Moto Media
James Stewart

Valentin Teillet ready for Sevlievo MX2 opener

Suzuki Europe MX2 will travel east to Sevlievo for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria and the first round of the FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend with a brand new rider and renewed focus on the intensely-competitive MX2 division.

Using the RM-Z250 motorcycle that fought expertly for the 2010 title and scored 11 podium results, former European Champion and one of the most exciting young riders on the GP circuit, Valentin Teillet, has been handed the responsibility of spearheading the German crew's quest to keep the podium in a shade of yellow.

The long up-and-downhill plunges of Sevlievo carry good memories for the team after capturing second and fifth positions 12 months ago as the Bulgaria meeting opened the 2010 Grand Prix campaign. The quick layout should see the second generation of the RM-Z's fuel injection come to the fore and Teillet's small and agile frame will admirably suit the characteristics of the bike; certainly going on his impressive speed in international races at Frankenbach (where won a moto and finished second overall for an impressive first competitive meeting with his new team - Alan H.) and Hawkstone Park.

"I love this track and first rode it in 2007 for the Junior World Championship," the 20 year old French racer said. "My injury problems over the last months have gone now and are in the past so I feel fit and ready. We made two pre-season races that allowed me to get everything set-up on the bike and they both went well. I feel that this season is an exciting opportunity for me with some excellent equipment and I'm glad we are finally able to start."

Team Manager Thomas Ramsbacher:  "The look and the shape of the team has changed a little for 2011 but our goal remains they same and that's to strive for the best performance on the track and to show that Suzuki's MX2 machinery is among the most competitive at this high level. We have been really impressed with Valentin through our work with him over the winter and we can see that we have another spectacular rider on our hands. We start our fourth season now as a firm part of the MX2 series; so roll on Bulgaria!"

Copy and photos courtesy of the Team Suzuki Press Office.