The first round of the 2022 YXZ1000R Italy Cup, the Artugna Race, was held during the opening event of the Italian Cross Country Rally Championship in Pordenone, the spiritual home of Baja racing in Northern Italy. The race took place on Saturday, March 12th and consisted of four timed stages, covering over 300km of fast, dusty, dirt roads designed to put man and machine to the test.
The Quaddy Racing YXZ1000R, fitted with the dedicated GYTR Racing Kit that upgrades the standard version to meet FIA T4 safety regulations, dominated proceedings during the race but had to battle through adversity to emerge as winners. After leading the first stage, a bent steering rod during stage two saw their advantage wiped out, but Ventura and Brun drove flawlessly during the final two stages to win by 33 seconds and secure the SSV and Overall victories.
The Quaddy Racing team used the race as a shakedown ahead of their participation in the FIA Cross Country Baja European Championship as an official Yamaha supported team in 2022, with the first round - the Baja Dehesa Extremadura in Spain - scheduled for April 29th - May 1st.