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April 20, 2013

Decotis signs with Kawasaki, heads to Europe for Motorcross World Championship

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“He got picked up by Honda, but then he got hurt. He’s just starting to get back to where he was before the injuries. I think he has been among the top 10 finishers in every Supercross race.”

Kawasaki got an apartment for Decotis near the team’s shop. He had to adjust to the six-hour time difference as well as the new courses. And he had to jump in with no period of adjustment because five days after he arrived he got his first taste of action.

He qualified 13th in Moto 2 in Trentino, Italy, but things didn’t go his way the rest of the weekend. He was bumped from behind on the opening lap of Moto 1 and after two crashes in the second race he had to withdraw because of cramps in his forearm.

“I knew that it wouldn’t be easy coming here last week and racing for the first time on a European track,” Decotis said at the press conference. “I had a good start in the first moto, but crashed in the first lap when someone ran into me from behind. It was a tough race after that. In the second race I was in the top 15, but got cramps and struggled. I hate to retire but that could be dangerous on this track. I know the Bulgaria track will be different, and we’ll have a week to work and prepare for it with the team.”

The next stop is Round 5 at Sevilievo in Bulgaria on Sunday and then in Portugal on May 5. The schedule calls for a race in a different country every week or occasionally two weeks, and the season ends in September.

“He’ll be racing in Brazil (May 19) and Mexico (May 26),” his father said. “I think that will be a nice time to go see him.”

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