Anthony Rodriguez Joins Kemea Yamaha

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5/15/2018 9:09 AM

May 15, 2018 – Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that Anthony Rodriguez has been drafted in to temporarily replace the injured Vsevolod Brylyakov on the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team until Brylyakov is ready to return.

After landing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on Sunday 13th May, the 22-year-old - that originates from Venuzuela but has been based in the United States of America since 2009 - will race at the MX2 Grand Prix of Germany, round eight of the FIM Motocross World Championship, this weekend, May 20th.

Fresh off of the East Coast Supercross season, in which he finished ninth overall in the 250cc class with his best race finish being a fifth-place in Minneapolis, the MXGP of Germany will be the first time Rodriguez lines up for an outdoor motocross race this year.

Last year, he made his MX2 debut when he contested two rounds of the 2017 FIM MX2 World Championship - the MXGP of Lombardia, Italy and the MXGP of Portugal - where his best result was a solid eighth place finish at Portuguese Grand Prix in Agueda.

Anthony Rodriguez: "I can't tell you how excited I am to have the chance to race the MX2 World Championship with the Kemea Yamaha team. Every time I ride I give 100% so my goal is to keep doing that and keep getting better every day that I ride. I tested the bike today, and I have to say I like it a lot. I find that the Yamaha has a lot of torque and that really suits my style."

Erik Eggens: We need to make the best of the unfortunate situation of losing Vsevolod due to his knee injury, and we have decided that the best solution is to take on another high-level rider. It's exciting to give Anthony this opportunity. Yes, he has come from Supercross, which is different, but it is good that he has been racing and is fit to race. It will take some time to adapt to the MX2 class and the Motocross World Championship, but he already showed a lot of promise at the two rounds he did last year and I believe that with the support from Yamaha and the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 team, he will be able to do his best."


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5/15/2018 9:11 AM

Good for him!


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5/15/2018 11:16 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/15/2018 1:04 PM

He is more familiar with Yamaha than Hondas (he did 2 GP's with HRC last year), so he should do well and he will be trained by Jacky Vimond and will have Marnicq Bervoets at his side as team manager and all the Factory Yamaha team.

His two young team mates are currently seating on fourth and seventh position in the series standings, so he will have no pressure and all the time to get acclimatized.

Definitely a good base and interesting, smart project.


5/15/2018 12:38 PM

Awesome! Hope he makes it work


5/15/2018 12:50 PM

Awesome for him!


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5/15/2018 1:04 PM

Great news, hopefully he can stay injury free & put in some decent rides which in turn leads to a full time ride.


5/15/2018 2:09 PM

That sounds like a pretty good summer opportunity !

Maybe that will interest him to stay in Europe/Australia to get ready for next SX season in the US too.

Having a rider racing the west coast then the GPs can bring a decent exposure too since it is a bit different.


5/15/2018 2:28 PM

Cool gig, hopefully he makes the most of it! I'm pulling for him!


5/15/2018 2:38 PM

He did OK on the Honda , i hope he has a decent run, the team seems really focussed, but not high pressure, Good move for both parties.