Honda announce a new EMX250 rider line-up for 2019, completing the brand’s ladder of progression through the ranks of the FIM Motocross World Championship from EMX250 through MX2 to MXGP.

Following on from Mathys Boisrame’s dominant EMX250 title-winning campaign in 2018 aboard the Honda CRF250R, three teams will field a total of five riders all hopeful to replicate the Frenchman’s success.

As Boisrame is promoted to the MX2 category with Team Assomotor Redmoto Honda, his seat is taken by the Frenchman Stephen Rubini who joins the Honda stable. He will line up alongside Pierre Goupillon who won the opening EMX250 round of last year in Valencia and took five moto top-three finishes, including a moto win in Russia.

At Team Honda 114 Motorsports, 14-year-old Axel Louis, former French 85cc Champion, will join Chihiro Notsuka on another pair of Honda CRF250Rs. Having won the IA2 class in JMX in 2016 and completed an MX2 season in 2017 with Team HRC, Notsuka took five moto wins in his 2018 JMX campaign.

Lining up on the Buildbase Honda Racing CRF250R is Josh Gilbert, who finished second in the MX2 class of the British Motocross championship last season as well as completing wildcards at the British and French MXGP rounds in MX2, aboard a Honda CRF250R.

The EMX250 season gets underway at the British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin on 23-24 March, with the teams testing in readiness for the eagerly anticipated first gate drop.