The eighteen year old will fill in for Team Suzuki World MXGP.
By Hayden Gregory
Arminas Jasikonis is a name you may not yet know, but the Lithuanian born youngster is touted for big things on the race scene. Earlier this week Ben Townley was ruled out for the rest of the season with severe internal injuries and the Suzuki team was on the lookout for a replacement rider.
Team Suzuki General Manager Stefan Everts thought Jasikonis was the perfect fit reaching out to give him a factory ride in a world championship series.
“I’m happy to be able to give a young rider the chance to join a team at MXGP level. I’m looking forward to experience what Arminas can do,” he said.
For Jasikonis it is really is a dream come true and the Belgium based rider can’t wait to get out on the track.
“Yesterday was my first real training and I still can’t believe it,” said Jasikonis. “It feels like a dream, working with the best people in such a professional team; it is great to be there.
“The feeling on the Suzuki is good. I did not need such a long time to get used to the RM-Z450 and the bike handling is very good. It was all really impressive for a first ride. I just want to collect as many points as possible and a top-13 place would be really good.”
Jasikonis will join new teammate Kevin Strijbos as the pair prepares for round 13 of the MXGP World Championship in the Czech Republic on July 24th.