In part two of our EMX125 preview, we take a look at more of the young guns who could impress over the course of the season. You can read part one here in case you missed it.
Former two-time EMX150 Champion, Emil Weckman had an eventful 2017 season. The Finn started the season with the JTech Suzuki team. However, when that team decided to close their doors it left Weckman without a ride, not a good situation for him to be in.
However, the Junior Diga KTM team came to his rescue and that’s the team he will be with for the 2018 season too. Weckman clearly has talent and we saw that in the EMX150 series but things haven’t clicked for him on the 125cc just yet. He’ll be hoping for a much better 2018 season and to be a regular top ten runner.
Young Slovenian, Maks Mausser picked up an injury last year which meant he didn’t have much of a rookie season. However, for the year ahead he’s switched to Husqvarna machinery and will be working closely with Bogomir Gajser – Tim’s father!
Bogomir has done an excellent job with Tim’s development and will now take another young Slovenian under his wing. Mausser will be hoping Bogomir is the missing puzzle and he can get some good results in the EMX125 series.
Young Marchetti KTM rider Alessandro Facca is one of those riders who now has his rookie year behind him. The Italian would have learnt a lot in the series during the 2017 and should be much stronger in 2018. Facca picked up seven points during his rookie year but will hope to be a consistent runner in the top fifteen during the season that lies ahead.
Eddie Wade isn’t the only Brit contesting the EMX125 series in 2018 as Adam Collings, Kyle McNicol, Sam Nunn, Joel Rizzi, Max Ingham, Ben White, Callum Gasson and Dominic Lancett are all entered for the first round of the series. It remains to be seen if they will all contest the full series, it will most likely depend on the results. However, the two to look out for would be Sam Nunn and Joel Rizzi as they look to have good potential for the future.
There are two Danish talents to look out for during the season ahead. Magnus Smith and Rasmus Pedersen who both move up from the 85cc class. Smith ended up sixth in the 85cc World Championship last year and whilst Pedersen didn’t contest the world championship they were both a similar pace in the ADAC German Championship. Smith ended up clinching the title from Pedersen who ended up third in the German series. The EMX125 isn’t an easy championship to step up to but the goal will be too learn as much as possible.
A new team to look out for in the paddock is the F4E Racing KTM team who will concentrate on the EMX125 Championship. The riders underneath that awning are Wannes de Voorde, Kjell Verbruggen and Mario Lucas Sanz.
Silver Action KTM rider, Andrea Bonacorsi had his rookie year last season and managed to secure three championship points. However, he already looks much better this year during the International Italian Championship.
Tanel Leok has started his own team for the season ahead in the form of the A1M Motorsport team. One thing Leok likes to do is try and develop young Estonian riders if he sees the talent and right work ethic in them. Leok has spotted something in Henry Vesilind that he likes and the Estonian will be under his awning for the 2018 season.
Vesilind is a graduate from the EMX150 Championship and contested the EMX125 series last year. Unfortunately, he didn’t pick up any points but with Leok working with him and lots of riders moving up to the EMX250 series, Vesilind will be hoping to improve!
The I-Fly JK Yamaha team have inked a deal with the talented Adam Kovacs, the Hungarian rider is one topped by many who has a bright future ahead of him. Kovacs ended up ninth in the 85cc World Championship last year that took place in Estonia, it was a solid day for him.
It’s not easy to come from Hungary and set the world alight straight away, it will take time but he will learn plenty during his rookie season in the class. The goal should be to secure as many points as possible throughout the course of the season.
Two highly rated French Brothers are worth looking out for as Florian and Matheo Miot are tipped to have bright futures. They have both also switched to KTM machinery for the season ahead which should help them.
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