Thomas Covington – MXGP Return

I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are excited to have Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Supported MXGP rider Thomas Covington back on the Grand Prix circuits. The likeable American who put together a handful of Grand Prix victories in the MX2 class before heading home for one season to race his national championships is excited to return to the place that gave him his first start in the professional ranks.

“You know,” Covington said. “I am excited to go back to the GPs. Unfortunately, this year didn’t go to plan, what with the illness and a couple of small injuries, it just wasn’t my year really. Had a lot of things working against me. I am really excited with this opportunity with Yamaha and like you said, I was a little bit sad to leave last time and it will be nice to get back and be back at the races in Europe.

The more relaxed vibe of racing on the best motocross tracks in the World and in some really exciting countries and customs is something that Covington is looking forward to when his season begins at Matterley Basin on the first weekend of March 2020.

“Argentina, I love that track. I haven’t had much success there, but I really enjoy going down there, and Matterley Basin is probably one of my favourite tracks to ride and I have had good results there. Valkenswaard in 2018, I won the qualification race there and I have had good races, so I am looking forward to getting back there and mixing it up with the 450 guys.”

Covington will finish up some preparation at home in USA, enjoy family time, before flying to Europe and starting the serious side of his profession. Back to those cold days in Lommel, Belgium, or sunning it in the pre-season in the south of Italy as his Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Supported MXGP team-mates, the hard yards of the off-season will set him up well for a charge at the MXGP top ten, and hopefully the odd visit to the podium.

“I will stay here in California until Christmas, and then head to meet the team. I will probably stay somewhere between Lommel and England and do our testing and training before the pre-season starts. I will be in England a bit, but the majority of time I will be in Belgium or Holland working with the team.”

When the flag drops at the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championships in England on March 1, we know that the American public will be watching as their countrymen goes up against the toughest and deepest field in motocross history.

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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