Pichon is coming!

11 March 2010

Just hours after ACU Events announced that Roczen and Tonus will be riding in the MX2 class at round two, a further statement has been made to say that ex multi World Champion, Mickael Pichon, will be riding the remaining seven rounds, starting with Mallory Park on the 21st of this month.

In a shock announcement, the 2001 and 2002 250cc World Champion has been drafted into the MAR Team following a season long injury to their sole rider Pascal Leuret. The Team were hoping to do a direct rider replacement in the British Championship, as GP rules permit, but with no provision for this at present, it was felt that the Frenchman would have to be a top up rider in the MX1 class.

Originally from Le Mans, but now living in La Milesse, the 34 year old has no less than 37 GP victories to his credit. In addition to his double world crown, he was also "Champion of France" on numerous occasions. He also returned to the World Championship arena in 2007 and won a MX3 GP. Having missed out on a potential 75 points by not representing the team two weeks ago at Exeter, the "Rocket" will have difficulty in lifting the championship, but with 21 races still left anything can happen.

Series Manager Brian Higgins commented, " Obviously, my job is to take an overview on what is best for the championship whereby the paying public are an important part. To have the chance of Mickael riding the rest of the season is an opportunity not to be missed. Josh Coppins, who is registered for the championship has to complete the final Italian Championship round on March 21st, by order of the Aprilia factory, so Pichon is an obvious high profile replacement rider for fans to watch".

Pichon surprised many when he put in two strong rides at the 2009 British GP, which was held at Mallory last summer. The course for the Maxxis event is slightly shorter, but with two extra loops, one on the infield after the "wooded horseshoe" section and a shorter one, near to the end of the start straight. This will create a more compact circuit and even better viewing.

Free Practise starts at 9.30am and the first race is at 12.30pm.