Although there’s no precise date set for the MXGP return of 24MX’s Jaap Corneth who is out with a broken middle finger, De Dycker will effectively run as the third rider of the team. Ken has a long association with Honda and rode for the 24MX Honda team in 2016. With more than 180 GPs and 15 moto wins in the top category behind his name, Ken is one of the most experienced riders competing in MXGP. Since 2006 the lanky Belgian collected six top-five overall finishes in the series. In national racing, he has British, German and Belgian MX1 titles under his belt.
The JTech Racing team will fold due to health problems of both partners in the team, team owner Gabriele Rinaldi and technical director Aldo Aldini. The team’s MX2 rider Giuseppe Tropepe has returned to the Husqvarna 8Biano Racing team. At this moment it’s unclear what will happen to Emil Weckman, the double EMX150 champion from Finland. Weckman is understood to have signed a long-term deal with the JTech squad.