Monster Energy Kawasaki is calling up French Supercross star Fabien Izoird to fill in for the injured Jake Weimer in AMA Supercross, starting this weekend at Anaheim 2. Izoird, who is the current French and European Supercross champ, will ride Weimer’s KX450F for an undefined period, while Weimer recoups from the broken arm he suffered just over a month ago.
The 23-year-old Izoird will be running the number 321 in this weekend’s race.”It’s a dream come true to ride for a team like Monster Energy Kawasaki,” said Izoird. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of a prestigious team like this. The bike is better than I could have ever imagined and I’m really looking forward to racing this weekend.”Izoird raced the AMA Supercross series last year before his season started in Europe, making five out of six 450 main events aboard a Kawasaki and finishing as high as 12th in San Diego.”We looked at riders both here in America and abroad,” said Kawasaki Supercross Team Manager Mike Fisher. “A lot of teams in Europe only sponsor riders for the GP events, but he hasn’t gone that path. He specializes in supercross. One of the biggest hurdles we had to overcome was finding a rider without certain ties to sponsors. We didn’t want to pull anyone out of previous commitments that was good for them since the interim rider will only be competing temporary until Jake returns. Fabien ended up being the best all around fit.”In the meantime, Weimer has his sights set on the outdoor series, but hopes to return for one of the final rounds of the Supercross series.