Julien Lieber, newcomer in the FIM MXGP World Championship with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team, will continue to fly the green flag next season alongside fellow Belgian ClÌ©ment Desalle.
A knee injury late in the 2017 campaign prevented Lieber from testing the factory KX450F-SR Kawasaki for his rookie season in the highly competitive MXGP class until fairly late in the winter but he followed up an impressive debut at the opening round in Argentina with many more top ten placings before injury at the British GP in early June forced him to miss two rounds of the series.
The twenty-four year olds results since his return to action have not quite matched his early season form but he has continued to display dedication and, his future now secure for next season, will enter the final quarter of the series fully motivated to end his debut MXGP season on a high note.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very happy to continue with the team next season; they do a great job, carefully analysing rider feedback as we strive to advance together in the same direction," Lieber said.
"There is a good relationship in the team, not only with the mechanics and the management but also with ClÌ©ment and I can‰Ûªt wait to test the new bike and start working for next season. This first year for me in MXGP has been pretty difficult as I had first to recover from surgery before testing the bike, but I already did some good races earlier in the season and, even if the results are not quite as good since my injury in Great Britain, everyone in the team remains behind me and for sure that will help me to be stronger in the coming races.‰Û