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Motorcycle Kawasaki KX450F
2015 - FIM MX2 World Championship (injured)
2014 - 5th MXGP of Qatar, 8th FIM MX2 World Championship
2013 - 3rd GP Czech Republic, FIM World Championship
2012 - FIM World Championship
Motorcycle Kawasaki KX450F
2016: 3rd - Australian MX Nationals - MX22015: 6th - Australian MX Nationals - MX2
Russian motocross extraordinaire, Aleksandr Tonkov will join Nathan Crawford to compete aboard the factory MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team KX450F motorcycles in the 2017 Australian MX Nationals series.
The 24 year old from Kungur in Russia joins the team on the back of an injury dealt during training last year. The recovery process halted Tonkov’s 2016 MXGP campaign that had otherwise taken off with a promising start.
Aleksandr was introduced to motocross racing by his father and brothers. Excelling at home in Russia was followed by an eleven year stint of competitive racing in Europe, starting on an 85cc. Now we welcome Aleksandr to Australia as he commences his 2017 MX Nationals assault aboard the factory KX450F, under the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team banner.
“I had some USA opportunities but I have never been to Australia. I heard a lot of nice things about Australia. It is very different to Europe so I wanted to come here and race. I was really happy with the phone call to come racing here and to do what I love. I am really happy and really thankful for the opportunity.”
“The MXGP in Europe was already a big step that I made. I raced the Motocross des Nations in 2014 and this was the highlight of my career but winning my first MXGP race was also a very happy moment. But inside me I felt like I wanted to spend time and race in Australia instead of USA or Europe.”
The 19 year old Queenslander has established himself as one of the most promising motocross and supercross talents in Australia. An untimely incident at the final round of the 2016 MX Nationals cost Nathan the MX2 class lead and left him having to settle with 3rd place in the series overall. Nathan’s steady rise through the ranks now sees him take the ultimate step-up into the MX1 (450cc category) with the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team and his factory KX450F.
“Well I race because I love the sport definitely. I guess you can say it’s all I’ve done growing up and I’ve never looked another way. My dad got me into riding at a very young age and I’m glad he did because I love it and I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t racing.”
“I was never really inside the top ten when I was young but loved racing, mostly because of the time I had hanging with dad. Over the years I got more competitive and started progressing so I achieved better results. I picked up my first supported ride in 2013 and that kicked it off for me. We gave it 100% from there and it allowed us to get the results and move into the seniors and here we are.”
“That feeling of winning keeps me going and motivated every day.”