Green members include KX85 small wheel rider Michael Eccles, who is new to the team this season. Eccles’ talent was first noticed while racing a KX65 in the main British Youth Championships in 2007, where he secured a number of race wins. For 2008 he has moved into the 85cc class and, whenever possible, will also ride in the ultra tough European Championships.
Connor Walkley has once again moved up a class and rides a KX125 in the premier youth groups for 2008. Connor is only 13 years of age, but Maxxis comments that he is a very talented and intelligent rider and will not be fazed by racing against some of the best youth racers in the UK.
Scot James is Team Green’s other KX125 rider. Perhaps one of the fastest and most exciting up and coming UK riders, Scot is showing all the speed on the full size bikes that made him a force to be reckoned with on 85cc Kawasaki bikes in previous years.
Josh Waterman is flying the KX250F flag for Team Green in all the main British motocross championships. Josh has come through the ranks of the squad, riding first the KX85 and KX125 machines and now the KX250F bike. His style and physical strength will suit this machine and he is expected to be one of the top youth riders to beat during 2008.
Almost a veteran in terms of his experience, Ryan Voase is young and hungry for race wins, says Maxxis. Ryan rides the KX250 two stroke machine to great effect in the three-hour hare and hound races, supercross and motocross championships, and will also be riding the new KLX450R enduro machine in selected competitions. A man of many trades and a master at them all, Ryan is easily one of the UK’s top off-road riders.
“Taking on the role of Team Green’s official tyre sponsor last season underlined our commitment to supporting UK off-road motorcycle sports at all levels and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Kawasaki’s highly successful motocross and enduro racing team for another year,” says Derek McMartin, managing director of Maxxis International UK. “Team Green posted some excellent results in closely fought competitions throughout 2007 and once again its riders already look like the ones to beat.”