IN LOVING MEMORY

Dear sponsors and friends, dear motorsport fans,

once again a season has come to an end – a season that started so promisingly and which we will never forget in the end. When we left for Spain at the beginning of February to start the season well prepared, nobody could have guessed the development and events of the following months.

After a difficult previous season with two rookies, the year 2021 was meant to be different for Team carXpert PrüstelGP. The hard training over the winter months paid off and we started very well into the new season. Without a gap, our two drivers Jason Dupasquier (#50, CH) and Ryusei Yamanaka (#6, JP) finished every race in the points, the performance curve went steeply uphill… and then happened what should never happen despite all safety precautions… on May 30, 2021 we suddenly and completely unexpectedly lost our family member Jason Dupasquier in the most tragic way. It is sadly the most brutal face of our beloved sport and it is still hard for us to put into words what the loss of this extraordinary person and at the same time role model for many young talents around the world means to us. Jason was a determined and respectful rider who had now arrived in the league of World Champions.

We can all be proud of the legacy Jason leaves behind despite his young age of only 19. We are grateful for the great sympathy and condolences. Jason will now forever be a part of us and we want to honor that memory.

Deeply saddened, we traveled back to the Sachsenring at the end of June for the German Grand Prix. The biggest motorsport event in the Federal Republic of Germany had to take place without spectators once again in 2021 due to corona – this did not make the situation any easier for us.

During the summer break, we thought about a lot of things, but also used the time to realign our focus. It was very emotional for us to fill the second half of the pit box. There was really only one rider who could, would and should take on this difficult legacy… the Czech Filip Salac (#12, CZ). Filip was his predecessor in the PrüstelGP team and at the same time Jason’s best friend in the paddock. For Filip as well as for us it was an honor to finish the season together.

So we raced the second half of the season with Filip Salac and Ryusei Yamanaka. Filip had already shown in the past that he is a very talented rider and can fight for podium places. Even if he was sometimes unlucky, Filip brought the spirit of a successful racing team back to the pits – which was good for everyone’s motivation. With success comes opportunity – so we congratulate Filip on his promotion to the Moto2 series in 2022, also due to his grown body structure a decision we can well understand.

It was no secret that Ryusei and Jason get on very well during their time in the PrüstelGP team, motivating and pushing each other on – it was a perfect pair with a lot of potential for the future. The painful loss of his teammate also took its toll on Ryusei throughout the rest of the season. In order to promote Ryusei Yamanaka’s still young career, we decided together with Ryusei and his management to switch to another team. Riders have to show full concentration on the track in order not to endanger themselves and others – that’s why we wish Ryusei the very best for his future!

As for the PrüstelGP team, we also have some news to announce. From 2022 we will change from customer team status to factory team for the Chinese quad and motorcycle manufacturer CFMOTO. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland alone, CFMOTO serves over 400 dealers for the popular ATV brand. Whether for professional use in agriculture, forestry, hunting, aid organizations and winter services… or simply for fun in their free time.

Our roots, our spirit and our philosophy will not change – we will, however, change our colors to match the corporate design of the new main sponsor CFMOTO. After many meetings in recent months, we have been able to form a strong package for 2022 and are not only pleased to welcome Tom Lüthi, a World Champion (2005, 125cc),Moto2 runner-up and GP rider from the premier class, as the new Sports Director in the team, but are also particularly pleased to gain Jason’s mentor and coach for the German racing team on a personal level. In this way, we want to continue to strengthen the bond between Germany and Switzerland!

Yes, an exciting and at the same time challenging project lies ahead of us. Together with CFMOTO, we have been able to engage two fast and not completely unknown Spaniards. In 2022, we will be racing for the title in the Moto3 World Championship with Xavier Artigas and Carlos Tatay.

The 18-year-old Xavier Artigas already scored a podium finish at the Grand Prix debut in Valencia in 2019, having previously managed to finish in the top 3 in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. In 2021, he finally rode his first full season at world championship level, winning the season-ending Grand Prix in Valencia at the end of November.

Carlos Tatay, also 18, is a former Red Bull Rookies Cup champion and has already claimed victories in the FIM CEV Junior World Championship. The Spaniard will be racing his third season in Grand Prix racing in 2022 and also has the potential to win.

In 2022 we will all enter our sixth season together and with John McPhee, Marco Bezzecchi and Albert Arenas we have already produced GP winners and the 2020 World Champion. None of this would have been possible without your support. A racing team is never only as good as its athletes. The people and supporters off the track also play a significant role in its success. We say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts for the great support!

Preparations for the upcoming season are already in full swing, as the schedule is well filled with an expanded field of Grand Prix circuits for 2022. We are planning an official team presentation for sponsors on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 and an open event for fans on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Feel free to mark Jan. 22, 2022 in your calendar already. More information about the current situation and possibilities for the event will be announced by the end of the year.

We thank you for your understanding and wish you a Merry Christmas in the circle of your loved ones as well as a good start into a successful, new year 2022.

We are look forward to seeing you all again soon, stay safe and sound.

Greetings,

Florian Prüstel und das PrüstelGP-Team

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