World Champion Jeffrey Buis will stick with his current team for 2021 but eyes have already started looking towards a WorldSSP campaign in the future…
The reigning FIM Supersport 300 World Champion will remain on the grid in 2021 as Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) will stick with the team he won the Championship with in 2020 while the partnership looks to the future with the launch of a WorldSSP project for the 18-year-old. The Dutchman will therefore have eyes on the 2021 season as well as a potential move in mind for the 2022 season.
Buis made his debut with the team in 2019 and finished 14th in the Championship with 25 points before a stunning breakthrough 2020 season where he claimed four wins and eight podiums in 14 races to be claimed the 2020 World Champion, fending off the challenge from teammate Scott Deroue and will be looking to become the first rider to retain their WorldSSP300 title.
While the 2021 focus will be on competing in the WorldSSP300 Championship, Buis will be able to train on a Kawasaki ZX-6R throughout 2021 ahead of a potential switch to WorldSSP for 2022 as the Dutch rider looks to gain valuable experience by frequently taking to the WorldSSP machine.
Buis said: “I’m very happy to announce that I will also join MTM Kawasaki next year. The team feels like home and we have shown that we can achieve great results together. We have a double goal for 2021. We're going to fight for the WorldSSP300 title and we're also going to do a lot of testing with the Kawasaki ZX-6R. I'm really looking forward to it!”
Ludo Van der Veken (MTM Kawasaki team owner) added: "Jeffrey has made great progress with us in recent years with the world title as a great reward. "Never change a winning team" and that's why we’re proud to announce that Jeffrey will ride for MTM Kawasaki again next year. I'm also looking forward to starting the Supersport project together, so Jeffrey can prepare for a step to this class in the future. But for next year the most important thing is that we will do everything we can to defend the Supersport 300 world title in style.”
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