Arminas Jasikonis has secured his place on the MXGP start gate for 2020 after signing a contract extension with Husqvarna Motorcycles. The deal will take the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing pilot to the end of next season.
This year marked the 21-year-old’s third full season of competition in the premier MXGP class in 2019.
The Husqvarna FC 450 mounted rider has shown great potential, claiming a number of top-five race results including a third-place finish in the first moto at the MXGP of Lombardia.
Although he has suffered some small mistakes through the season, the Lithuanian still lies sixth overall in the FIM Motocross World Championship with just four rounds to go.
Jasikonis will once again compete alongside Pauls Jonass in 2020, under the expert guidance of team manager Antti Pyrhonen.
The team appreciate how well Jasikonis and Jonass get on and how they push each other when competing and training. Husqvarna believes they have formed a highly promising team that is focused on continued success during the forthcoming season.
“It means so much to me to be given the opportunity to ride for such a great team,” said Jasikonis. “It feels great to know that the team believes in me and what I can achieve.
“Admittedly, 2019 has not been the best year for me, a few mistakes have affected my results, but I’m happy with my progress on the bike and I’m keen to deliver the results I know I’m capable of.
“For 2020, remaining with the same team takes a lot of pressure off – we already have a very good set-up for the races and a good atmosphere within the team. I’m really looking forward to continuing to improve and hopefully securing some top results.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP Team Manager Antti Pyrhonen: “Overall, we’re very happy with the progress and consistency Arminas has demonstrated this season. In the races where he has been able to show his real speed and potential, the results have been excellent.
“We have learned a lot this year in terms of both his weaker points and his strengths and we can put in place a strategy to work on these points and challenge for the top three places in the championship next year.
“Both Arminas and Pauls work very well together – they work hard and are improving all the time. We hope to bring home some good results in the last four rounds of this season and then plan to work hard to prepare for 2020.”