Strong line-up for 2021 Italian International motocross series
Like in the previous years the EICMA SERIES will start from Sardinia, unfortunately this time the spectators will be no allowed to come and see the event live, due to the Covid19 pandemic and for this reason a Live Streaming of each Round will be available on Facebook for € 5.49.
The prestigious Italian series, was postponed by a month because of the changes of the MXGP calendar that is still in progress and will focus on the island for the first two rounds, in order to facilitate the preparation of Teams and Riders of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The first round will start on February 28th from Riola (OR) in the now tested and “feared” sandy hell of the Crossdromo Municipale “Le Dune”, then riders and teams will move to Alghero (SS), the capital of the Riviera del Corallo, where on March the 7th the riders will return to challenge each other on the technicals ups and downs of the “Lazzaretto” track.
The grand finale will be held again at the “Città di Mantova”, on March the 14th, on the well know sandy track.
Regarding the participations, many official Riders and Factory teams are registered and some will making at the Internazionali d’Italia their absolute debut.
Among those who are lined up at the starting gate of this edition of the Internazionali d’Italia MX, Jorge Prado, will be surely one of the stars of the class, riding the KTM 450SX-F of the KTM Red Bull Factory Racing Team. Romain Febvre, who jumped on the Kawasaki a year ago, with whom he seems to be perfectly at ease, will certainly be among the Spaniard’s toughest opponents. His teammate Ivo Monticelli, who will make his debut in Sardinia on the factory KX450 F, after getting off the factory GasGas, as well as Glen Coldenhoff, who moved on the Factory Yamaha managed by the official Yamaha Monster Energy MXGP team. Instead, it will be necessary to wait for the Alghero race to see the complete Dutch team at work, with 2020 vice world champion Jeremy Seewer who will compete alongside with Ben Watson, making his debut on the 450.
Also the official Husqvarna FC 450 F managed by the Ice One team will be in the spotlight, with Arminas Jasikonis as spectator, not yet ready to come back to racing after the horrible crash of last year and Thomas Kjer Olsen who will make his debut in Riola on the 450. Great curiosity also for Jeremy Van Horebeek riding the brand new Beta 450 managed by the Italian team SDM Corse, like his teammate Jimmy Clochet, while Alvin Ostlund will make his debut in MX1 on the Yamaha.
Among the Italians we will find Alessandro Lupino who will make his debut on Team Marchetti’s KTM 450 SX-F and Samuele Bernardini on his brand new Honda, while Tony Cairoli’s debut is still uncertain after the knee surgery. Michele Cervellin and Henry Jacoby, riding the Honda CRF 450 R of the Jacky Martens team in 2021, are still waiting to com back racing.
In the 250 class, eyes on Mattia Guadagnini who, riding the KTM 250SX-F managed by Claudio De Carli’s official KTM RedBull team, will be racing for the first time on the KTM 250 SX-F. For the Italian the challenge is against the Yamaha YZF 250 factory of the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team of Jago Geerts and Maxime Renaux and the reigning EMX250 Champion Thibault Benistant. There is also a large group of GasGas riders, led by Alberto Forato at the debut on the GasGas MC 250 F, managed by the SM Action Yuasa Battery Racing Team, lined up alongside the Norwegian Kevin Horgmo and the young Sicilian Andrea Adamo.
Among the rookies on the 250 four-stroke, the young Swede Max Palsson, riding the KTM 250SX-F of the KTM Beddini Racing Team, will race for the first time in the MX2 class, while Jan Pancar with the KTM Racestore team continues his adventure on the 250. Also the Fantic 250 XX two-stroke of the Maddii team with Nicholas Lapucci and Maximilian Spies will be on track, while the Honda of the 114 Motorsport team with the new rider Ruben Fernandez and the young French Axel Louis. The F&H Kawasaki Racing Team will partecipate only in Mantova, when they will field Mikkel Haarup, Roan Van De Moosdijk and Mathys Boisrame.
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