International Italian championship ready to kick off the motocross season!
As tradition, the first race of the year belongs to the American Supercross, whose season has already started last January 4 in California, with Anaheim1. In Europe, the first time that the gates drops for the Motocross riders has been for years an affair of the Internazionali d’Italia and it will still be like that with the first race of the year hosted in Sardinia on the Riola Sardo track, on January 26. The series, still titled EICMA, is made up of three consecutive races, and after the first on the western shore of the island, will land on the continent for the second and third rounds, both in Lombardia: on February 2 in Ottobiano (PV) and on 9 February in Mantova.
The three rounds, will precede the start of the MXGP by a few weeks, are now considered useful, if not necessary, to face the entire Grand Prix season well prepared. The start is devastating, the Riola sand after a few laps takes hellish shapes, resulting from the dissimilar action of braking and acceleration of the bikes.
The result is a succession of naturally irregular whoops, waves and very deep roots scattered in different points, where to go fast you have to be really good at not sinking, indeed, you need to know how to “surf” like almost only Tony Cairoli ( Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) has been able to do in recent years.
This is also explained by the crowd of Japanese technicians following the HRC Team of Giacomo Gariboldi, intent on stressing the “new” Honda Factory bikes of Tim Gajser and Mitchell Evans, in those truly unique and extreme conditions and the MX2 bikes of the 114 Motorsports Team of the debutantes Australians, Bailey Malkiewicz and Nathan Crawford, managed by Livia Lancelot, who will make their race debut on the Sardinian sand.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team will field Gautier Paulin and Jeremy Seewer riding the powerful 450F, supervised directly by Rinaldi’s technicians on behalf of Yamaha. Also the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team will debut in Sardinia, with Clement Desalle (who has never raced in Sardinia) and with the ever-present Romain Febvre, who however will debut on the green machine changing the number for the first time since he ride in the world series, going from 461 to 3 (the same as Tomac). And, of course, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing that runs with Arminias Jasikonis and Paul Jonass will not miss the challenge.