Following the success of the 2017 bLU cRU Masterclass, Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that 15-year-old Jörgen-Matthias Talviku has been carefully selected as the winner of the 2017 YZ125 bLU cRU Cup.
As a result, the talented young Estonian will join 15-year-old Dutchman Rick Elzinga and 15-year-old Frenchman Thibault Benistant on the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team. The trio will contest the 2018 EMX125 Championship onboard GYTR kitted YZ125 bikes.
Talviku was one of five bLU cRU Masterclass graduates who won his chance to attend the 2017 bLU cRU Masterclass after his impressive performance at the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup SuperFinale, which took place at the most prestigious motocross race of the year, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations on the weekend of October 1st. After winning the opening race of the weekend, and setting the fastest lap in the final race by more than 5-seconds, Talviku was a wild-card selection for the bLU cRU Masterclass.
The Masterclass took place on October 26th, 27th and 28th, in Latina, Rome. 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 that were in attendance, the chance to observe the promising young riders for more than just their talent and flair on a motorcycle.
After demonstrating a keen willingness to learn and showing maturity in media interviews, and exhibiting a polite and friendly attitude off-the-bike, Jörgen-Matthias has been chosen as the lucky winner of the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup where he will receive full support from the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team, Yamaha Motor Europe and the entire bLU cRU in 2018.
The YZ125 bLU cRU 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 Cup in each national championship will be invited to the 2018 SuperFinale which will take place at one of the biggest events of the MXGP season, the final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Imola, Italy on the weekend of September 30th.
2017 YZ125 bLU cRU Cup Winner
“It feels amazing. To be the winner of such a big event, it is unbelievable. This was my dream to be in this team and to have the support from Yamaha Motor Europe. Now they have given me a big opportunity to do what I love as a professional. I have no words, I just want to thank Yamaha for this amazing program and the opportunity it has given me. It is incredible. I also want to thank the bLU cRU, Alberto Barozzi, everyone at Yamaha and everyone at MJC Yamaha too.”
bLU cRU Racing Manger
“After an incredible year watching the success of last years’ YZ125 bLU cRU Cup winner, Tim Edberg, it is obvious that the bLU cRU Concept and Yamaha Motor Europe’s strategy to develop the skill and knowledge of young riders is strengthening year-by-year. The level of the riders that attended the bLU cRU Masterclass this year was excellent, which has made it interesting for us to select only one winner. It was not easy, but we feel that Jörgen-Matthias Talviku has the skills and attitude we look for, and that he will be a strong addition to the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team. I wish to thank everybody who attended the bLU cRU Masterclass for the many great moments we shared, and a big congratulations to Jörgen-Matthias, I wish him good-luck for the up-coming season and the year he will spend with the fantastic MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team.”
bLU cRU Ambassador & MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Coach/Mentor
“When we interviewed the kids one-by-one, there was one rider that stood out to me and that rider was Jörgen-Matthias Talviku. When we spoke of his future in motocross and his motivation to succeed, I got a tingling feeling on my skin, like ‘chicken-skin’. It was not the easiest choice because all of the riders were very good, but I have to admit that I was impressed with his technical ability on the bike at the bLU cRU Masterclass last weekend and also with his attitude off the bike. He is very motivated and driven, and this is important. I am really excited to work with him for the up-coming season and to watch him progress in his career.”