With three riders, the French team will compete in four different championships in 2024: the French Supercross and Motocross championships, the EMX250 European Motocross Championship, and the WSX World Supercross Championship.
As usual, Team Bud Racing has again this year taken under its wing a young French talent, Mathis Valin (17 yo), who already has a fine list of achievements to his credit, including Junior World Champion, EMX125 European vice-champion and 2023 French Junior Champion.
At the age of 17, Mathis will join the big boys and take part in the French Elite MX2 championship as well as the European EMX250 championship, just like his team-mate, the young Chilean Benjamin Garib, who is back for a second year on his Kawasaki 250. Both will be trained by former Supermotard world champion Thierry Van Den Bosch, the Team’s riding trainer and sports coach for over 5 years.
Currently 7th in the prestigious American Supercross Championship on the West Coast, Anthony Bourdon will be well-prepared to start the French Supercross Championship in the premier class in June. Runner-up in last year’s French SX 450 championship with Bud Racing, he is aiming for the title in 2024. He will also be representing the team and its sponsors at various international events throughout the year.
As for the World Supercross Championship, where the Bud Racing Kawasaki Team is one of ten teams selected by the promoter, the team line-up and calendar will be made official in a few weeks’ time.
Team Bud Racing Kawasaki will kick off the season this weekend with the opening round of the French Motocross Championship at Lacapelle Marival.
Stéphane Dassé: “We can’t wait to start the season. The riders had a great winter, starting earlier than the other years, so that they could be at 100% right from the start of the season. Thierry and I are delighted with their commitment and their state of mind. Mathis has integrated well into the team and the whole team is working in the same direction. As for Benjamin, he’s really keen to show that he can ride in front in Europe in his second year away from his homeland. It’s going to be a long season for our two youngsters, with over 20 races between the French and European championships, starting this weekend with the opening of the French Elite Championship. As for Anthony, he’s having a superb Supercross season in the USA, and will continue to learn there before returning to France for the SX season.”