The presence of AMA supercross and motocross team Troy Lee Designs Honda in the paddock of the Grand Prix of Spain last weekend meant some thinking time for CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Arnaud Tonus – the American’s chief target – but team-mate Dylan Ferrandis might not hesitate as much as the Swiss in terms of deciding his future.
Tonus is wanted by almost every factory team in MXGP and his strong bonds to Europe and his family means that he is likely to remain in the FIM Motocross World Championship when he has to move categories for 2015 due to his age.
Ferrandis, just 19 and with another four seasons of MX2 if he pleases, already has his eyes set on America. “My goal has always been to go to the USA so I will see what we can do,” he said after securing his second podium finish of the season and since joining the factory CLS team during the winter. “I have a contract with CLS, an option for next year, but for sure if I find a really good deal it will be difficult to stay in GP.”
Ferrandis transferred across from the French Bud Racing team at the end of 2013 and when the squad elected to step back from full-time Grand Prix participation to focus on AMA SX and European EMX250. He scored a podium finish at his home GP last year and has been on the radar as France’s next major talent to break through at the top level. If the youngster does find a contract in the U.S. for next season then this will leave CLS with a headache as they will need another significant figure in the class to partner teenager Thomas Covington in MX2.