Jimmy Decotis Heading to Europe with CLS Kawasaki

With the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team in America banged up lately, one name linked to the team as a possible replacement rider was the New England rippa Jimmy Decotis. Instead it was Tyler Bowers, coming off his third straight Arenacross championship, landing the ride.

A different opportunity opened up in Europe though, as CLS Kawasaki had been hit with an injury of their own. Although Decotis didn't get the spot on Mitch Payton's team, it was actually Mitch who helped connect him with the CLS squad. They announced today that Decotis will be coming onboard for the rest of the 2013 GP season, with the possibility of him staying in Europe with the team next year as well.

Decotis last contested the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 2011, riding for GEICO Honda, but struggled in his return from injury. The following year, he tore his ACL while gearing up for Supercross and was forced to sit out the entire 2012 season. Entering this year as a privateer, Decotis turned in some strong performances in the 250 East Supercross series before completing this deal and looked to be rouding into form just in time for the outdoor nationals.

The official press release from CLS Kawasaki is below.

It was with great relief that CLS team owner Jean-Jacques Luisetti was able to announce his new signing after a devastating start to the 2013 MX2 GP season for the team which has been so successful in recent years together with Kawasaki, Pro Circuit and Monster Energy:

“We had been so confident of further success this year and the injuries to Arnaud Tonus have been a terrible blow to both the rider and the team after our winter of preparation. At the moment we simply cannot say how long it will be before Arnaud receives the green light to race again; he has been back for further examination and the medical advice is that he should rest for 15 days before he even tries to ride again and he may not race until he feels no pain whatsoever.

"It’s just an opportunity that I had to take. This is my chance, this is my time, and I’m going to try and go hold it down for the USA over there."
- Jimmy Decotis, in an interview with Racer X

“It is impossible to predict a date for Arnaud’s return to racing so we had to respect our commitment to all of our sponsors; they have a right to expect results and CLS has a long record of delivering success. In fact it was Mitch Payton of Pro Circuit and Mitch Covington of Monster Energy who put us in contact with James Decostis; I have only spoken to James on the phone so far, but I was immediately very impressed by his seriousness and professional attitude which confirmed the belief shown in him by Pro Circuit and Monster Energy.

James will fly to Europe as soon as possible and we will immediately begin testing and training together; he will be at the start in Italy next week racing #613 and we confidently expect him to put the KX250F back on the podium.

“Our contract with James is for the remainder of the 2013 GP season and, when Arnaud is ready to return to racing, we will enter three riders in the series together with Alessandro Lupino. If all goes to expectations, James will also have the opportunity to stay with CLS in 2014.”

Decostis (21) from Peabody/Massachusetts has been a leading privateer on the US motocross and supercross circuit for a couple of years and has recently recorded three top ten finishes against the factory riders in the AMA Monster Energy Supercross series.

Kawasaki Motors Europe Race Planning Manager, Steve Guttridge, welcomed the signing:

“This is a typically pro-active move by Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit and reflects the global nature of their influence. Jimmy Decotis is widely recognised as a bright young talent; his involvement is sure to be a great addition to the team.”