Alvin Ostlund will be joining 2019 signing Dylan Walsh in the Revo team, competing on Husqvarna FC 250 machinery in both the FIM Motocross World Championship and the Maxxis British Motocross Championship next year as an official factory supported satellite team. The decision to enter these two riders in the MX2 class at the world level came after the FIM’s recent and unexpected introduction of an age limit in the EMX250 class, which made Briton Mel Pocock ineligible to ride the series. Revo boss Mark Yates told MotoHead he’s still aiming to help Pocock out in 2019, but he can’t figure in the team’s MX2 world championship plans.
After winning the Swedish National Championship and finishing second place in the EMX250 in 2015, Ostland then made his MX2 debut in 2016. The 20-year-old has two years’ experience under his belt in the MX2. During this time, the Swede has scored top ten finishes and will be pushing hard for podium finishes for Revo Husqvarna in the coveted world championship and battling with his team-mate for the British title. The race debut for Ostlund will be at the Hawkstone International on Sunday 17th February 2019.
Ostlund said: “It is finally official now, I can say I have signed for Revo Husqvarna for 2019! It is a very good bike and I am looking forward to the season ahead next year. Hopefully we can have a good winter now and then this will mean a good start to the season. I am doing both the British and the MXGP series next year, this is a lot more riding then I have ever done before as I have only ever done one series. I have been with Yamaha for the past 8 years and so this is a big change for me, the Husqvarna FC 250 is totally different with the engine and suspension but as soon as I got on the bike I enjoyed riding it. It feels good, I can’t wait!”
Team boss Mark Yates said: “We are very pleased to announce that we have secured the services of Alvin Ostlund from Sweden. He will ride alongside Dylan Walsh and will complement our assault on the MX2 title for 2019. This signing is great for us as a team, especially in light of the recent rule change in the EMX250 class. This rule would have reduced us to a one-man team for the world series and the team’s ambitions are greater than that. I feel that now we have such talented riders – and official Husqvarna Factory support – we will be finishing regularly in the top 10 and pushing for podiums. I can’t wait for the season to kick off at Hawkstone!”
Husky UK boss Matt Walker said: “Revo Husqvarna run a great team that emulates Husqvarna’s pioneering spirit. Alvin’s signing is proof of the team’s ambition. The team has been highly successful in both the British and EMX250 championships over the last few years. With the decision to run a two-man MX2 line up for 2019, the support Revo will receive as a Husqvarna Motorcycles Factory supported satellite team will be vital as both riders prepare for the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. I very much look forward to seeing Alvin and Dylan in action next season.”