The Inaugural YZ125Cup Finale is Here!
The year-long fight for the YZ125Cup in national championships across Europe has come to a close, and the 30* riders chosen for the SuperFinale at the Veltins Arena will start packing their bags for their big trip to Germany. October 8th is less than two weeks away and soon the gate will drop!
The hopeful riders will line up for a full evening of races on Saturday, October 8th to find out which six motocross stars of the future will qualify for shot at a 2017 professional contract and a new 2017 YZ125 GYTR. An additional two riders will be chosen by off-road experts from among the YZ125Cup riders at the Veltins Arena to attend the Masterclass with former MXGP World Champion David Philippaerts.
The YZ125Cup will be broadcast live via satellite on sports television channels across Europe and on the internet, so friends and family back home can tune in and watch their hometown heroes race for the podium during the SMX Riders' and Manufacturers' Cup live from Germany.
The eight finalists will meet again in Italy at the end of October and sit shoulder to shoulder with experts from Yamaha's top professional MXGP teams, where they will learn from the insiders about what it takes to get to the top of the off-road world. Lectures and demonstrations from chief mechanics, Yamaha engineers, personal trainers, medical staff and riders will pass on the valuable knowledge earned at World Championships over the years, all to prepare one top YZ125Cup rider for the 2017 EMX125 Championship in an official Yamaha team.
On-track training with Philippaerts will include tips and techniques for professional motocross, with off-track lessons in proper nutrition, physical preparation and a GYTR kit parts workshop to show how professionals and weekend warriors alike get to the top of the podium on the wide line of Yamaha off-road motorcycles.
When the dust from the YZ125Cup settles at the Veltins Arena on the big night, the action will continue with the 2016 Monster Energy SMX Race. A new format in European motocross with top Yamaha motocross stars Romain Febvre, Benoit Paturel and Brent Van Doninck on an indoor dirt track with outdoor style.
The following riders from around Europe have qualified for the 2016 YZ125Cup SuperFinale at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
(*) = to be confirmed
Belgium - Matthew Lefevere
FInland - Adam Holm, Santeri Keränen, Joonas Näppi (Wildcard)
France - Anthony Calistri, Calvin Fonvielle, Alexis Colignon*
Germany - Ben Gosepath, Theo Braun
Greece - Skordas Stylianos, Dimitrios Touratzidis*
Italy - Nicolo Folli, Lorenzo Rossi, Francesco Bassi
Netherlands - Max Schwarte, Jeroen Bussink
Norway - Råg Rindal, Eriksen Eskil
Portugal - Bruno Charrua
Spain - Gervasio Cañas, Hugo Arriazu, Ivan Lacuesta
Sweden - Tim Edberg, Arvid Luning, Rasmus Holm, Hugo Johannson
Switzerland - Jan Müller, Janik Vogel, Flavio Wolf
UK - Tom Grimshaw
I'm really excited to get to the Veltins Arena and see for myself the core of Europe's next generation of MX stars giving it everything to reach the top. It's going to be a privilege for me as an ambassador for Yamaha to then take eight of them for the next step and do my best to prepare them for a bright future off-road. I can't wait to share my years of experience in competition to set one of these guys on the road to the top of Motocross.