Belgian Kevin Strijbos has signed to stay with the factory Suzuki MXGP team for the next two years. He's the first Suzuki rider to be confirmed for 2016 and beyond, as the future of his MXGP team-mates Clement Desalle and Glenn Coldenhoff still hang in the balance. It's widely believed Desalle will go to Kawasaki while Coldenhoff is being linked with a ride at KTM alongside Tony Cairoli.

The factory Suzuki team has been run by the Geboers brothers, Sylvain and Eric, for more than 20 years from their base at Lommel in Belgium. With Sylvain now nearing retirement age, it's believed he may be looking at selling the whole operation if the right buyer can be found. That could be someone like ten-times world champ Stefan Everts who rode for the team in the past.

For Strijbos, it's the latest in many deals with Suzuki where he started in 2002 with an RM125, progressed to an RM250 in 2003 and then on four-stroke RMZ450 from 2004-2007 where he posted the factory's first 450 Grand Prix victory and finished as runner-up twice in the premier class of the world championship. Strijbos returned to the team in 2013 and was third in MXGP in 2014 as well as winning a moto at the Motocross of Nations. Now 29 years old, the Belgian has posted three podium results since his return from wrist and thumb injury earlier this season.

"In the end it was not a hard decision to stay with the team and a group of people that I have grown up with," he said. "The guys all work so well and so hard and know me and what I need. The bike is so competitive and I've been able to make it mine in the last couple of seasons. I'm settled and I'm happy. I'm looking forward to doing the best I can in the next two years."



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