After finishing inside the top five at the FIM Junior 85cc Motocross World Championship in 2015, Rick Elzinga popped up on the radar as a stylish young rider with huge potential.
At the tender age of 15, the Dutch prodigy was picked up by Yamaha and placed on the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Team for the 2017 and ’18 EMX125 seasons. With the support of an Official team, the youngster had the chance to shine, however, his result on paper does not reflect his true ability as both seasons were spoiled by untimely injuries. Nevertheless, the young star continued to fight, and by the end of the 2018 season, he had bounced back, racing his GYTR kitted YZ125 to four top-three race finishes, and two overall podium finishes at the final two rounds of the EMX125 series.In the year that followed, Elzinga stepped up to the EMX250 class and impressively raced his GYTR kitted YZ250F to 10th overall in his rookie season.
After an injury struck season in 2020, Elzinga came back with a vengeance in 2021. The 19-year-old finished inside the top-three in nine races and collected four pieces of podium silverware on his way to the bronze medal.
After two years with another manufacturer, Elzinga has made a welcomed return to Yamaha in 2022 where he intends to challenge the crown with the full support of the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team.
Date of birth: 11-01-2002
Place of birth: Zenderen, The Netherlands
Hobbies: Working out(gym), cooking , Netflix
2021: 3rd EMX250 Championship
2019: 10th EMX250 Championship
2016: 19th EMX125, 5th Dutch Championship 125cc
2015: 5th World Championship 85cc, 7th European Championship 85cc, 1st Dutch Championship 85cc
2014: 9th European Championship 85cc, 2nd Dutch Championship 85cc