The 2014 French 125 Junior Champion was originally planned to compete in the EMX250 series when he joined the team in December 2015, but instead will make his Honda MX2 debut on the CRF250R at the GP of the Netherlands on 27-28 March.
Honda Gariboldi Racing has always focused on finding and developing new young talent, as best demonstrated with taking Tim Gajser to the MX2 title last season, and the commitment to Herbreteau continues this attitude.
To aid his development, the team has also contracted the services of Frenchman Bruno Losito, the former manager and trainer of Marvin Musquin, to train Herbreteau on a daily basis and at every GP of the season.
Herbreteau will race as teammate to both Gajser, who makes his MXGP debut this season, and Spaniard Jorge Zaragoza who will again contest the MX2 class aboard the CRF250RW.
Giacomo Gariboldi, Team Principal
“We’re very excited to announce that this year David will join us and compete in MX2. He’s a very promising young talent and multiple French junior champion, so for us the decision for him to race in MX2 on the CRF250R was quite an easy one – it’s where we are very strong as reigning World Champions, and it allows David to race straight away with the best guys in an environment where he will learn and develop very quickly. We’re confident that we have a very strong team this season with three young and talented guys: Tim in MXGP and David joining Jorge in MX2. Official testing will start at the end of January, and we’re ready to go and looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this new season will bring.”
“I’m really happy to join the Honda Gariboldi Team for this season and I’m so grateful to Giacomo for his trust and support. It was a nice present for Christmas to join the team, and now it’s a big opportunity to race almost a full season in MX2. For the first I have all the materials in place for full training and preparation for the season, so I will take this chance and work so hard for it. It’s also a great honour to be able to join Tim and Jorge in the same team so I’m really motivated for 2016 with Honda.”
David Herbreteau in brief:
Birth date: 30 December 1997 in Fontenay le Comte, France
2014: French 125 Junior Champion, 4th in E125
2012: French 85 Champion, 2nd in the 85 European Championship (winner of the SW qualifying group)
2011: 5th in the French 85cc Championship
2010: Winner of the Master Kids and Kenny Festival, 85cc class
2009: French 65cc Champion, winner of the Kenny Festival, 65cc class
2007: Winner of Master Kids, 65cc class, 2nd in the World Mini Trophy