Kawasaki Team Green™ Establishes Off-Road Racing Effort with Babbitt’s Motorsports
Foothill Ranch, Calif. (December 2, 2018) – Following the team introduction at the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) banquet, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is pleased to introduce the Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ effort that will field two XC-1 class riders in the 2019 GNCC and Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. With this effort, Kawasaki will continue a long and successful racing relationship with Team Babbitt’s where they captured eight of the last nine AMA Arenacross Championships from 2010-2018. Joining the team aboard his all-new KX™450 motorcycle will be former GNCC XC-1 Champion and current Full Gas Sprint Enduro Champion Josh Strang.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to ride the all-new KX450,” said Strang. “It’s exciting to join a team like Kawasaki, who believe in the potential of my riding and my results. I rode Kawasaki’s in Australia for many years before moving to the U.S. to race, so it’s really gone full circle for me. I can’t wait to get back on a brand that helped start my career and continues to provide support, which is a big part of succeeding.”
In addition to the Team Babbitt’s racing effort, Kawasaki Team Green will have a lot to offer off-road racers, including a $1.7 million racer rewards program with $427,700 dedicated to the GNCC series. The Team Green trackside support crew featuring technical assistance and parts sales for customers will attend seven rounds of the 2019 GNCC series as well as other off-road race events across the country. For GNCC events where the Team Green trackside support crew is not present, the Team Babbitt’s semi will have a supply of OEM parts to assist KX customers in need. To further support our customer, racers can visit their Kawasaki Team Green™ dealer to earn up to a $1,500 rebate for the purchase of a new 2019 KX™ model. Kawasaki dealers have until March 1, 2019 to submit Racer Support Applications.
“We have been working hard to put these programs together and re-establish our presence in the off-road segment,” said Team Green Manager Ryan Holliday. “Having the opportunity to continue our successful relationship with Babbitt’s and be involved with the GNCC series was an easy decision for us. The combination of having a great new KX450 model, experienced riders and the knowledge of our team staff gives us the potential for success right away.”
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ along with the Team Green trackside support crew will take on the treacherous terrain of the Big Buck GNCC season opener in Union, South Carolina on February 24, 2019.
Visit https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency to view the complete lineup of 2019 Off-Road events offering Racer Rewards.
For the opportunity to earn a Kawasaki Team Green™ Racer Rewards payout, visit www.Kawasakisalesrewards.com to enroll. Once enrolled, racers will receive a Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard® that can be used at Kawasaki dealerships or anywhere MasterCard is accepted.
Enrolled racers who earn Racer Rewards will enjoy the following benefits:
● Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is accepted
● Racer Rewards funds credited when results are approved
● Online account balance and account tracking (24 hours)
● Easy profile updates
● ATM Access (Pro riders only)
● Toll-Free customer service support from MasterCard at 1-866-535-2544
All racers who are currently enrolled in the Kawasaki Racer Rewards program must re-activate their account each racing year beginning in January 2019. More information is available online at https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency