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EMX125 & EMX250: Who impressed in Switzerland?

EMX125 & EMX250: Who impressed in Switzerland?
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The new man made track at Switzerland hosted the last round of the EMX125 and EMX250 championships. It was great seeing such a big crowd turn up to the race. Youthstream are reporting that nearly 21,000 attended on race day, that is great for the sport! We will take a look at the riders that impressed over the course of the weekend in the European classes.


Domination – that’s the word you can use to describe Jago Geerts weekend in Switzerland. This is his last ever race in the EMX125 class as he moves up to the EMX250 class for 2017. He didn’t disappoint in Switzerland as he went 1-1 and no one really got close to him. Before he focuses on the 250 he has the Junior World Championship this weekend. Honestly, I would be very surprised if he doesn’t win it to go along with his EMX125 title in 2016.

BUD Kawasaki rider, Kim Savaste didn’t have the best of starts to the season but he has found speed! He got a podium in Lommel and he was able to do the same in Switzerland ending up second overall. It was a frustrating start to the season for Kim but it’s nice to see him ride like he can and end the season on a high. Like Jago, this was Kim’s last ever EMX125 race as he will move up to the EMX250 class in 2017. It will be interesting to see how he performs on the bigger bike but he has been riding a 250 KTM in Finland this year when he has had a free weekend and seems to enjoy having more power.

One rider that really stepped up at the last round was TM’s, Sander Agard-Michelsen. Where did he find that speed from? A really good start helped him in the first moto but he was able to stay at the front and crossed the line in second, by far his best moto of the year. The start wasn’t as good in the second moto but he still ended up a solid seventh. A third overall for the Norwegian rider, he finished the season off in style!

I was really impressed with Swedish rider, Isak Gifting this weekend. He got a terrible start in the first moto buried down the order in twentieth but he worked his way through the deep EMX125 field to end up in eleventh. In the second moto, he got a slightly better start in thirteenth but worked his way up to a good eighth position. Isak is a good rider but missed a few rounds due to injury which is a shame but he showed in Switzerland he has the speed. Isak will contest the full series in 2017, he will be one to look out for as he could surprise.


Just like Geerts in the EMX125 class, Darian Sanayei had a dominate weekend in the EMX250 class. No one got close to him and he looked great on his BUD Kawasaki. This is Darian’s first full year in Europe and he has learnt a lot, riding the tough tracks will make him a better rider. The American has got some racing left this year as he is expected to race the last two rounds of the MX2 World Championship in USA. This will help him prepare for his first full year in the class in 2017, it will be cool to see another American in the class and to see how he can perform..

It has not been a good year for Josiah Natzke but he saved his best until the last round. That is the Josiah Natzke we know! Coming into this year I expected a lot from him but he hasn’t lived up to his potential until this weekend. He finished second overall and was much improved. It remains to be seen if the Junior Red Bull KTM team will keep him for the 2017 season but with that result there is hope!

I have been impressed with Ruben Fernandez speed at the last few rounds on his F&H Kawasaki. The rookie is getting used to life on the 250 machine and it looks to have clicked for him at the last few rounds. Fifth overall at the last round is a very good result. With another winter behind him on the 250 he could surprise in the 2017 season and be one of the front runners!

A shout out to Filip Neugebauer who has been competing the odd round of the EMX250 championship on his Pfeil Kawasaki. He was strong all weekend and ended up fourth overall which is a very good result. It’s a shame he didn’t contest the full series as he could have been in with a shout of a top five finish.

So, that’s the EMX125 and EMX250 championships over for another year! I would just like to say a big thank you to anyone who has been reading these articles after every round. These kids are the future of our sport and I really enjoy giving them the coverage that they deserve.

Until the 2017 season…

Andy McKinstry

Pic: Nigel McKinstry

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