Frenchman Rodrig Thain will be back to the GP’s this weekend in Namur (Belgium) for the round twelfth of the 2006 World Championship. Former GP rider, Rodrig came back this week from the US where he raced last season, and will be riding the 450 Kawasaki CLS n°117 on the famous Citadelle of Namur.
New structure involved in the GP’s this season, team Kawasaki CLS has been pretty unlucky with most of their riders injured during the season. Mickael Maschio, Alexandre Rouis, Jeremy Tarroux and now Thomas Allier all got injured and forced the team to change their plans during the season. “When Mickael Maschio got injured early in the season we finally made a deal with Thomas Allier, who scored his first points in Sweden. Unfortunately Thomas crashed in the free practice session in Loket and he is out for a few weeks (pelvis and shoulder injury), so we were again without a MX1 rider for the rest of the season. Since several weeks we were talking with Rodrig, who wanted to come back in Europe and we made a deal for Namur. It has been tough to solve all the problems as it’s a last minute entry, but thanks to everyone he will be there for Namur,” explained team manager Jean Jacques Luisetti, boss of Floride Motos one of the main Kawasaki dealer in France.
As well as Jeremy Tarroux, the MX2 rider of the team, Rodrig will get in Namur advices from Mickael Maschio. The former World Champion isn’t able yet to ride a bike, but he is since Loket back on the tracks. “My foot injury has been worst than expected, and even now I can’t put straight my foot on the ground when I woke up. Doctors told me that it will be long to recover, and I did a test on a bike three weeks ago but it was mpossible to ride normaly. I will have new exams soon, and I hope I can ride the last GP’s at least. Then I will see if it’s the end of my career or not; it’s not a matter of money, I just want to have fun again on a bike and if I’m OK then I will probably racing next season. At the moment I come to the race to help the team, they have been working really hard since the beginning of the season, and despite all these injuries they are till motivated to do their best. I will give advices to the riders, and it’s really good to be back on the tracks after three months at home. I was able to recover in a family atmospher, with my wife and my daughter, but something was missing,” explained Mickael.
The French website of the team is www.team-cls.com
- Born in Arras (France) on 30/12/1978
- 1997: 3rd in the 125 European Championship (Yamaha)
- 1998: 24th in the 125 World Championship (Yamaha)
- 1999: Prince of Bercy Supercross (125cc winner)
- 2000: 5th in the 125 West Coast US Supercross Championship (KTM)
- 2001: 2nd in the 125 West Coast US Supercross Championship (Suzuki)
8th in the 125 US Motocross Championship
- 2002: 11th in the 125 West Coast US Supercross Championship (Yamaha)
- 2003: 12th in the 125 MX World Championship (Husqvarna)
- 2005: 22nd in the 125 West Coast US Supercross Championship (private Kawasaki)