Riveting racing under threatening grey skies at the spectacular venue of Matterley Basin – Winchester, England – saw fifteen-year-old Estonian talent Jorgen-Matthias Talviku win the first race at the 2017 YZ125 bLU cRU Cup Superfinale.
33 of Europe’s fastest YZ125 riders were able to flaunt their skills on the world stage in front of an enormous and highly animated crowd at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations today. The riders, aged between 12 and 16 years-old, put on a fantastic show as they went bar-to-bar for a place in the bLU cRU Master Class – an exclusive event that will take place in Italy at the end of October.
The kids’ first race of the weekend took place after the premier classes, MXGP, MX2 and Open, had finished their practice sessions and Qualifying Races. As a result, the track was rippled with ruts, rough and rugged, which made line selection an added challenge.
After setting the third fastest time in the first practice session, young Italian Kevin Cristino took the holeshot ahead of the lightening quick Estonian, Jorgen-Matthias Talviku. Talviku ran a hot pace all day long. He was inside the top-two in both practice sessions and didn’t waste any time proving his promise by blitzing past Cristino and leading every lap of the race to win by 20 seconds over Cristino.
Chasing Talviku & Cristino was another talented Italian and a familiar face from last year’s YZ125 bLU cRU Cup, Francesco Bassi. Bassi finished eighth in the SuperFinale last year & didn’t make the cut for the Master Class. This year, he has come back bigger, stronger and faster and he made sure that was obvious as he stormed his way to fourth place in the first race of the weekend.
One rider that made it to the Master Class – after finishing fourth place in the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup SuperFinale last year – was Sweden’s Arvid Lüning. Lüning’s fabulous style and excellent throttle control was impressive today. The sixteen-year-old Swede topped the charts in the final practice before charging back from a poor start for an impressive third-place finish after squeezing out Mirko Del Bosco and Bassi on the final lap.
With the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup SuperFinale taking place at the biggest and best motocross event in the world – the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations – it offers the 33 talented youngsters an opportunity of a life-time. Upon completion of today’s racing, five riders – the top-3 and two wild-cards – are one step closer to the bLU cRU Master Class – a three-day event run by two highly acclaimed bLU cRU ambassadors, designed to inspire and educate young aspiring motocross riders by offering them exclusive knowledge, insight and training tips from some their heroes. Of the five finalists that make it to the bLU cRU Master Class, one promising rider that has proven he has the desire, talent and attitude to be something great will be selected as the 2017 YZ125 bLU cRU Cup winner. He will be rewarded with a professional contract to race a GYTR kitted YZ125 in the 2018 EMX125 Championship, and a place on the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team.