More contract news from the MXGP scene, this time in the MX2 class as Vsevolod Brylyakov has signed a contract to race the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship with the support of Kemea Yamaha Official MX2. Because the MX2 class has a 23-year-old age limit and Brylyakov is currently 22 years old, the next race season will be his final chance at the title.
Brylyakov, a Russian rider based in western Europe, is currently signed to Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki MX2 but has missed much of the year with a shoulder injury.
This is the second signing for Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 in recent weeks, as the team announced Jago Geerts agreed to a two-year contract.
The press release from the team is posted in full below…
Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that Vsevolod Brylyakov has signed on to race a Yamaha YZ250F throughout the 2018 season. The talented Russian will be joining Jago Geerts under the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 awning where he hopes to achieve the same sort of success that took him to his first Grand Prix podium, which he achieved at the MXGP of Leon in April 2016.
At the tender age of twenty-two-years-old, Vsevolod Brylyakov will enter his final year in MX2 with the full support of the Grand Prix winning team, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2. He will be based in Mol, Belgium, less than 20-minutes from his young teammate, Geerts, and 45-minutes from the team’s workshop in Genk.
Brylyakov raced six rounds of the FIM MX2 World Championship this year – of which he posted lap-times inside the top-three in Timed Practice on three occasions – before withdrawing from the series with a shoulder injury. He has since undergone surgery where his shoulder socket has been strengthened and made more secure, and hopes to be back on the bike in November this year.
Vsevolod Brylyakov: “I am really excited to join Kemea Yamaha in 2018. I have been off the bike for quite some time now, so it’s exciting to know that when I return I will be joining a new team. It’s also really exciting to have factory support for the first time in my career. That’s a big thing for me and a big step forward. I can’t wait to join Yamaha and start testing and riding with a new structure. The team looks really cool and I believe that I can do great things with the YZ250F. When I look at the team, and Yamaha’s entire structure, it seems like it is very organised and very professional, and you can see how much the brand is investing and developing inside the paddock at the World Championship. That makes me confident that this is the right team to go to.”
Erik Eggens, Yamaha Motor Europe MX Racing Manager: “We’re happy to welcome Vsevolod to Yamaha and racing for the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 team. Vsevolod has proven he has the speed over the last couple of years inside the FIM MX2 World Championship. Unfortunately, injuries have prevented him from achieving the sort of results that reflect his speed. He has been with Yamaha in the past and since then we have been watching his progress. We are confident that with the right support Vsevelod can achieve his goals, he is very motivated and at Kemea he will have the support of a team that has a professional structure and will provide Vsevolod with all of the tools he needs to make the most from his talent. We are looking forward to a solid and successful 2018.”
Hans Corvers, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team Owner: “I’m glad to sign Vsevolod. He has shown that he has the speed and the talent to be at the top of MX2, but for a number of reasons, he has not achieved what he is capable of up until now. I believe that our complete package at Kemea with an extremely good YZ250F, Marnicq Bervoets, Jacky Vimond and all of the crew, we are sure he can achieve some amazing things.”