After a great 2009 season, which is not finished as the team will enter the Motocross of Nations and several Supercross including Paris Bercy, team Bud Racing has already his mind in 2010. The young French squad will be once more involved in the World and French Championships, with Nicolas Aubin and Gregory Aranda.
During his second attempt at the highest level of racing, team Bud Racing claimed excellent results with two MX2 Grand Prix wins and a third final ranking with Gautier Paulin. The French MX1 title of David Vuillemin complete this great season, and the team expect similar or even better in 2010.
Always with a strong support from Kawasaki Europe and Kawasaki Motors France, team Bud will line up next season one rider in each class. In the MX2 category it's Nicolas Aubin (21 years old) who joined the team, four years after being supported by Bud; winner of a MX2 GP and 3rd of the 2008 World Championship, 'Nico' had a difficult experience this season but proved several times that his potential was always strong. His teammate will be Gregory Aranda (20 years old) who is a pure product of the Kawasaki family; twice 85cc French champion, 'Greg' showed a great potential this season for his first experience on a 450. Youngest rider in this class, he finished several times in the 'Top ten' of a GP and was runner-up of David Vuillemin in France.
The team will improve its technical organization this winter, with a new trailer and a new workshop in Belgium. Gregory Aranda will appear for the first time with the Bud Racing colors at Bercy Supercross, and he will be joined a few weeks later by Nicolas Aubin. Both riders and Jacky Vimond will then fly to the USA after Christmas, to prepare next season in the best mental and physical conditions; they will be back in Europe for the first International races, and later the French and World Championships.
Stephane Dassé: "The main goal ofBud Racing has always been to give the best material and support to our riders, in order to collect the best results. We learnt a lot this season, and we'll continue to improve our organization with a professional staff; Jacky Vimond is always working with us, and will coach both riders with physical and technical advices. Our team will be even more professional in 2010, it's one of our goals, and we'll have a strong team spirit. We're happy to have two young and talented French kids with us, both were motivated to join us. Most of our partners already confirmed that they will follow us, thanks to Kawasaki, Pastorello, PSM and all the others that we can't name individually. This season we were battling for the World title, that was not in our plan but we enjoyed the situation and expect to continue in 2010; Nicolas will be a contender for the MX2 podium, while Gregory has the potential to get strong results in the highly competitive MX1 class."
Gregory Aranda: "I had the opportunity to enter a factory team, but for me it was too early and I decided to join team Bud where I will be able to work with Jacky Vimond. I felt necessary to work with such a great trainer, and I'm highly motivated to work with him; my goal next season will be to finish regularly in the top ten of the GP's, including on sandy tracks. I know how important it is to be fit physically, and even if Jacky ask a lot to his riders it will not be a problem for me. There is a great atmosphere in the team, and I'm pleased to be part of Bud Racing."
Nicolas Aubin: "I'm happy of my choice, and I'm convinced that it's better for me to stay in the MX2 class rather than moving in the MX1. I'm sure that I still have chances to get the MX2 World Title, but I need to change something around me and in my preparation. Bud offered me this opportunity, I'm happy to work with Jacky Vimond and to be back with people that I know pretty well since we worked together in 2005."