Following a successful display of speed, skill and determination, paired with a fantastic attitude off the track at the 2018 bLU cRU Masterclass, Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that 14-year-old Swiss rider Kevin Brumann is the winner of the 2018 YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup and will join Florian Miot and Luca Diserens on the MJC Yamaha EMX125 team where the trio will contest the 2019 EMX125 Championship onboard GYTR kitted YZ125 machines.
Brumann was one of five bLU cRU Masterclass graduates who won his chance to attend the 2018 bLU cRU Masterclass after a dominant performance at the YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale, which took place at the on the world stage at final motocross Grand Prix of the year in Imola, Italy on the weekend of September 30th, where he won both races in spectacular style.
The Masterclass took place on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Latina, Rome. Similar to last years Masterclass, it was an exclusive event that brought together a group of bright young Yamaha Racing talents from both on and off-road racing disciplines. The event ran to a schedule that has been mindfully designed to encourage, nurture and develop aspiring professional riders. It also offered representatives from Yamaha Motor Europe, and the already acclaimed bLU cRU Ambassadors such as Arnaud Tonus, Kiara Fontanesi, Michael van der Mark and Niccolò Canepa, the chance to observe the promising young riders for more than just their talent and flair on a motorcycle.
After exposing an impressive skillset on the bike, showing maturity in media interviews and exhibiting a polite and friendly attitude off-the-bike, Kevin Brumann has been chosen as the lucky winner of the YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup where he will receive support from the MJC Yamaha EMX125 team, Yamaha Motor Europe and the entire bLU cRU in 2019.
The YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup is an official European project designed to support young teenagers with a passion to race. Riders aged between 12 and 16 years old that race a YZ125 in one of the fifteen FIM-approved national championships may enter. The top-scoring riders registered for the YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup in each national championship will be invited to the 2019 SuperFinale which will take place at the most prestigious event of the year, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Assen, The Netherlands on the weekend of September 29th.
In addition to the YZ125 FIM Europe bLU cRU Cup and following the amazing reaction and enthusiasm for the all-new YZ65 and updated YZ85 earlier this year, the 2019 bLU cRU program has expanded and from 2019 onwards will be made up of three classes, YZ65, YZ85 and YZ125 where one rider in each class will support from Yamaha for the following year. All three classes will line up for the SuperFinale at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
2018 YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup Winner
“I am so happy to have won this cup. It is so exciting, I really want to race the EMX125 Championship and I am looking forward to that. My goal will be to finish inside the top-10.”
Kevin Brumann’s Father
“It is great to have received this news. At first it need to sink-in and then it was like my heart stopped, it was incredible. I have to thank everyone for the support from Yamaha, from the bLU cRU, the MJC team and from everyone. It was an incredible weekend in Latina at the Masterclass, it was fantastic for learning, even for me, I learned a lot watching other kids and their parents and how they are working with their children. I look forward to watching Kevin grow in his career. For me school is still very important, so I would like him to finish school and then from that moment, it would be nice if he has a career in motocross, but we will see what happens. Again, I want to say a big thanks to the bLU cRU and everyone at Yamaha.”
bLU cRU Racing Manager Yamaha Motor Europe
“Focus, determination, effort and education have been the keys to the 2018 bLU cRU Masterclass and the pure essence of the incredible atmosphere we had there at the event. A lot is also attributed to the incredible job of our bLU cRU ambassadors Arnaud, Kiara and Loic, the MJC Yamaha team principal and the support they gave all of the bLU cRU Masterclass finalists. ,In the end, it was not easy to choose only one winner, especially with such a strong group of riders. All of the five bLU cRU boys showed good skills and progression, but it was Kevin that caught the title and opportunity to take a part in the Official Yamaha team for the next EMX125 season where he will start his experience in the Europen field on the world stage and will be supported by us in order to give him the confidence to succeed in true bLU cRU spirit. I would like to compliment and thank all that were involved.”
Loïc Le Foll
MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Team Owner
“This was the third Masterclass and I have to say that the level this year was fantastic. It was a great pleasure to work with the whole group of riders and their families and I would like to thank them all for their time and presence at the Masterclass. Kevin had already impressed me at the SuperFinale which took place in Imola, Italy, with his determination and attitude. Sometimes it’s hard to see what a rider really offers on race day which is why we set-up the Masterclass to get some better insight on the riders technique, speed and focus, but also to see what the rider is like off the bike, the way he works with his family and peers. We were happy with what we saw in Kevin and I am happy that we have selected him to join my team where we will work hard together to succeed next season. I cannot wait to start working with him. “