After and up and down season in 2010, Ben Townley has announced that he will return to the MX1 World Championship, signing a one year deal with Pro Circuit and Kawasaki Team CLS to compete in the 2011 World series.The former World MX2 and US Lites Champion from Taupo in New Zealand suffered through back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, but saw many highlights, as well, including moto wins at the US Grand Prix in Glen Helen and the Motocross of Nations in Lakewood, Colorado.Townley will be renewing his successful relationship with Kawasaki, Monster Energy and Pro Circuit with his new deal.
"I'm really excited about the new deal I have with Kawasaki Team CLS," said Townley. "I have had a great relationship with Kawasaki over the years and rode for them as an amateur in New Zealand so I am excited to be back on Green and to renew that relationship again. Kawasaki Team CLS has a lot of experience with the likes of Harry Nolte and obviously the involvement with Mitch and Pro Circuit is a big part of it as well and was the key in making my decision. With Monster Energy being the title sponsor of the FIM MX World Championship it is also a huge incentive to do well and put Kawasaki and Monster up front. I always had the feeling that I had some unfinished business to take care of in the MX1 world championship and I am now looking forward to coming back to fight for the world title. I also have to say a big thanks to Troy Lee and his team for helping me get my career back on track. They helped me when I was at rock bottom and I will always be grateful to them."