Husqvarna Motorsports today announced major changes to their MX2 program in the FIM Motocross World Championship. The contract between Jacky Martens and his JM Racing team, which was set to expire at the end of 2019, will not be renewed and a new operational and management structure starting from 2020 will come into effect.
In a press release, Husqvarna said they will field two factory-backed and one officially supported rider in MX2 next year. The rider lineup, management, team personnel, and sponsors will be announced at the close of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship season.
“In light of the fact that 17 rounds of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship remain, and out of respect for Jacky Martens and the entire JM Racing team, Husqvarna Motorsports will issue full details of the 2020 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 programme—rider line-up, management, team personnel and sponsors—close of the end of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship,” the press release read in part.
"Without question, this is a significant and important decision for Husqvarna Motorsports and all parties involved,” said Diego Clement, head of motorsport at Husqvarna, in a press release. “Intentionally, this announcement comes early in this year's racing season so as to allow the necessary time to plan ahead for 2020 while also minimising any possible distractions surrounding the current team structure, during the weeks and months ahead.
"Our decision to look to the future and align the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 programme with a new team is well-considered. With talented MX2 riders already under multi-year contracts with Husqvarna Motorsports, this new partnership will ensure that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna continues to thrive and maintain its strong position in MX2 class competition. While this is an important change, Husqvarna Motorsport remains one hundred percent committed to supporting Jacky Martens and the entire JM Racing team as they challenge for this year’s MX2 World Championship title."
The team currently consists of MX2 points leader Thomas Kjer Olsen and Australian Jed Beaton.