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14 January 2022

Yuta Okaya joined by Victor Steeman & Ruben Bijman in 2022 MTM Kawasaki line-up

MTM Kawasaki is proud to present a strong rider line-up for the 2022 season. As announced previously, World champion Adrián Huertas will make the step-up to the World Supersport category, where he will race the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. Dutch nationals Victor Steeman and Ruben Bijman will join Yuta Okaya to compete for MTM Kawasaki on the Kawasaki Ninja 400 in the World Supersport 300 championship.

Victor Steeman: “ I'm delighted to be able to race for MTM Kawasaki in 2022. The team has a nice dynamic, I can't wait to ride the Kawasaki for the first time! I think we will be able to learn a lot from each other and that we will form a nice package to compete for pole positions. I will do everything I can to earn the third world title for MTM Kawasaki. Once again, a huge thank you to Kawasaki and Ludo, our team manager, to give me this opportunity”.

Victor Steeman (Born 2000, Zevenaar, The Netherlands) will compete for MTM Kawasaki in 2022 in World Supersport 300 Championship. An overview of his career:
At the age of eight, the young Victor Steeman started his racing career riding his two-stroke minibike at the Dutch Minimoto championship. At 11 he started riding in the NSF100 championship. Later he rode in the Moriwaki and the Redbull Rookies cup. He kept advancing in the racing scene until he became the Dutch national Supersport 600 champion in 2020. Now he has joined MTM Kawasaki to compete in the world championship Supersport 300.

Ruben Bijman: “After a successful season, I'm glad to start this season with MTM Kawasaki. I can't wait until we will start testing out the motorcycles!”
Career overview: (Born 2003, Lopik, The Netherlands) will compete for MTM Kawasaki during 2022 in World Supersport 300 Championship.
When Ruben Bijman turned nine, he started his career on two wheels. He debuted in 2013 when he rode minibikes and competed up to the 2016 JuniorGP Championship where he became Belgian champion. After racing one season with Yamaha, the young Dutchman transferred to MTM Kawasaki to compete for the world championship Supersport 300.
Yuta, wo came in 5th in last year's Championship, will continue to ride for MTM Kawasaki in 2022

Juan Antonio Conesa Benito will be supported by MTM in the Spanish Championship in 2022
Ludo Van der Veken (Team Manager MTM Kawasaki) “2022 will be a year filled with challenges, both in SSP 600 and in SSP 300. In SSP 300 the challenge is clear: win our third consecutive championship, and to do that we have talented riders on board.

With the Team we will do everything to make sure we'll deliver the best Kawasaki's and experienced people to support our goals. Let's go for it!  Best of luck to all Pilots & Teams! We're looking forward to another exciting racing season. See you at the track!”