Daniele Marchese: ‘The goal is to win the EMX125 title’
Fantic finally confirmed their Motocross plans this weekend at the EICMA event in Milan and 2024 will be all new for the manufacture in 2024. After Maddii Racing made the switch to Ducati, there will be three new teams running Fantic machinery in 2024.
One of the teams, SDM Corse Racing who ran Husqavrna in 2023 focusing on MXGP but in 2024 they will be the official Fantic EMX125 team. A change in direction for the team but nevertheless they will go into 2024 will the same optimism and have a strong rider line up for the EMX125 series.
Simone Mancini, Noel Zanocz and Douwe Van Mechgelen will be under the awning in what is a young and strong rider line up.
We caught up with team owner, Daniele Marchese to discuss the move.
“We are really proud to have received Fantic’s trust in the project that serves to create future Fantic champions”, Marchese told GateDrop.com.
Being an official team isn’t a new thing for Marchese and the SDM Corse Racing team as they’ve previously ran the official Yamaha EMX250 team as well as the Factory Beta effort in MXGP.
“Our team grew as an official team first with Yamaha EMX250 and then with Beta in MXGP. Returning to work with young riders as an official team gives us a lot of energy. With the three riders we have, two are very strong as Mancini and Zanócz have already demonstrated that they can fight for the podium in the EMX125 class. The very young Van Mechgelen who has grown a lot during his rookie season”.
Asked about his goals for the 2024 season, there was no hesitation – the goal for SDM Corse Racing and Fantic is to win the EMX125 title and help create the future for Fantic in MXGP.
“The focus for 2024 is to fight for the EMX125 title”, concluded Marchese.
Article: Andy McKinstry
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