Penrite Honda Racing has confirmed MX Nationals MX2 runner-up Kyle Webster will transfer to the factory squad for 2020 after four seasons at CRF Honda Racing.
Webster will join MX1 and SX1 runner-up Luke Clout, who recently signed a deal that will see him race select AMA Supercross rounds, while it’s understood Brett Metcalfe will remain at the squad for another season in MX1.
The 23-year-old experienced a breakout 2019 campaign with CRF Honda Racing – the team going on hiatus next year – as he claimed three overall victories on his way to second in the MX Nationals, while he later represented Team Australia at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
“Firstly I want to thank Mark Luksich, he has been the sole reason I was able to continue my racing,” Webster explained. “He believed in me and I am grateful for his support.
“This year was great – winning three rounds was a highlight, especially coming back from a broken back in 2017. The Honda 250 is a serious weapon and I am looking forward to racing with the factory Honda team.
“I know how strong the team is in supercross and they have won in motocross as well. I have already tested with the team and am confident we can be competitive.”
Team owner Yarrive Konsky added: “Kyle has proven he can win, he rode well at the Des Nations this year, and Mark Luksich has done a tremendous job. We will work closely with Kyle to be a fierce contender for a championship.”
The Penrite Honda Racing squad will also contest the 2020 New Zealand MX Nationals in preparation for its domestic assault.