Kevin Strijbos and Suzuki 2018?

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8/24/2017 4:08 AM

I´ve long been a big fan of Kevin Strijbos ever since he put in a hell of a performance as a teenager in a real mudfest at Genk in the early 2000s. I really thought he´d take the title there a few times but when the impossible Stefan Everts retired there was a new impossible man named Antonio Cairoli that took his place.

He´s been a title contender more than once and finished on the overall podium multiple times but it seems that now he´s going to be out of a ride.

I think Suzuki Factory signed him for 2002 and if I´m not mistaken he´s been there ever since. That must be pretty unusual to have that kind of loyalty from both sides.

Does anybody know about what´s in store for Strijbos or is it still up in the air?
Maybe he´ll retire from GP racing if Suzuki doesnt renew his contract?
32 years old with a few bad seasons behind him might not bring out the most appealing offers.

What do you guys think?

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8/24/2017 4:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/24/2017 4:40 AM

In 2001 and 2002 he rode for a Dutch Suzuki-team in the 125cc-class. From 2003 to 2007 he was part of the Suzuki Factory Team in MXGP.

In 2008 he made the move to Kawasaki Racing (where the Pourcel-brothers were racing, not the factory team), as he was a couple with (or interested in) Livia Lancelot at that time. He got injured early in the season and barely scored points.

In 2009 he rode for Honda Martin together with Marc de Reuver. Again he got injured more than once.

In 2010 he rode for the Dutch Beursfoon Suzuki Team. He did quite good with that bike that was practically stock.

In 2011 it looked he would sign for a new KTM-team ran by Georges Jobé. This team never made it, so he didn't have a ride. He bought a stock Suzuki and with help from his personal sponsor he made it and ended up in 10th.

In 2012 he rode for the British KTM UK Team. I think he became British Champion and ended 6th in the WC.

Since 2013 he's part of the Suzuki Factory Team again.

At this moment he has no ride for next year as Suzuki will have Jasikonis and Seewer in MXGP.

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8/24/2017 4:33 AM

DeStouwer wrote:

In 2001 and 2002 he rode for a Dutch Suzuki-team in the 125cc-class. From 2003 to 2007 he was part of the Suzuki Factory Team in MXGP.

In 2008 he made the move to Kawasaki Racing (where the Pourcel-brothers were racing, not the factory team), as he was a couple with (or interested in) Livia Lancelot at that time. He got injured early in the season and barely scored points.

In 2009 he rode for Honda Martin together with Marc de Reuver. Again he got injured more than once.

In 2010 he rode for the Dutch Beursfoon Suzuki Team. He did quite good with that bike that was practically stock.

In 2011 it looked he would sign for a new KTM-team ran by Georges Jobé. This team never made it, so he didn't have a ride. He bought a stock Suzuki and with help from his personal sponsor he made it and ended up in 10th.

In 2012 he rode for the British KTM UK Team. I think he became British Champion and ended 6th in the WC.

Since 2013 he's part of the Suzuki Factory Team again.

At this moment he has no ride for next year as Suzuki will have Jasikonis and Seewer in MXGP.

Man thanks for the update!

I really cant remember seeing him on anything other than a Suzuki but I must just have missed a whole lot of his career.
Also seems that his best results was on Suzukis.

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8/24/2017 4:50 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/24/2017 4:52 AM

Ray_MXS wrote:

Man thanks for the update!

I really cant remember seeing him on anything other than a Suzuki but I must just have missed a whole lot of his career.
Also seems that his best results was on Suzukis.

Kevin was replaced by Clement Desalle in 2008.
It was Desalle and Ramon on Team Suzuki for a few years.
Ramon got injured at Lommel 2011 and was replaced shortly by Tanel Leok in 2012.
Then Strijbos took over from Leok again in 2013.

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8/24/2017 5:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/24/2017 5:28 AM

DeStouwer wrote:

In 2001 and 2002 he rode for a Dutch Suzuki-team in the 125cc-class. From 2003 to 2007 he was part of the Suzuki Factory Team in MXGP.

