The promising successor of father Stefan Everts and grandson of Harry Everts has signed a two-year contract with the Finnish brand.
The Finnish manufacturer Yoko has been able to pin a lot of world titles to the wall in the past with legends such as: Carlqvist, Rinaldi, Kinigadner, Thorpe, Van den Berk, Malherbe and Lamson. The next era is now introduced with Liam Everts who is one of the most promising young motocross riders coming out of Europe at the moment. 14 years old Liam claimed bronze in EMX85 championship and silver in German ADAC series this year. 2019 will be his first year in big bikes and he will appear in his EMX125 debut with the brand new Yoko collection.
Liam Everts: "The Yoko brand has a rich history in motocross and I'm glad that I can be a part of that. We're also both very eager to win. Yoko wants to reclaim his place at the top between the dominating clothing brands, I want to claim my place in the 125cc class. Both are hard tasks, but hard work will bring us to that destination."
Jani Gustafsson (CEO of Yoko): "We are extremely happy to have Liam join the Yoko Team Pilot program. Liam is definitely one of the most promising riders coming out of Europe and we are proud to support him on his way to the top of our sport.
Liam will also play an important role in our testing and product development as we are constantly striving to innovate and perfect our products. Similar to Yoko, The Everts family has a rich history in motocross with wins and championships so this is perfect match"
About Yoko Founded already in 1977 Yoko is one of the original motocross gear brands. Back in the 80s Yoko was commonly seen on top of the podium on both sides of the pond by riders such as Brad Lackey, Mark Barnet, Graham Noyce, Håkan Carlqvist, Michele Rinaldi, Heinz Kinigadner, Andre Malherbe, David Thorpe and Jon Van Den Berk. In the US, the latest sponsored rider was Steve Lamson until Yoko decided to quit producing moto garments and sold the Yoko moto license forward in the mid 90s. Every now and then Yoko Moto gear would pop up under different manufacturers, but it wasn't until 2016 when Yoko Moto garments returned to its original owners. Since then Yoko has been pushing full steam ahead with innovative new products for offroad and street moto, snowmobile and team wear, which have veen added alongside Yoko's established range of cross-country skiing and bicycle products. In 2018 Jani Gustafsson joined forces with Jan Berthels, CEO of Technical Touch BVBA, the official importer of other top brands as KYB, Hinson, Yoshimura and ODI. This was also the start of YOKO EUROPE. Jan Berthels has been known for years in the MX and Road racing world and previously worked with Stefan Everts personally as his suspension technician when Stefan achieved 8 of his 10 World championship titles while working with Jan personally.
Jan Berthels (President of Yoko Europe) "For me it's a personal honour to welcome Liam in the Yoko Team Pilot program and I hope we can get as many titles or even more with Liam on Yoko gear as I did while working with Stefan with KYB suspension."
more info at www.yoko-europe.com