The eagerness of Kawasaki MXGP fans to see racing resume once more is matched only by that of the riders and teams who await their first chance to return to competition, none more so than the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team.
With over a decade as the official factory entry for Kawasaki in MXGP, the Thierry Chizat Suzzoni-run team has just unveiled its new bike livery and rider clothing package on a formal basis with official images and a team launch video, shot at the team’s Netherlands headquarters in Schijndel and their local test track.
Optimistic thanks to pre-season success for Romain Febvre, who secured the three-event Italian International Championship, the team also welcomes a rider from that country, Ivo Monticelli, making his debut for KRT in 2021.
“It’s always exciting to start a new season and to see the new bike, team and riders design,” explained KRT Technical Manager, Vincent Bereni.
“We have a new rider next to RF3 for 2021 in Ivo Monticelli. He is improving every time he rides the KX450-SR and we been applying changes and updates to his bike step by step. We are very happy with Ivo’s attitude and commitment, he is a perfect fit with the team and his hard work will be rewarded. Concerning RF3, we now have a full season together and we agree on areas that need it to be improved. In winter testing went very well and we introduced some new evolutions mainly on the chassis side.
“Technically, it is very important every year to do pre-season races, so the team decided to line up for the Italian International championship to gauge our bikes and riders in real race conditions. Winning the series with RF and getting P3 overall with IM128 was great for everyone’s spirit and very positive for all our partners, especially Monster Energy and our Italian team partners like Vertex, Braking, Blackbird, CRM and Alpinestars; who did an excellent job with their new 2021 design for us.
“As a team we feel like caged lions ready for combat. Getting our feet wet doing those races was exciting for the all the staff. We had a positive winter, and we cannot wait to start our 2021 campaign.”