Gritty Bulgarian Petar Petrov will chase the 2017 world title as he leads the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team for his final season in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.
Date of birth:
24 July 1994
Place of birth:
Sevlievo and Naast (Belgium)
The 22 year old, who will be forced to move to the MXGP class next year because of the age-related regulations for MX2, already has huge experience on the world stage as he has raced the GPs since 2010 in the wake of promising results in the 85cc and 125cc youth classes. Already in 2011 he scored a top five moto finish in his favourite sandy going, but a lack of suitable machinery saw his career stagnate in the following years although he remained regularly amongst the lower points scorers. Given the opportunity to race genuine factory bikes for the first time when he joined Kawasaki in the middle of the 2015 campaign, Petar immediately raced into the top ten when he made his debut in green at the British GP despite only having a few hours on the bike prior to the event. He followed this up in the remaining GPs with a string of top six performances on all surfaces to earn his first-ever end-of-year top ten world ranking.
With a full winter to prepare physically and dial in his KX250F-SR Petar, whose mid-mannered intelligent nature had already made him an extremely popular member of the team, confirmed expectations as a string of major scores kept him in the top five of the series points during the first half of the season despite a few niggling injuries along the way. Fully aware of his role as team leader this year Petar eventually cut his season short at the end of August to undergo an overdue operation for a long-standing shoulder injury sustained before he joined Kawasaki. His absence from the final rounds of the series cost him his very realistic hope of finishing fifth in the world, but both the rider himself and the team agreed that the early operation was the best route to ensure that Petar will be fully prepared for the task ahead in 2017 when they confidently expect him to challenge for race wins and the title.
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