Luke Styke, the 2009 Under 19 National championship had a disappointing year in 2010 but fought his way back onto a factory team with gritty, determined rides in the 2011 championship then grabbed his opportunity when raced the Super X championship for Serco, taking an impressive third overall for the championship.
"The past 12 months has taught me a lot of things and the most important being that you can't rest on your laurels. You are only as good as your last race and if you don't put the work in during the week, then that result is never going to be as good as it should." said the 21 year old
"I got a nice reward for my work in Super X by finishing on the podium and that has given me a real boost heading into 2012. I know my bikes will be awesome and I will head to the start line prepared and ready to race. I can't wait," Styke concluded.
Team owner Gavin Eales feels he has a strong chance at success in 2012 and backs his riders and technical staff to get the job done this season.
"We were close to a championship last year but that's not good enough so during the off season myself and Michael Marty (Crew Chief) sat down and really tried to fine tune everything on the team. From the bikes, to the riders, the products we use and everyone's role within it. It was a full team review and I believe we are a better team because of it and I look forward to seeing the guys in action," Eales explained
"We are also excited about our new relationship with Metal Mulisha and our continued relationship with Yoshimura. The team will wear Metal Mulisha clothing off the track and the riders will showcase their range of racing gear on it and I'm sure we will stand out from the crowd." he concluded.
Metal Mulisha founder and FMX pioneer, Brain Deegan also commented on the new arrangement.
"My background is racing so for me to be able to sponsor a team has always been a goal of mine! I am looking forward to tearing up the scene down under."
Main Photo : Luke Styke showing of the new look race team and supporting a new number for 2011
Photo Credit: Greg Smith (iKapture)