With a successful 2018 season done and dusted, REVO Husqvarna UK team boss Mark Yates is planning ahead for 2019 and a return to GP racing.
In just its second full season the team has taken three overall Maxxis MX2 victories with Martin Barr winning at round three at Blaxhall and Mel Pocock taking back-to-back wins at rounds six and seven at Duns and Hawkstone Park.
The pair ended the championship with Mel third and Martin fifth and in the highly-competitive EMX250 championship both riders took turns leading the series, with Mel eventually finishing second and Martin just missing out on an FIM bronze medal in fourth.
Next season the team – with official factory support from Husqvarna AG – will be focussed on the FIM Motocross World Championship MX2 class with new signings Dylan Walsh and Alvin Östlund.
Dylan, who was born in England but raised in New Zealand, won two EMX250 races this year and in his debut for the team the 20-year-old was victorious in the opening
moto at the final Maxxis round at Lyng.
At the age of 21, Alvin is already a veteran of three full years in MX2 GPs. The swift Swede posted a season-best moto finish of seventh in Portugal before an injury sidelined him.
“It’s been a fantastic year for the team,” said Mark.
“Mel and Martin have been solid, Husqvarna UK and all our sponsors have given us incredible support and everyone involved has put in nothing short of 100 per cent which is reflected in the excellent results we’ve achieved.
“But we can’t rest on our laurels and it’s now time to implement the final stage of our three-year plan and switch our focus to the world stage. “With Dylan and Alvin we have two very exciting young talents who I believe are both capable of winning the British title and pushing for top-five finishes – and potentially podiums – in the GPs.
“I’ve watched Dylan closely all year and liked what I saw – he’s got something special. “Alvin’s had a tough season but he’s shown great fortitude and when the chance came to sign him I jumped at it.
“After suspension testing in Spain next month we plan to spend a lot of time focussing on sand riding at our Lommel base. And we will be ready to come out swinging when the new season starts.”