Jimmy Decotis has never shied away from a challenge. The 21-year old motorcycle racer from Peabody was thrilled when Kawasaki called to offer him a contract to join the CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team.
Decotis flew to the Netherlands last week to begin testing his new 250F Kawasaki green No. 613 bike that he hopes to put on the podium soon. He didn’t have any time to waste dialing in the bike he is riding in the FIM Motocross World Championship Grand Prix series. It is the big break the privateer has been waiting for. He will complete the rest of the 2013 season for Kawasaki Monster Energy, and depending on how things go has an opportunity to remain on the team next year.
Kawasaki needed a new rider after Arnaud Tonus suffered a serious injury that will keep him out of racing until his injuries heal. Mitch Payton of Pro Circuit and Mitch Covington of Monster Energy put Kawasaki team owner Jean-Jacques Luisetti in touch with the up and coming young American.
“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 have the opportunity to stay with CLS in 2014,” said team owner Luisetti at the signing.
Decotis had been consistently recording top 10 finishes as one of the best young privateers on supercross and motocross circuits in the United States. He recently had three top 10 finishes, going up against factory sponsored riders in the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series.
Kawasaki was looking for a bright young star, and Decotis is delighted to join the team even though the European courses are very demanding. Instead of the two 15 minutes plus two lap Supercross races he had been competing in, the GP requires going full throttle for 35 minutes plus two laps which takes its toll on the body trying to negotiate the ruts and jumps on the dirt tracks at top speed.