4 October 2011 Joel Roelants joins Kawasaki Team CLS for 2012

Considered as one of the strongest MX2 World Championship riders, Belgian Joel Roelants will be next season the teammate of Tommy Searle in the team CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro
Circuit.
For his last season in the MX2 class due to the age limit, Tommy Searle will have an experienced teammate in Joel Roelants! Twenty two years old, the Belgian claimed several MX2 podiums during the past few seasons and for his last attempt in this class he joins the CLS team. Considered as one of the best sand riders in the World, and based in Belgium not far from the CLS workshop, Joel will bring all his experience to the team and will be able to test at any time the Pro Circuit Kawasaki in this competitive class. As well as the MX2 World Championship, Joel will enter the Dutch National series and will join the team to begin his preparations for 2012 season on the KX250F.

Another important agreement has just been signed, between team CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit and Ari Van Beers. The Dutch owner of the Van Beers team has been involved for several years in the MXGP’s and will now be a partner of CLS, joining his facilities with the official MX2 team raising its image and potential again to a higher level.

Joel Roelants: “I’m sure I can have much better results now next season by so by joining the CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team. It is a strong team, and they have one of the best bikes in the MX2 class; I’m very happy to ride a Kawasaki, it has been a dream for me as I like this bike so much. This year has been difficult, but I think that people see what was wrong and know what I can do if I’m in a good shape and if everything is perfect. I look forward to next season and I hope it will be a good season; I met Tommy Searle two years ago in the US, while practicing in winter time, and I’m sure he will be a strong
teammate.”

Team CLS owner Jean Jacques Luisetti sees the new collaborations as the next important step for the team: “Joel has a great experience of the MX2 class, and we are very happy to welcome him in the team. We know his potential, and I’m sure that with a good bike he can battle for the podium. Based in Belgium he is close from the team and that’s important, as we always need to test our material to reach the highest level. He will enter the Dutch series, that’s important for some of our partners including Van Beers; we reached an agreement with Ari, who has a strong experience too. It will allow us to have two separate teams, one for the MX2 class and another for the MX1 class; this project is not finalized yet, but we are confident.”

Ari Van Beers added: “Since several years my team was involved in the World Championships, but without the support of a factory it’s impossible to race for a podium result. Now partner of team CLS, we will be able to go for the win and I’m happy to work with Harry Nolte; I know him since a while as I was a motocross rider in the past, before being a team manager, and I will bring all my experience to the MX2 team.”

European Race Manager Steve Guttridge confirmed the significance of the new partnerships: “Bringing Joel into the team makes a lot of sense. He’s a hard worker like Tommy and will always fight for a position until the very last corner of a race. We have a lot of sand races and he excels there and this is where we also need to make our race bike as strong and competitive as possible. The base test work needs to carried out to the highest level and that’s close to the best sand tracks in Holland and Belgium with Joel riding and with Harry Nolte on hand to link up the perfect machine set-up with Pro Circuit for 2012” he continued “It’s also great to welcome Van Beers into the organization. It will build resources in these difficult times for an even stronger assault on the World MX2 Championship for 2012 with Kawasaki".