Belgian leaves British team after less than a year

Belgian racer Brent Van doninck has split from the ASA United Husqvarna team after less than a year.

The 24-year-old showed his class in this season’s Michelin MX Nationals, ending the season third overall in Pro MX1 with four race wins from eight starts. Racing the MXGP class on a Husqvarna before switching to the Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha team for the final three rounds, Van doninck broke the top-10 overall twice and had a best moto score of sixth.

‘It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the departure of our 450 pilot, Brent Van Doninck moving on into the 2021 season,’ announced the team on social media. ‘BVD has been a formidable force in the UK this year and we could not have been any more blessed than to have had someone of his calibre representing the team in MX1.

‘It is a shame that our plans for this year were so majorly impacted by Covid-19, however Brent still claimed the most race wins at a professional level in British Motocross in 2020 and in our opinion was the fastest rider in the UK this year, bar none.

‘The man is exceptionally gifted and deserves the opportunity to ride with the best in the world (as he proved in the final few rounds of the MXGP). We would have loved to have accommodated for Brent once again next season, however a full year of MXGP is not something that we are able to facilitate at this moment in time.

‘We look forward to seeing Brent lining up with the best on the world’s stage and showing everyone what he is capable of! We wish Brent all the luck in the world and we are extremely proud to have been part of this young man’s journey!’