In 2008 he made the move to Kawasaki Racing (where the Pourcel-brothers were racing, not the factory team), as he was a couple with (or interested in) Livia Lancelot at that time. He got injured early in the season and barely scored points.

In 2009 he rode for Honda Martin together with Marc de Reuver. Again he got injured more than once.

In 2010 he rode for the Dutch Beursfoon Suzuki Team. He did quite good with that bike that was practically stock.

In 2011 it looked he would sign for a new KTM-team ran by Georges Jobé. This team never made it, so he didn't have a ride. He bought a stock Suzuki and with help from his personal sponsor he made it and ended up in 10th.

In 2012 he rode for the British KTM UK Team. I think he became British Champion and ended 6th in the WC.

Since 2013 he's part of the Suzuki Factory Team again.

At this moment he has no ride for next year as Suzuki will have Jasikonis and Seewer in MXGP.

Ray_MXS wrote:

Man thanks for the update!

I really cant remember seeing him on anything other than a Suzuki but I must just have missed a whole lot of his career.
Also seems that his best results was on Suzukis.

Jefro98 wrote:

Kevin was replaced by Clement Desalle in 2008.
It was Desalle and Ramon on Team Suzuki for a few years.
Ramon got injured at Lommel 2011 and was replaced shortly by Tanel Leok in 2012.
Then Strijbos took over from Leok again in 2013.

2003: Pichon and Strijbos
2004: Smets and Strijbos
2005: Smets and Strijbos
2006: Strijbos and Ramon
2007: Strijbos and Ramon
2008: Ramon and De Dycker
2009: Ramon and De Dycker
2010: Ramon and Desalle
2011: Ramon and Desalle
2012: Desalle and Leok
2013: Desalle and Strijbos
2014: Desalle and Strijbos
2015: Desalle and Strijbos
2016: Strijbos and Townley
2017: Strijbos and Jasikonis

In 2008 Desalle was still riding for a German Suzuki-team and in '09 for LS Honda. He became part of the factory team in 2010.

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8/24/2017 5:33 AM

DeStouwer wrote:

2003: Pichon and Strijbos
2004: Smets and Strijbos
2005: Smets and Strijbos
2006: Strijbos and Ramon
2007: Strijbos and Ramon
2008: Ramon and De Dycker
2009: Ramon and De Dycker
2010: Ramon and Desalle
2011: Ramon and Desalle
2012: Desalle and Leok
2013: Desalle and Strijbos
2014: Desalle and Strijbos
2015: Desalle and Strijbos
2016: Strijbos and Townley
2017: Strijbos and Jasikonis

In 2008 Desalle was still riding for a German Suzuki-team and in '09 for LS Honda. He became part of the factory team in 2010.

De Dijcker indeed. How could I forget after the awesome battle he had with de Reuver at Lierop 2008. blush

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8/24/2017 5:34 AM

Kevin won't be riding for factory Suzuki next season. Hopefully he will still get a good ride..he has amazing talent!

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8/24/2017 7:04 AM

The latest rumor is Strijbos to 24MX Honda, with De Dycker out or retiring.

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*Anyone but Reed or Webb Crew*

8/24/2017 7:37 AM

Fearo wrote:

The latest rumor is Strijbos to 24MX Honda, with De Dycker out or retiring.

Nice try but De Dycker is riding for Jtech Suzuki

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8/24/2017 7:51 AM

Ray_MXS wrote:

Nice try but De Dycker is riding for Jtech Suzuki

Team Jtech shut down a few months ago, when the team owner got sick.
De Dycker has been riding for Honda 24MX for some time now.

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8/24/2017 7:54 AM

Fearo wrote:

The latest rumor is Strijbos to 24MX Honda, with De Dycker out or retiring.

Ray_MXS wrote:

Nice try but De Dycker is riding for Jtech Suzuki

line-up wrote:

Team Jtech shut down a few months ago, when the team owner got sick.
De Dycker has been riding for Honda 24MX for some time now.

Ah apparently I haven't been keeping up. Sorry about that. Thanks for the info!

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