Leaving the Belgium-based MTM Kawasaki at the close of 2023, a new challenge awaits this year’s Championship leader
2023 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship contender and 2020 Champion Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) will move for 2024, switching to the Freudenberg KTM-Paligo Racing outfit. The Dutch youngster, already one of the most successful riders in the history of the WorldSSP300 class, will join the Austrian manufacturer, thus becoming the second different manufacturer that he’ll race for.
After a difficult season of World Supersport action in 2022, Buis returned to World Supersport 300 competition in 2023, in search of becoming the first double World Champion in the category. It’s been a memorable season as Buis rolled back the years to take three wins, the first in his third race back in the class, whilst a recent double at Magny-Cours propelled him into the Championship lead. The double in France was his first since Aragon in 2020.
Talking about the big name signing in what has been a seismic rider market across all classes, team manager Carlsen Freudenberg said: "Bringing a rider of Jeffrey's calibre into the team makes me really proud. It also shows the appreciation of Freudenberg KTM-Paligo Racing throughout the paddock. Signing Jeffrey is just perfect. Anyone looking for a fast pilot in the Supersport 300 world has Jeffrey on their wish list. Now we have the first winning rider on board for 2024. Preparations for the upcoming season are ongoing.
KTM have taken five wins in the class, with one coming this year by Buis’ current title rival Dirk Geiger, with the two split by just one single point between them in the title race. Continuing to look ahead to 2024, Freudenberg added: “There will surely be more surprises to come. I am glad that we were able to set the first puzzle piece for the upcoming World Championship season early with Jeffrey's signing. This contract signing gives the team the necessary stability for further planning. In this context, a big thank you goes to KTM, Paligo and of course all the sponsors of the Freudenberg team. Without stable and reliable partners, none of this would be possible!"
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