Kawasaki World Motocross - 2005
Run from a base in Holland by world renowned Team Manager and tuner, Jan de Groot, the KRT Motocross team have set their sights on even greater achievements in the coming season.
Riding a full factory version of Kawasaki's first 4-stroke motocross machine, the KX250F, Scottish star and current UK Maxxis Champion, Stephen Sword is a competitor that others fear and respect.
In 2005 he will be joined by Estonian Tanel Leok, a rising star who has been courted by numerous teams throughout the season.
Tanel has now signed a two year deal with De Groot to ride Kawasaki's new 450F four stroke factory development machine in the MX1 category.
The efforts of Jan De Groot speak for themselves with his team winning six World Championship titles in recent years. From his workshop facility, based near to Eindhoven in the centre of Holland, de Groot had this to say about the two young riders with whom his hopes and aspirations rest for the next two seasons.
"I am delighted to have secured the services of Stephen Sword for a further two years, Stephen has proved to be a very professional rider and we have worked well together as a team since signing for Kawasaki at the end of 2003. Stephen will continue competing in the MX2 class but we will look at the possibility of moving up to the MX1 at the end of next season.
"As for Tanel, I have been watching him for some time now, although he is still young, he has proved to be very quick in a class littered with top class riders and world champions, he has the fighting spirit and sheer determination, which are all qualities that we are looking for at Kawasaki.
With Leok concentrating on the new 450cc machine in the MX1 class in 2005, and Sword itching to join him in the following year, the prospects for Kawasaki in World class motocross are the brightest for many years.