Australian Mitch Evans will join Romain Febvre in the factory Kawasaki MXGP squad for 2023 – leaving Britain’s Ben Watson in the dole queue.

The twenty-three-year-old from Cairns first contested MXGP in 2019 after securing his national MX2 title the previous summer.

He had already secured international recognition in 2016 when, as under-nineteen champion, he was selected to represent his country in the Motocross of Nations as a seventeen-year-old.

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In a sensational debut on the world stage, he mounted the podium at his very first GP in Argentina and has displayed stunning speed ever since though serious shoulder and wrist injuries have interrupted his career.

Absent for the 2021 season through injury he bounced back spectacularly this summer, rounding out the second-half of the campaign with five top-six moto finishes and a defeat of the entire world elite in qualifying for the Swedish GP in August and help his country to stand on the podium at the season-ending MXoN.

“I’m looking forward to the prospect of working with the Kawasaki Racing Team; already from the initial talks they got me really excited about the faith they have in me and the support they can offer,” said Evans.

I immediately sensed that they believe in my potential and they have the package which can take me to the next level and I want to thank everyone at Kawasaki for that.

“I made some good progress from my injuries this season just gone and now I’m looking forward to putting in the work during the off-season so that I’m ready to race for wins and podiums for Kawasaki next year.”

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