Add another American to the list who will travel to Australia to compete in the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship, as Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing has agreed to a deal with Jace Owen.
Owen, 23, will ride the SX1 (450) class alongside SX2 teammate Aaron Tanti.
“I’m super excited to be here in Australia with Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing,” Owen said in a statement. “I’ve been here for just over a week now, getting comfortable with the 2019 KX450 and have been getting some good seat time. The bike is awesome—it’s so agile, has a ton of usable power, and I’ve really been liking the hydraulic clutch.
“The plan is to build as the season goes. I definitely want to be up front, but am coming off of a knee injury, so I’d say a top five at the first round would be pretty good in terms of expectations. By the time the season’s over, I want to be up on the podium and in the mix, that’s for sure.”
Owen, who will ride the all-new 2019 KX450, joins Americans Justin Brayton (SX1), Bradley Taft (SX2), and Josh Osby (SX2) in the championship.
Owen finished second in the Amsoil Arenacross Championship in 2017, but missed most of the 2018 season due to a knee injury.
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Well the word is out! I will be racing the Australian SX series for @completeparts_kawasaki_racing team! Super excited for the opportunity and been having a blast back riding! It was a long 7 1/2 months to get back to where I am but the grind was worth it all. We are about a week out from round 1 and been making progress everyday @alpinestars_racing_aus @oakleyaus_nz