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Reisulis Takes GYTR Kitted YZ125 to Sensational Second Overall

Reisulis Takes GYTR Kitted YZ125 to Sensational Second Overall

Yamaha celebrated another successful day of racing in Pietramurata, Italy, with the venue hosting round eight of the EMX250 and EMX125 Championships. MJC Yamaha Official EMX125’s Karlis Reisulis took his GYTR kitted YZ125 to two top-three race finishes for second overall – he was second in race one and third in race two. Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s rookie sensation Andrea Bonacorsi started the day with a thrilling race win, but after crashes spoiled the final race, he was classified fourth overall. At the same time, Riley Yamaha Racing’s Hakon Fredriksen took his YZ250F to the third step of the EMX250 podium, while teammate Cornelius Toendel rounded out the top-five.

After qualifying in second position, Bonacorsi was nothing short of sensational in the opening EMX250 race as he attacked the familiar ‘Arco di Trento’ circuit with the confidence of a true champion. The 18-year-old Italian defended a solid charge from one of the most experienced EMX250 riders in the class, Kevin Horgmo, and led all 16 laps for an emphatic race win – the second of his budding career. Teammate Jeremy Sydow put in a smooth and consistent ride for seventh.  

Bonacorsi ended the first lap in 32nd position in the second race of the day after colliding with another rider on one of the steep inclines.  Desperate to collect as many points as possible, the ‘35’ impressed as he blitzed his way through the field to finish inside the top-10. He was 10th, which meant he narrowly missed a fourth consecutive podium finish by a mere 2-points. He was fourth overall.

Fredriksen uncorked a second bottle of podium champagne in 2021 after going 5-2 in the two points-paying races. At the same time, Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Jeremy Sydow celebrated a season-best sixth overall.  

With two rounds remaining in the 2021 EMX250 Championship, Bonacorsi remains fifth in the standings, only 1-point shy of Liam Everts in fourth. Fredriksen and Toendel are sixth and seventh, respectively, while after missing four rounds through injury, Sydow has moved up to 13th. 

The final two rounds will take place on Saturday 6th and Tuesday 9th November, in Mantova, Italy. 

The MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team returned to the hard-packed, tight and compact Ciclamino circuit for the third of three back-to-back races and the penultimate round of the EMX125 Championship. Once again, all three GYTR kitted YZ125 riders were lightning quick in Timed Practice. Ferruccio Zanchi posted the second fastest lap in Group 1 with a 1’46.251, while Karlis Reisulis went pole with a 1’45.495 lap in Group 2, marginally quicker than van Erp who ended the session in second position with a time of 1’45.770.

A frantic start to the opening EMX125 race saw two-thirds of the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 trio go down. After setting the fastest lap in qualifying, Reisulis showed incredible speed and precision as he charged from a ninth-place start to a season-best second-place finish. 

After crashing at turn-one with Romeo Karu and his teammate Van Erp, Zanchi put in a spirited charge from the back of the pack to finish 11th, while van Erp salvaged 5-points for 16th after he recovered from another spectacular crash on lap-4.

Bouncing back from the drama of race one, van Erp powered his YZ125 to a solid top-three start. Determined to keep the race one winner, Lucas Coenen, in his sights, the young Dutchman ran a hot pace in second-position for 20-minutes before sliding out on a left-hand turn. Fortunately, the ‘432’ had built up a decent buffer over Reisulis, in third, which allowed him to keep the position to the flag.

Reisulis put in another awe-inspiring charge through the pack to finish inside the top-three for the second time in his career. As a result, the 16-year-old Latvian raised his first-ever podium trophy on the second step of the box. 

Meanwhile, two mediocre starts proved costly for MJC Yamaha’s youngest rider, Zanchi. Another challenging start in race two, left the 15-year-old Italian brawling through the pack in the final race of the day. With limited traction and line-choice, the ‘73’ fought hard to finish 10th. 

After a day of mixed results, van Erp was classified eighth overall, while Zanchi rounded out the top-10.

The MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team will now travel 128 kilometers south of Pietramurata for the final round of the EMX125 Championship on Tuesday 9th November in Mantova, Italy. All three riders are inside the top-10 in the championship standings. Van Erp is fifth, Reisulis is seventh and Zanchi is ninth. 

For full results from the EMX round Garda, click here. 

Karlis Reisulis

2nd EMX round of Garda, 42-points

“I don’t have any words because first time on the podium is just an amazing feeling. I had an amazing day, and finally some good starts, which was the missing piece for me at the previous rounds. Two decent starts today and two solid motos to finish on the second step of the podium. I am really really happy!”