JK Yamaha Racing introduce 2023 rider line up
After a very successful 2022, with the crown of WMX Vice World Champion and various national titles, Team JK Racing welcomes some new faces in 2023; a lineup composed of very young talents.
Starting with the young Swiss talent Kevin Brumann, who will take part in the entire MXGP World Championship as well as the Italian Prestige MX1 Championship riding the brand new yz450f; despite his young age Kevin will be ready to take a major leap into the premier class with the goal of gaining experience and improving race by race.
He will also be joined by another new entry, the winner of the Masterclass YZ125 bLU cRU 2022, Nicolai Skovbjerg, a promising young Danish rider who will be fielded in the EMX125 European Championship in 2023 riding a GYTR kitted YZ125.
Accompanying the Dane Skovbjerg in the European 125 Championship will be the reconfirmed Nicola Salvini, who after being grounded by injury in 2022 is ready to redeem himself. Salvini will also take part in the Italian 125 Junior Championship and the Rookies Cup.
The other confirmation is definitely that of Manuel Iacopi, by now a veteran of JK Racing is ready to face his eighth season with Riccardo Boschi’s team; Manuel will take part in the Italian Prestige MX2 Championship riding a YZ250F.
The team is waiting for Charli Cannon to join the group for Round 1 of the WMX World Championship which takes place in Riola Sardo.
The riders will debut in the two Internazionali d’Italia races in Ponte a Egola and Pietramurata, before heading to Patagonia-Argentina and the fantastic track near Villa La Angostura on March 12 with Kevin Brumann.
“Together with the team and my coach Joel Roelants we had a good winter preparation.
It was the first one without injuries for me this has always limited me in past seasons.
I am looking forward to start racing and gaining experience with the best riders in the world in the MXGP class. The goal will definitely be to hit the points zone all GPs and try to improve my performance throughout the season.”
“I am very happy to be part of the JK Racing team for 2023. We have done a good job with the team and Brian Jorgensen this winter with many hours on the bike and I have gained a good feeling. I am looking forward to this season. The goal will be to hit the Top10 in the European 125 Championship and reconfirm myself in the Danish championship.”
“Last year my season was interrupted immediately by a knee injury that kept me out of racing for 5 months while still managing to win the Yamaha bLU cRU 2022 championship race in France on my return. This year in the winter preparation with my team, JK Racing, we were able to test the new bikes and came up with a good result. I am feeling very good with the new bike and I am in good shape. I expect a season full of results and will always aim to get the best possible placing.”
“With this weekend the 2023 season starts. This winter we worked a lot and made many developments on the bike. We finished the 2022 season in the best way as far as the Italian Championship is concerned, I will try to do my best also this season trying to get good placings in the Italian Championship and the other competitions I will take part in. Thanks go to the whole JK Racing team and Yamaha Motor Italy who continue to believe in me. I thank again Malandrone Motocross Park for the help they are giving me.“
Words: Press Release
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