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Rizzi joins Searle and Pocock on Green

British Motocross icon, Tommy Searle, spearheads the Dirt Store Kawasaki team in the MX1 class, with MX2 riders Mel Pocock and Joel Rizzi completing the team.

Competing in the Arenacross UK, Dirt Store British Championship and Fastest 40 MX Championship, Dirt Store Kawasaki will be aiming for the top spot with all guns blazing! With official support from Kawasaki UK; Searle, Pocock and Rizzi will be equipped with their KX250 and KX450 machines, making 2024 an exciting season for all involved.

Rizzi is loving the KX250

Headed by Dan and Jon Giffard, Dirt Store Kawasaki has been brought to life thanks to the hard work and dedication of the whole team, and its incredible partners. Also coming on board for 2024, Nick from GTCI has played a pivotal role in putting all the pieces together for Dirt Store Kawasaki. The team cannot thank Nick, GTCI, and Dirt Store enough for their support.

Searle stays on Kawasaki

At the head of the team, MX1 rider Tommy Searle will be hoping for success in all Championships in 2024. He will also look to defend his Arenacross UK title in 2024.

Mel Pocock is back for more in 2024

Lining up alongside Searle, Mel Pocock and Joel Rizzi will both be looking for success in 2024 too. Pocock, also competing in Arenacross UK and is no stranger to being at the sharp end of the field, will be looking to bring home some silverware in 2024 aboard his KX250. Joining him in MX2, Rizzi is one of the UK’s top young talents, and will be looking to make his mark on the British Championship.

Dan Giffard – Team Manager: “Wow, what can I say? Jon and I have worked so hard since we began as a British Motocross team four years ago, and to see the outfit and team we have today, is something we only dreamed of. 

We have had amazing success over the past few years with the team, including a British National Championship in the Youth and Pro classes, along with multiple podium finishes. For sometime we felt overlooked as a team, but for 2024, we feel as though the hard work is paying off.

To have an incredible rider lineup, and the support from Kawasaki UK, we are so excited to get the season started next year. Thank you to all sponsors and those who have helped the team achieve the great things we have so far!”

Tommy Searle – MX1: “I’m really happy to continue with Kawasaki for 2024. I feel they have been a massive part of my career up to this point and with the added bonus of the all new KX450, which I’ve been lucky enough to get out on for a few days should make for a great season. I would say it’s the best production bike I’ve ever ridden, so I’m excited to get going!”

Mel Pocock – MX2: “I can’t wait for 2024 to start! I’m feeling really confident going into the season and I know that combined with the Dirt Store Kawasaki team and the Kawasaki KX250, we can certainly be challenging for race wins and the Championship from the opening round – let’s get this show on the road!”

Joel Rizzi – MX2: “I’m looking forward and happy to be a part of Dirt Store Kawasaki with a great group of people around the team. The Kawasaki KX250 blew me away first day on it and I can’t wait to get behind the gate on it for the Dirt store British Championship next year!”

Ross Burridge – Kawasaki UK: “It’s great to be able to finally reveal our new rider line up for 2024. All three riders have a great history with Kawasaki already and we are excited to see them all add to that in 2024. I firmly believe that with a strong winter testing plan we will be heading into both the Arenacross and British MX Championships with a good chance of title success. We can’t wait to get going!”

After a great 2023, Dirt Store Kawasaki cannot thank its existing, and new partners enough going into 2024. Photos: Elliot Spencer / Ed Warren