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Covington set to return to GPs

American Thomas Covington looks set to return to the world championship in 2020 after just a year back racing in his native USA for Husqvarna. It’s believed he still has a year to run in his American contract, but is likely to be released after a disappointing 2019.

Covington, who recently got married to an English girl, is being linked with the Dutch Gebben Van Venrooy team who looks set to switch from Kawasaki to Yamaha for 2020. The team ran Alex Lupino in MXGPs last year, and he will stay with the squad next season. The team may also sign a third MXGP rider.

Covington made his name racing MX2 GPs but went back to the USA last year when he became too old for the 250cc class in world championships. He had an injury-hit season and at one time was being linked with a return to MXGPs for his old team run by Jacky Martens.

Martens was told at the start of the 2019 season it was to be his last year running the factory Husky 250 GP effort and was trying to put together a deal to run KTMs in the MXGP class. It’s thought the Austrian factory didn’t go for the deal.