REVO returns to the paddock with Kawasaki UK backing
Dylan Walsh and James Dunn will chase major domestic MX1 silverware next year and contest selected MXGP and EMX rounds as part of the all-new REVO Seven Kawasaki team.
After taking a year out of competition, REVO boss and Team Principal Mark Yates has joined forces with Kawasaki UK and the Seven clothing brand to sign the pair.
Dylan won the ACU British Motocross MX2 Championship for REVO in 2019 and, with this year’s series cancelled, the 22-year-old Kiwi is looking to make it back-to-back crowns by winning on a KX450 in 2021.
“I can’t wait for next year,” said Dylan. “I’m going into the British championship as the reigning MX2 champion and hopefully we can pull all the pieces together and come out as MX1 champion. We’re also doing a few GPs which will be good.”
As well as contesting the British championship on a pair of KX450s, Dylan and 25-year-old James will be active in Europe with Dylan targeting a number of European MXGP rounds while James could possibly compete in selected EMXOpen races.
“I’m excited about 2021 – it should be a good year and I’m looking forward to it,” said James. “I’ve only ridden a 450 Kawasaki once but that was probably three years ago so I don’t have a lot of experience with the bikes but it’s great to be back with the REVO team. They’re good people and put a lot back into the sport so I’m very happy to be riding for them again.”
Mark is relishing a return to racing following a successful 2019 season when Dylan and his then team-mate Alvin Östlund ended the year first and second in the ACU British MX2 series.
“We decided to take a year out in 2020 but REVO will be back in the paddock next season,” he said. “We have forged a great relationship and a strong bond with Dylan over the last two years. He had a number of opportunities but he wanted us involved. He knows he can trust us and that we’ll do what we say we will – when we say we will – and that we’re looking out for his interests as well as our own.
“I would say that Dylan’s probably the favourite next year. Considering that this will only be his second season on a 450 his raw speed is incredible. He’s as fast as anyone out there and he’ll be a lot more race-ready going into 2021. We are still the reigning MX2 British champions so Dylan is moving up into MX1 and looking for the double. That’s our main focus.
“We all know how fast and stylish James can be when he’s on his A game. He hasn’t ridden this year so he’s going to have to get his bike fitness built up but I know he’s already training. We’re not expecting him to set the world on fire but it would be nice to see him get up into the top five on occasion.”
Kawasaki UK’s Ross Burridge is delighted with the new team.
“Having worked with Mark and the REVO team a few years back it’s exciting to once again have them as part of the Team Green family,” he said. “They have come a long way as a team since we last worked together and I’m eager to see what the team and their strong rider line-up can achieve in the newly revamped British MX Championship.”