FLASHBACK FRIDAY: THE RUMOR OF MONEY KILLED THE DEAL
Christophe Pourcel came to America after a successful career in Europe, and in 2009 and 2010, Christophe won the 250 East Supercross Championship and came heartbreakingly close to winning the 2009 and 2010 250 Outdoor National titles as well. Assuming that Team Kawasaki would hire him in 2011 as a 450 rider (based on the fact that they had moved other former 250 Supercross winners to the factory team), Pourcel didn’t pursue any other deals. But, Kawasaki never called. It didn’t help Pourcel’s cause that he reportedly wanted $1.5 million for 2011. Whether Pourcel actually asked for $1.5 million is incidental, because he got no offers and ended up on the privateer MotoConcepts Yamaha team. That ride was short-lived (very short-lived), and Pourcel moved back to the GP series for an uneventful 2012 season, where he raced for one season and then decided that he didn’t like the GP system. Two years later he was back in the USA racing for Yamaha in the 250 Nationals. And, last year and for the foreseeable future he has a solid deal with the Rockstar Husqvarna team —and will race the 450 Supercross series in 2016.