Thomas Kjer Olsen moves up to the MXGP class of the FIM Motocross World Championship next season as part of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.
The 23-year-old Dane – ranked #2 in 2019 – has struggled with injuries this season that have kept him out of contention for the world MX2 crown but he’s finished the year with a string of good results.
“Thomas is a special talent and a hard worker,” said Husqvarna’s Robert Jonas. “He’s dedicated to his racing and his move to MXGP is exciting for him and for us. I even believe that the FC 450 will suit his riding style even better and in the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP division he has everything he needs to continue his successful career.”
Rasmus Jorgensen, TKO’s MX2 team boss, is sorry to see him go.
“With TKO moving up to the MXGP class it marks the end the professional partnership between us,” said Jorgensen. “We have a great personal friendship and great memories with many accomplishments.
“This season was difficult with two injuries but he’s never given up and ended the season strong in sixth place. I want to thank Thomas for his trust, dedication and commitment over recent years and wish him the best of luck on his journey into the premier class.
“I’m really looking forward to following from the sidelines as he takes on this new chapter in his career. I truly believe he will suit the FC 450 really well and will surprise people next year.”