Official: Yamaha Racing announce EMX125 & EMX250 2024 teams and riders


Yamaha Motor Europe is delighted to announce that VRT will spearhead its official EMX250 team operations through to 2025, underlining its commitment to developing emerging talent. In addition, Yamaha is pleased to confirm a contract extension with the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team for an additional year.

In 2023, Yamaha achieved tremendous success in the European Motocross Championship, securing both the EMX250 and EMX125 titles thanks to the exceptional skills of riders Andrea Bonacorsi and Janis Reisulis, respectively. The brand also ended the season at the top of the Manufacturer’s Championship standings in both classes, showcasing the competitiveness of its GYTR kitted YZ250F and YZ125 motocross bikes.

In 2024, Yamaha Motor Europe will again support two strong European Championship teams, each featuring three talented young riders.

In the EMX250 ranks, Yamaha has retained Karlis Reisulis and Ivano Van Erp in their Official EMX250 team, now titled VRT Yamaha Official EMX250, and is poised to welcome the reigning EMX125champion, J.Reisulis, as the 15-year-old talent takes another step up the Yamaha Racing pyramid.

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Additionally, Yamaha and the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team are pleased to introduce a refreshed line-up for the EMX125 Championship. The team is excited to welcome the current FIM Junior Motocross 85cc World Champion Dani Heitink, as well as the Junior 85cc World Championship runner-up Jarne Bervoets. Adding further momentum to its EMX125 racing efforts, the team will be completed by promising French talent Mano Faure.

Both the VRT Yamaha Official EMX250, led by Mikaël Vrigon and managed by Pierre Alexandre Renet, and the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team, owned by Loic Le Foll and managed by Nicolas Nogé, are diligently working to provide the best support, equipment, and guidance for their young riders to reach their potential in 2024.

Thorsten Lentink
Yamaha Motor Europe MX Racing Coordinator
“We are happy to present a strong line-up of riders and teams for the upcoming year, which aligns perfectly with our ‘step-up’ structure strategy. The MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team has been an integral part of our EMX racing efforts for the past seven years, and we couldn’t be happier with their outstanding efforts in 2023. We are also excited to welcome VRT into the Yamaha family and look forward to working together.
In the EMX250 category, we have two experienced riders, Ivano van Erp and Karlis Reisulis, who have shown great potential throughout the 2023 season. We are confident that they will continue to make progress and take the next steps in their careers. As for Janis Reisulis, the newly crowned EMX125 champion, it will be crucial for him to have a strong learning season and gain valuable experience on our brand-new YZ250F.
In the EMX125 category, we have a young and talented line-up with huge potential. Both Jarne Bervoets and Dani Heitink will be participating in the EMX125 category for the first time, transitioning from the 85cc class. We are excited to see their growth and development as they take to the GYTR kitted YZ125. Additionally, young Frenchman Mano Faure, has a bit more experience in the EMX125 class, but has shown potential and is an exciting addition to the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team. Our goal for all riders is to take each race as it comes and focus on continuous improvement throughout the season.”

Words: Press Release