South West rider switches brands for 2021

Jake Shipton completes the four-man Apico Husqvarna team line-up alongside Stuart Edmonds in MX1 and Jamie Law and Matt Burrows who will contest the MX2 class on 250 two-strokes.

After splitting from Crescent Yamaha following a number of years with the team, Jake was initially looking at a support deal from Apico but decided to switch machinery and become part of the team.

“I’ve noticed Apico Husqvarna in the paddock over recent years and only heard positive things about the team,” said Jake. “I liked what I saw – bikes well turned-out, a professional team set-up plus a fun approach to racing. I’m super-excited to be joining the Apico family and riding the already proven Husqvarna FC450.

“Next season is a huge change for me but I’m confident it’s for the better. My main goal is to be a podium guy each weekend and get more wins to my name. I took the shortened season of 2020 to get an ongoing problem fixed which needed an operation so for 2021 I’ll be more than ready and riding to my full potential again.”

Team boss Dylan Brown is happy to have Jake onboard.

“I’m sure Jake will fit into the team well and bring solid results as he has before,” he said. “This year has been tough for everyone and we’re hoping for things to return to normal in time for the gate to drop in the 2021 season. Thank you to all the sponsors that allow us to go racing.”

The team will contest the Michelin MX Masters series, the ACU British Motocross Championship and other selected events.