THJ MAKES SHOCK VETLANDA EXIT
Tomas H Jonasson is set to race away from hometown team Vetlanda for the first time in 2019 after rider and club failed to agree a new deal.
15 / 10 / 2018, 09:58
Swedish star Tomas H Jonasson is set to race away from hometown team Vetlanda for the first time in 2019 after rider and club failed to agree terms on a new deal.
THJ has spent his entire career at the Vetlanda Motorstadion, joining them as an 80cc rider in 2001, before working his way up the ladder to become a full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix star in 2015.
Jonasson played his part in four Elitserien title-winning seasons for the club in 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2015, but his form has dipped since a tough year in the World Championship, which saw him finish 14th overall.
We obviously hoped to be able to agree a deal, but to increase our payments to Tomas was under no circumstances possible. We thank Tomas and wish him luck!
Vetlanda had hoped to retain their academy graduate, but with other teams offering more cash and pushing Jonasson for an answer, his current side has admitted defeat in their battle to keep him.
In a statement on their official website, Vetlanda boss Mikael Wirebrand explained: “On Saturday morning we were told that Tomas leaves the club.
“Tomas has been riding for the club for his entire career and has been part of many good achievements. Tomas has been a big part of these successes and we have a lot to thank each other for.
“Tomas' multi-year contract expires on Monday and many calls were made to discuss how a further extension would be possible.
“After asking for a pay increase, Tomas announced on Friday night that he had to make a decision because other clubs showed interest and they did not give Tomas any opportunity to drag this out anymore.
“The club is looking to make savings, which meant that the parties were far apart and thus Tomas chose to thank us and leave for another club.
“We obviously hoped to be able to agree a deal, but to increase our payments to Tomas was under no circumstances possible. We thank Tomas and wish him luck! In the coming week we will present several names for the 2019 squad.”