Rob Hooper Racing has struck a deal to keep Ryan Houghton with what will be a new-look RHR for 2019 as FXR is revealed as a partner for the upcoming season.
Although Rob Hooper Racing will see the return of many loyal sponsors in 2019, the look will change with the announcement that they will be supported and wearing the FXR brand in 2019. The team said in a press release that the two parties will work on some “exciting new projects” for the year.
Houghton’s inclusion in the team this year turned into a massive success story, with the rider having his best ever Pro season, including the 23-year-old’s first ever Pro overall at Hawkstone in the Bridgestone British Masters.
The Essex-based rider also landed two overall podiums, with second in the Bridgestone British Masters, third in the Michelin MX Nationals and a sixth in a talent-packed Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship.
“After such a fantastic 2018, there was only one rider we wanted to lead the team next year and that was Ryan,” said team boss, Rob Hooper. “The lad just never gives up and works so hard on and off the track.
“2019 is going to be a big year for him and the team if he continues that progression and we are sure he will.”
Houghton said: “Being back with RHR was always my first priority. The support Rob and the team have given me has been second to none, and it has built my confidence and in turn my results no end.
“The experience and knowledge Rob has is invaluable and has really helped me to progress my career.
“For 2019 we know what we are starting with and that’s the first time that has happened for me in a number of years, and I will be looking to build on my strong finish to last year and be at that speed or quicker from the start.”
Speaking about FXR and RHR’s new partnership, Dave Wright, the UK representative of the FXR brand, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Rob, Ryan and the team in 2019, and providing the Kit so they look the part and feel comfortable both on and off the race track.
“The team had tremendous results last year and built a strong off-track foundation for us to use to grow our brand and presence in the UK while giving Ryan and the team what they need to get the on-track result.”
Hooper added: “It is really exciting to be working with FXR. They have so much ambition and passion and are really behind the team. They are using us to showcase their fantastic range of products and it is a real partnership – one which I am sure will flourish for both parties.”
RHR still have a rider spot up for grabs but they say they won’t be rushed into making a signing. They told us they are still taking applications both in MX1 and MX2 and interested riders can email Kieran@robhooperracing.com