24MX Honda Racing confirmed today the signing of British fan favourite Matiss Karro.
In 2008 The Arrow established himself as a future star when he became the FIM 125cc Junior motocross world champion and then went on to make a name for himself with his hard-charging style and impressive starts.
Although he recorded several strong results in MX2, including one British MX2 title, Matiss feels even more at home on the bigger bike. In 2014 he scored his best GP result so far finishing 13th in the MXGP World championship.
After a year away from Grands Prix the 24-year-old Latvian is looking forward to a return to the MXGP series. “I have to say I really missed racing at the highest level this season so it’s great to be returning to MXGP,” said Karro.
While he’s recognised as one of the leading men in motocross in the Baltics, Karro is at least as popular in the UK where he spent most of his professional career.
The combination of a spectacular ‘go big, or go home’ approach on the track and his fun-loving personality off has made Matiss popular with British and Latvian fans alike!
That positive energy has clearly impressed Team Principal at 24MX Honda, Marc Boone. “When you talk to Matiss it’s difficult not to get enthusiastic. That’s exactly the same way he races as well. He’s all-in!
“Matiss is talented, works hard and gives it his best every time he’s out on track. That’s something that demands respect. He’s also great with fans and media. From our side we’ll give him everything he needs to support him in reaching his goals.”
As a youngster Karro preferred racing red bikes and having spent the 2015 season on the potent CRF450R he’s already very familiar with Honda machinery. “My feeling with the CRF450R is great and I really look forward to start working with the 24MX Honda Racing team.”
Karro added: “The last two seasons taught me lot, so now my challenge is to build on that and show what I can do against the best riders in the world. I can’t wait to get going!”
Davy Dousselaere, Honda Motor Europe off-road manager commented: “I’m very happy to welcome Matiss Karro into the Honda family again. Matiss is a rider who’s been on our radar for a while now because he has a lot to offer.
“As he’s proven before he has got the skills and the speed to fight for top 10 spots. When it comes to work ethic and fitness Matiss is a textbook example. Matched with the professionalism of the team and the performance of the Honda CRF450R ‘The Arrow’ will be someone to watch!”