It’s all change for Buildbase Honda in 2018 with Josiah Natzke joining Dave Thorpe’s title-winning team.

With Martin Barr leaving the set-up after two very successful seasons, Dave unveiled his MX2 replacement at the International Dirt Bike Show on Saturday.

“With Josiah, to be honest, I was really surprised that he became available,” said Thorpe. “As soon as I started to talk to him it was a no-brainer. He’s 18 years old, he’s only going to get faster and we’re really looking forward to working with him.”

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Now that Jake is retired from MXGP he will be full on for the British MX1 title and it sounds like team-mate Josiah is equally ambitious.

“The goal is to win,” he said. “I don’t think Dave or myself expect anything less and I’m stoked to sign with him. When Dave came to me everyone I talked to about it had only good things to say so it didn’t take me long to decide.

“I’ve really been welcomed by everyone and it’s a real good feeling going into my winter training programme.”

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