Thomas Covingtong plans to race in the EMX250 class at Matterley Basin. Photography by Kit Palmer

Team Green’s Thomas Covington will compete in the EMX250 Series this week at Matterley Basin. Photography by Kit Palmer

Kawasaki Team Green up-and-coming amateur motocrosser Thomas Covington will get a taste of racing in Europe this weekend at the MXGP at Matterley Basin in the UK. Covington will compete in the European EMX250 class.

The 17-year-old recently made the trek to the UK along with a set of suspension for his Kawasaki KX250F and will be pitted among the CLS Grand Prix crew – home to the likes of Tommy Searle and Alex Lupino.

“I wanted to get some experience around a Grand Prix and just check out what the scene was like,” Covington said. “People had good things to say about Matterley so it seemed like the right moment to come over. It’s my first time in Europe but all the people on the team have been looking after me really well and I’ve been out riding at some track around here, like Fatcat Motoparc.

Covington has spent over a week getting to grips with the time variation and culture difference. “Actually there’s not that much different,” he said. “The accents obviously! And having to get used to being on the other side of the road but the food has been great and it’s been a decent experience.”

Covington will turn pro for 2014 and is expected to join Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit race team.

“The European guys run just one moto so it will be interesting,” said Covington. “I’d like to go back with a win and with the bike I have and the support around me I’m hoping for a good result.”

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