A late signing in the Grand Prix paddock! Interestingly, JWR Honda Racing are taking advantage of the new EMX Open category and putting Cornelius Tøndel in there as an official member of the team. The news was announced via the following press release.
JWR Racing is ecstatic to announce the second rider of the team. Cornelius Tøndel will pilot the Honda machine in the 2020 EMX Open series. Cornelius Tøndel, one of the biggest talents in Scandinavia, lives in Norway and on his road to success he will be supervised by former racer Espen Blikstad.
The talented Cornelius can be one of the favourites fighting for the top positions in the new EMX Open series. The plan for 2020 is to gain experience and go for top positions in the EMX Open series, and if possible do one or two MXGP races. Cornelius will also compete in the Swedish and Norwegian national championships during the year so he's in for a lot of racing on his new Honda.
Cornelius Tøndel: "I have to say that I am really happy to get the opportunity to race for JWR Racing on the Honda CRF450R. I have dreamed of racing a Honda for years and to get the opportunity to race the JWR CRF450R is great. I am really looking forward to start working with Johan, Tonny and the complete JWR Honda Racing team. I know I will be working with very good people who love the sport. I cannot wait to get going!"
Johan Westermark [JWR Honda Racing Team Owner]: "We are happy to have Cornelius on the team. We were talking to him earlier this year, so he was on the short list of riders that we wanted on the team. He is talented, works hard and gives it his best. He showed very good speed in MX2 last year in Sweden. He never gives up when he's on the track and that is something that we respect a lot. We will do our best and try to give him everything he needs during the season to succeed. We still have some opportunities for a third rider if it is right for the team."
Tonny Govers [JWR Honda Racing Team Manager]: "I am very happy to announce our riders for 2020 and I can say I am very excited working with Anton and Cornelius for the 2020 season. We hope we can make another step with Anton in the premier MXGP class, and help Cornelius fight for top spots in the new EMX Open class. I would also like to thank our loyal sponsors who will support us again in 2020 and make things possible for the team and our riders!"
Patrik Erlandsson [Marketing Coordinator]: "This rider makes so much sense for the team! Now we can start the season. To be part of the Honda family is perfect for all of us. We will focus on a lot of social-media presence and activities to support him and Anton during the championships series. Team JWR is ready for the 2020 EMX Open and FIM Motocross World Championship series."
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