Yamaha YZ bLU cRU 65cc – 85cc – 125cc Cup:
Petit celebrates superfinale victory
The 74th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Mantova, Italy, saw also the fight for the Yamaha YZ bLU cRU 65cc – 85cc – 125cc Cup.
In timed practice, Spanish sensation Victor Puig went pole just 300ths of a second faster than Frenchman Adrien Petit, who finished the session in second position. Making up the top five, Norwegian Elias Auclair rounded out the top three and was closely followed by Sweden’s Hugo Forsgren and fellow countryman Adrian Bolviken.
When the gates fell for the YZ125 Cup Superfinale, Puig rocketed out of the gate and took the holeshot ahead of a hard-charging Forsgren. As Puig controlled the race upfront, an exciting battle for second ensued after a fit, fast and flashy Petit carved his way through the pack. On lap 6, Petit set the fastest lap of the race and blitzed past Forsgren with ease.
After reeling in the leader, on lap 9, Petit was able to launch his YZ125 into the lead. Puig tried to respond but was unlucky in lapped traffic.
At the checkered flag, it was Petit who won by 3.4 seconds over Puig. Finishing 34-seconds further adrift, Forsgren remained unchallenged in third, while Elias Auclair won a race-long fight for fourth after edging Italian Maurizio Scollo, who finished fifth.
Following the results of the YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cups, the top three finishers, Petit, Puig and Forsgren, have earned an invite to the bLU cRU Masterclass that will take place in November in Spain. Joining them will be two wild cards that will be carefully selected later this week.
The Masterclass is an event specifically designed to give young riders from road and off-road backgrounds a taste of what the racing world can throw at them as well as being a place to receive expert tuition and advice from Yamaha Racing’s bLU cRU ambassadors. At the end of the event, which takes place over three days, one YZ125 rider will win a place on a Yamaha backed EMX125 team where they will receive support to contest the EMX125 Championship in 2022, while the YZ65 and YZ85 riders will win added support from Yamaha Motor Europe for the next season.
Mr Martin de Graaff, FIM Europe President
“On the occasion of the MX of Nations in Mantova the Superfinale of the Yamaha YZ bLU cRU 65cc – 85cc – 125cc Cup took place. In two classes the selected riders from many European countries could fight for the FIM Europe Cups. It was impressive to see all the 103 Yamaha motocross bikes lined up per country in a very large tent in the paddock. Both boys and girls were proud to take part in this event”.