This year, 12 countries are represented with riders entering the championship from all corners of the world, including Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Brazil arrives with five riders, more than any other nation in 2022, while youngsters from Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and the United States demonstrates the global attraction of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup.
From Europe, four riders from Spain, three from Italy and France, two from Poland, and one from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United Kingdom have also committed to the Cup this year.
At the Aragón test, Thursday saw the riders receive their race suits, Paddock Blue shirts and caps, while they had the opportunity to randomly select the Yamaha R3 bikes that they will ride for the season.
The opening day also included an official welcome presentation, with Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup Organizer Gianluca Montiron inviting each of the riders to introduce themselves to their fellow competitors. Afterwards, the youngsters all came together for the “Class of ‘22” photo, with the track walk unfortunately cancelled due to heavy rain.
On Friday, after a riders’ briefing, the 24 young talents got their maiden opportunity to ride their Yamaha R3 bikes with the first of four 20-minute sessions. Light showers lingered for much of the day, making track conditions extremely treacherous, and the riders were able to run both of Pirelli’s slick and rain tyres. Despite this, everyone got through the sessions with no incidents, impressing the Yamaha Ambassadors and staff.
The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup riders will next hit the track at the opening round of the 2022 season, which gets underway at Aragón on 8-9 April.
Click here for the full 2022 Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup entry list.