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First Scandinavian YZ bLU cRU Camp of 2022 Held at Saxtorp

First Scandinavian YZ bLU cRU Camp of 2022 Held at Saxtorp

Over 70 YZ bLU cRU Europe Cup riders took part in an exclusive two-day camp organised by Yamaha Denmark at the famous Saxtorp MX track in Sweden on the 4th-5th of April.

After Sweden lifted Covid restrictions at the start of the year, all of the registered Scandinavian bLU cRU riders from the YZ65, YZ85, and YZ125 classes received an invite to participate in the first training camp of 2022. Over the two days, the young stars of tomorrow received expert tuition and advice from some of the biggest MX stars to come from the region, such as former MXGP rider - and bLU cRU Ambassador - Brian Jorgenson, Anton Nordström from the Rönnängsgård Racing Team, and Wozniak MX Racing Team's Magnus Smith, amongst others.

All of the riders were excited to get the chance to ride the legendary Saxtorp MX circuit, with the YZ65 youngsters getting to experience a specially designed, shortened version of the track more suited to their bikes, while the YZ85 and YZ125 riders enjoyed the challenge of taking on the full version of the MXGP circuit.

Over the two days, it wasn't just about the action on track, with technical workshops, media training, and more forming a packed schedule. The event kicked off with a special presentation to all riders and their families explaining the bLU cRU programme and highlighting the structured path it offers young talent from the national level to the world stage. They also got the chance to check out the all-new paddock blue clothing line-up for 2022, thanks to Motostar, one of the biggest MX dealers in Sweden.

In 2022, riders that have registered for the YZ bLU CRU Europe Cup will compete throughout the season in their respective national championships, with points counting towards their standing in the cup. The top 40 from each of the three classes are invited to race alongside their heroes during the MXGP of Charente Maritime, the final European round of the 2022 FIM MXGP World Championship, at the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale.

The top three finishers and two wildcards from each class at the SuperFinale will earn a place at the Yamaha bLU cRU Masterclass, an exclusive two-day event at the end of the season. At this event, the selected riders are put through their paces under the watchful eye of Yamaha's factory MXGP and MX2 riders, and at the end of the two days, one YZ125 rider will receive a fully supported ride in the EMX 125 Championship. In addition, one rider from each of the YZ65 and YZ85 categories is awarded Yamaha support and GYTR parts for their 2023 season, just like last year's YZ65 winner, 11-year-old Dane Bertram Thorius.

Despite some snow and rain on Monday, all of the riders that took part thoroughly enjoyed the event, benefitting from the advice and training given and keen to put what they learnt over the two days into practice in their respective national championships in a bid qualify for the SuperFinale.

Morten Brondbjerg

Yamaha Scandinavia – Department Manager

"It was a pleasure to see so many happy smiling faces during the first Scandinavian YZ bLU cRU Camp of the year at Saxtorp. We had a little bit of snow and rain on Monday, but even that could not dampen the enthusiasm of your young bLU cRU riders, and they took full advantage of the knowledge and expertise on offer. It was clearly a great experience to ride on this legendary track, and every one of them went away having learnt something that will help them when they go back to racing in their national championships. The bLU cRU programme gives young talent a clearly defined and supported pathway to racing at the highest level. Events like these are just one of the benefits that riders who have registered for the YZ bLU cRU Europe Cup can enjoy. Our aim is not just to give each young rider the chance to fulfil their potential. We also want to provide them with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I am confident that learning and training alongside riders like Brian Jorgenson, Anton Nordström, and Magnus Smith will be a cherished memory for them for many years to come."