Courtesy of Informt Moto Racing
MONACO (Principality of Monaco) 3rd July 2020 – Due to the existing COVID-19 pandemic, Yamaha Motor Europe, Infront Moto Racing and FIM Europe have agreed to postpone the 2020 YZ 125, 85 and 65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cups which were scheduled to take place at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Ernée, France on the weekend of September 27th to a later date, which is likely to be in October. The exact date and location of the event will be announced when more information is available.
With European nations adopting different approaches to lifting COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Yamaha Motor Europe wishes to permit more time for the entered bLU cRU riders to restart racing at national level, which will ensure a fair selection. The decision to postpone the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup Superfinale also allows the hosting parties Yamaha Motor Europe, Infront Moto Racing and FIM Europe, to monitor the re-opening of borders to ensure that all riders that are selected for 2020 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup are authorized to travel and race safely.
A record 286 young riders are signed up to the 2020 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup across the YZ65, YZ85 and YZ125 classes. This year, the number of national championships bLU cRU riders will participate increased from 17 to 21 as Yamaha continues to expand its pool of talent across the continent.
2020 will mark the fourth edition of the highly popular YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup and the second edition of the YZ85 and YZ65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cups which were introduced at the start of 2019.
As was the case in 2019, the top three finishers of each SuperFinale race, as well as two wildcard riders, will automatically be invited to the bLU cRU Masterclass at the end of the year. The winner of the 125, 85 and 65 categories in the Masterclass will have the fantastic opportunity to earn support from Yamaha Motor Europe next year, following in the footsteps of last year’s winners: Latvian Mairis Pumpurs, who won the YZ125 class and now races for the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Team, as well as our 85cc and 65cc winners Dex Kooiker from The Netherlands and Freddie Bartlett from Sweden, who now have added support from Yamaha Motor Europe.
At the bLU cRU Masterclass, both road and off-road riders will receive expert tuition from bLU cRU ambassadors, with guidance from official riders. After three days of training, one YZ125 rider will join Yamaha’s Official EMX125 Team in 2021, contesting the full EMX125 championship, with the winners of the 65 and 85 classes earning valuable support from Yamaha.
Yamaha Motor Europe will continue to monitor the developing COVID-19 situation and our priority is always to ensure our riders, fans and their families are safe. The new date and location of the 2020 YZ bLU cRU Cup Superfinale’s will be announced upon confirmation. Be sure to check www.Yamaha-Racing.com and Yamaha Racing’s Social Media channels Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all of our latest news and updates.
David Luongo – Infront Moto Racing CEO: “This difficult decision has been taken to give the fairest possibilities to all the riders registered into the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup to be qualified for the Superfinale. I would like to thank Yamaha for their collaboration in such a challenging moment and on this specific project and assure all of the participants that the Superfinale will take place in the best condition possible during one of the last MXGP Grand Prix of the season.”
Alberto Barozzi – bLU cRU Racing Manager: “It has been a hard decision for the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup not to be a part of the fantastic Monster Energy FIM MXoN in September, but our priority is to respect the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup rules, and to follow the correct process in order to be fair with the rider selection. With the COVID-19 spread starting to slow and restrictions throughout Europe are starting ease, the National Championships have been granted permission to restart and are expected to run from July through October. This means the registered riders are now able to race for a place at the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup Superfinale. On behalf of Yamaha Motor Europe, I would like to thank Infront Moto Racing and FIM Europe for their commitment to the Superfinale and the work they have done to make it possible for the event to take place this season. I would also like to wish all of the registered riders the best of luck for their upcoming seasons, and I hope we continue to see a positive trend with the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions so that we can soon return to normal and truly enjoy every minute spent on the season of our YZ’s!”