Top Portuguese rider Hugo Basaula has joined Team Green Kawasaki to ride the entire 2017 Arenacross series, aboard the KX450F.
Basaula was due to ride AX as a Wildcard, but will now replace the injured Tommy Searle, who recently suffered knee injury during training in California. During his recovery period Searle will be unable to ride for an estimated six weeks. Although Basaula has not ridden in the UK’s Arenacross Tour before, the Portuguese rider is no stranger to Supercross, having competed against the top riders across Europe.
Excited to be part of the first Manufacturer run team the Arenacross series has seen, Hugo is upbeat about his chances saying; “I have much experience on the KX450F, and have also raced in many European Supercross events, so I believe I am ready to battle at the front of the UK series. I would like to thank Kawasaki and Team Green for giving me this opportunity, and I can’t wait to get going in Manchester this weekend!”
Said Tommy Searle; “It’s a harsh fact that motocross practice cannot be half-hearted, it’s as demanding and risk prone as racing itself. I have some great medical, dietary and physiotherapy professionals to call on. I’m gutted to have missed out on the Arenacross Tour as it kicks off this weekend and I was really looking forward to that and being a part of the whole show. Now it’s just a case of focussing all my thoughts and energy on a swift recovery. I’ll know more in a few weeks.”
Racing Co-ordinator Ross Burridge says: “It was obviously very disappointing to lose Tommy at this late stage, and I wish him a speedy recovery, but at the same time I am excited to see what Hugo is capable of. He is an unknown quantity in the UK, and I think this could play to his advantage. Let’s see what Saturday brings when the gate drops!”
For series information visit www.arenacrossuk.com. Tickets are still available directly from the Manchester Arena by calling 0844 847 8000 or via www.manchester-arena.com