Former GP ace Nico Aubin will line up for the remainder of the UK Arenacross Tour with RFX Suzuki, replacing Italian Angelo Pellegrini who broke his arm at the opener. Aubin will have his first-ever AX outing at round three of the series at The Genting Arena, Birmingham this Saturday, the 20th of January.
The super-fast Frenchman is no stranger to these isles, or success, as he previously rode with Dave Thorpe’s Buildbase Honda team in the British MX series, won the Red Bull Nationals in 2012 and played a pivotal role in taking the French MXoN team to second place at Donington Park in 2008. He currently runs his own Amexio Suzuki team and, together with his brother Arnaud, competes in French motocross and supercross championships. He finished second behind leading AX Pro Cedric Soubeyras (Team FRO Systems) and ahead of Thomas Ramette (SR75 Suzuki) in the French Summer Supercross series, and took another second at the Dortmund Supercross event last weekend. The 29-year-old, who lives just across the Channel in Normandy, is fired up to be returning to the UK and reckons he could upset some people and has a real chance to get on the AX podium.
“I had planned to get a bit of free time in the off season,” said Aubin, “but I’m feeling good physically and I just really love racing. After finishing second last week, I decided I needed to continue riding and I was looking at my options when I took the call from RFX. Sometimes things are just meant to be and here I am joining the team. Everybody is happy.
“I’m really excited to be joining Arenacross and returning to the UK where I have many friends. This is my first time racing the series, but I have heard so much about it. I know Bobby (Evgeny Bobryshev, RFX Suzuki) from our MXGP days, and I’ve raced against all the fast French riders who are already in AX – so I know some of the tactics! I’ll have to quickly learn the tracks, but I believe I can get on the podium.”
Looking forward to having a complete team again, Team RFX Suzuki boss Paul Irwin added; “We were all gutted when Angelo (Pellegrini) got injured at Manchester, as we had a strong team that had already gelled well. However, I’m delighted that we now have a world-class line up with two former MXGP top runners flying the RFX Suzuki flag. Nico and Bobby will make a formidable pairing and I reckon we can get back on the podium where we belong – Roll on Birmingham!”
To witness the star-studded line-up of international front runners going head-to-head in a set of fast-paced and frantic races, get along to Birmingham this weekend. Tickets are available directly from The Ticket Factory on 0844 338 0338 or www.theticketfactory.com
For Power Maxed Arenacross Tour information check out www.arenacrossuk.com