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Mitchell Harrison Heads To Europe



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Beyond excited to be racing for @bud_racing in the MX2 World Championship for the rest of the season!

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Late last week Mitchell Harrison made a simple social media post that stated he had parted way with the Rockwell Racing Yamaha team for the remainder of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series. It was a sudden and unexpected switch, especially after rider and team had overcome the mechanical struggles they experienced early in the year to finish a season-best seventh at Seattle, and there was little insight in Harrison’s announcement aside from a thank you to the team for their support. We simply considered it another mid-year mutual parting of ways between a racer and a team. 

The reason for Harrison’s departure became clear on Tuesday, when it was announced that he had inked a deal to run the remainder of the 2019 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship in the MX2 division with BUD Racing Kawasaki. The French team has been in need of a racer this season after injuries sidelined Brian Moreau for the opening rounds of the season Brian Hsu for the entire year. Harrison has already made the move to France and will test the KX250 with the team to prepare for the next round of the championship, the 2019 MXGP of Trentino that will run this weekend in Italy. A capable outdoor racer with a number of top-five moto finishes to his credit, it will be interesting to see where Harrison ranks in the international field.

It’s worth pointing out that Lorenzo Locurcio was the initial replacement rider for BUD Racing Kawasaki and that he had parted ways with the Legends & Heros/Kissimmee Motorsports team for the rest of the Supercross season after the Daytona Supercross. Unfortunately, the Venezuelan racer encountered passport-visa issues that prevented him from making the trip to Europe and civil unrest in his homeland has prevented any sort of progress from being made on the issue. Instead, Locurcio will return to racing with the Legends & Heros/Kissimmee Motorsports team this weekend at the 2019 Nashville Supercross.

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SEE Y’ALL AT NASHVILLE 🏁 with the current situation of my country it has been impossible to get an extension for my passport . My family and I have tried everything in our power with help from others and still haven’t gotten it. I’ve made a decision to stay in America and finish what I’ve started . Sometimes you make some decisions and they work great and sometimes you make others and they don’t work out . I’m very bummed but at the same time I’m more motivated than ever to finish this supercross season in a very high note thank you @kissimmeemotorsports for the continued support ! // NOS VEMOS EN NASHVILLE🏁 después de intentar hasta lo imposible no e podido conseguir mi prórroga hasta hoy día , e tomado una decisión de quedarme en USA y terminar lo que empecé . Muchos sentimientos juntos pero ala misma vez estoy mas motivado que nunca para terminar el campeonato de supercross en una nota alta . Nadie ni nada me va a parar hasta que consiga lo que quiero. Muchas gracias a Kissimmee Motorsports por el apoyo incondicional . #venezuela #LL56 #supercross #mxgp

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Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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