The 20 year old South African won four Grand Prix in the colours of the company this year and finished fourth overall in the Championship that he led for four rounds before unfortunately injuring his shoulder. Rattray recently underwent successful surgery on the limb in order to be in premium shape for an intensive winter training programme.
Confirmation of the extended deal with Alpinestars was an vital factor for Rattray in organisation of his ‘07 plans and renewed push for the MX2 Championship in which he finished second in 2004. ''I am very pleased to continue my relationship with Alpinestars for next year,” he said. “My appearance on the race track is important to me and the Alpinestars line always allows me to look great and gives the protection I need at the same time. They look after me well and the little things like the personalised ‘Butt Patches’ are just small examples of the quality and professionalism Alpinestars give to their athletes.”
From the visit to Sweden in early July, the rider from Durban has seen a new ‘butt-patch’ sewn onto his racing pants with a special flavour for each country to which the Grand Prix series has travelled. In all seven rounds, including Styla’s home event at Sun City for which he was given the logo ‘Homeboy’, Rattray had a different design, some of which can be seen below.
“Tyla has been a great part of the Alpinestars family and we're looking forward to the future, providing Tyla with the best technical footwear, apparel and protection to continue to help him achieve his ultimate goals,” commented President Gabriele Mazzarolo.
More information can found out about Alpinestars at: www.alpinestars.com. The 2007 FIM Motocross World Championships will begin at the Valkenswaard circuit in The Netherlands on April 1st.