After a season with two big shoulder injuries, the 2015 E3 World Champion was left without a ride at the end of the season. Revengeful and eager to prove that he is still at the top of his game, the Frenchman has decided to accept an offer from Yves RODES and Honda Euroboost, and he will therefore race with the brand new Honda CRF 450X in a private team structure.
Yves RODES : “We are very happy to have reached this agreement with Mathias, and we are convinced that his talent coupled with the new CRF 450RX, will allow him to occupy the podiums in 2018. We are well informed and all ready to help him achieve these goals, and further enrich an already outstanding track record. This new adventure promises to be exciting and the entire Honda RedMoto team welcomes the choice of Mathias BELLINO.”
Mathias BELLINO : “I am obviously very happy to announce that I will ride Honda next season alongside super-motivated people such as Yves RODES and his team. I gave my agreement and we launched the project while I was still injured with my shoulder, and therefore without being able to try the bike. But I went there without doubts because everyone knows the reputation of the reds and in my opinion I took no risk on the basis of the bike, which remains the number 1. The idea took root not long ago, and everything was prepared and very quickly. So I will create my own structure in collaboration with a key person in my eyes: Greg Gilson, who will be in charge of managing the team! This is a huge job, and everything is not yet finalised, but I assure you that we are working hard to refine the final details. So we will have a lot of things to reveal to you little by little in the weeks to come … It’s a great challenge, with an ultra motivated team by my side and a strong programme of races!”
A nice challenge, after a difficult year, for one of the most spectacular riders in the paddock, who will quickly work his way to the front and fight with the likes of HOLCOMBE, PHILLIPS and LARRIEU … This 2018 season promises to be “explosive”!