2018 YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup finalist Magnus Smith will make the biggest step of his racing career in 2019, stepping up to the MJC Yamaha EMX125 Team. 15yr old Smith will replace 2018 YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup winner Kevin Brumann who will remain with Yamaha for 2019, aboard his YZ125 under the guidance of Yamaha Switzerland Distributor, Hostettler. Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that Smith 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.
Smith 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 took the overall podium 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.
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.
bLU cRU Racing Manager
“I’m so proud of the talent level we experienced in this year’s YZ125 FIM Europe bLU cRU Cup, bringing incredible young riders like Magnus and Kevin to our attention. We fully respect Kevin’s decision to make his next step under the guidance of Yamaha Hostettler, we are delighted he will remain in the Yamaha family, where our Swiss Distributor support will ensure the bLU cRU philosophy stays strong! Magnus was also one of the stand out talents in the Finale so it is indeed an equal pleasure to welcome him into the MJC team for 2019, we’re confident he is going to make a big impact and prove to be a worthy bLU cRU competitor!”
“Obviously we are excited and happy to get this opportunity. We are already on a Yamaha but it’s going to be amazing to be in a good professional team and environment. This will make a big difference in Magnus’ performance at races and also for his future. It’s great to officially be in the Yamaha family, for the bLU cRU programme and also for ourselves! Magnus is very excited and looking forward to continuing the hard work that he is already doing. His first reaction was to be even more motivated towards hard work when he realised he was going to be in the team.”
Words and Pic: Yamaha