Irvine, Calif. (February 4, 2011) – Monster Energy Kawasaki announced today that Fabien Izoird will ride aboard Jake Weimer’s Kawasaki KX™450F until Weimer makes his return from a broken arm he suffered in late December.
Izoird comes to the team with several years of supercross experience in Europe including two titles in both the French Supercross Championship and European Supercross Championship. He raced the AMA Supercross class last year before his season started in Europe, making five out of six main events aboard a Kawasaki.
“It’s a dream come true to ride for a team like Monster Energy Kawasaki,” said Izoird. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of a prestigious team like this. The bike is better than I could have ever imagined and I’m really looking forward to racing this weekend.”
The 23-year-old will make his return to the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship and will run the number 321.
“We looked at riders both here in America and abroad,” said Kawasaki Supercross Team Manager Mike Fisher. “A lot of teams in Europe only sponsor riders for the GP events, but he hasn’t gone that path. He specializes in supercross. One of the biggest hurdles we had to overcome was finding a rider without certain ties to sponsors. We didn’t want to pull anyone out of previous commitments that was good for them since the interim rider will only be competing temporary until Jake returns. Fabien ended up being the best all around fit.”
Weimer’s return time is still unknown, but he is making steady progress towards returning as soon as possible.