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Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 Team on the Hunt for EMX250 Glory

Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 Team on the Hunt for EMX250 Glory

The Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 Team has arrived in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, for the opening round of the 2020 EMX250 Championship. The team will line up title threats Thibault Benistant and Gianluca Facchetti both on Yamaha's proven GYTR kitted YZ250F motorcycles.

As the first Official Yamaha rider to claim the EMX125 crown onboard a GYTR-equipped YZ125 in 2018, Benistant is a strong addition to the Official Yamaha EMX250 Team for 2020. The 18-year-old Frenchman rounded out his rookie season inside the top-five of the 2019 EMX250 Championship with the highlight of his season being the third-place he scored in the EMX250 class at the MXGP of France. Running #198 in 2020, Benistant will be joined under the awning in 2020 by the 2017 FIM Junior 125cc World Champion Facchetti.

Facchetti has had a solid start to his 2020 campaign. The 19-year-old Italian took his GYTR kitted YZ250F to an astonishing second-place finish inside the MX2 class at the International Italian Championship in Ottobiano earlier this year. Although the #22 has proven he has a serious amount of speed and talent, the youngster is still looking to establish his name on the EMX250 stage and hopes to get his 2020 season off to a solid start in Valkenswaard this weekend. 

The EMX250 Championship will be held over nine rounds, in nine different countries. Each round will take place throughout the weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The riders will typically be split into two groups and will qualify for each round through a Timed Practice on Saturday. The combined times from the Timed Practice will determine the order in which the riders will go to the gate for the championship races. Each round will stage two championship races, one will take place on Saturday afternoon with the final race of each round taking place on Sunday morning. The duration of each race is 25 minutes + 2 laps.

Thibault Benistant

Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 Rider

I feel good for the weekend. Myself and the team have worked a lot on the bike and I have been working hard physically this winter. I feel good and I am happy. I can’t wait for the first race!

Gianluca Facchetti

Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 rider

I have not raced too many times here in Valkenswaard, but I like the track and I will try to give my best. This weekend is only the first race of the season, so it’s important to just score good points. My main objective this year is to stay focused on giving 100%