(Photo copyright : KTM Racing)
Yamaha bLU cRU Riders out in Force at MXGP of Trentino
The Yamaha bLU cRU is well represented at the MXGP of Trentino, with 11 riders who participated in either the 2022 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale or the YZ bLU cRU Masterclass racing in EMX125 this weekend.

Winner of the YZ125 bLU cRU category and a fully supported EMX125 ride with the JK Racing Yamaha Team, Nicolai Skovbjerg (DEN), is joined this weekend in Italy by the other five YZ125 riders selected for the YZ bLU cRU Masterclass in 2022, Mathis Barthez (FRA), Nicola Salvini (ITA) Salvador Perez (ESP), Maurizio Scollo (ITA) and Adrian Bolviken (NOR).

Also racing EMX125 at the MXGP of Trentino are 2022 YZ85 bLU cRU winner, Dani Tsankov (BUL) and 2022 YZ SuperFinale protagonists Zan Oven (SLO), Vincenzo Bove (ITA), Giorgio Orlando (ITA) and Sandro Lobo (POR).

In the first EMX125 race on Saturday afternoon, won by MJC Yamaha’s Latvian star Janis Reisulis, Salvini was the highest placed bLU cRU finisher in 10th, with Perez 12th and Scollo and Barthez inside the top 20. The gate drops for the second EMX125 race of the weekend at 09.45 today.

In 2023 the Yamaha bLU cRU program celebrates its most successful year to date, with a record number of riders aged between eight and 16 years signing up to contest the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup. Racing in either the YZ65, YZ85 or YZ125 category, the riders will compete for one of 120 places on the start gate of the 2023 YZ SuperFinale, which this year will run alongside the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations in Ernée, France from 6-8 October. Registration for the 2024 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup will open the same weekend at

Alexandre Kowalski: Off-Road Racing Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe

“It’s fantastic to see so many bLU cRU riders racing in EMX125 this weekend, especially as six of them are the same six YZ125 riders that we selected to attend the YZ Masterclass in 2022. It shows the value of our bLU cRU program, in which riders can gain experience racing in events like the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale, before taking the next step and racing alongside the World Championship in EMX125. This year will see a record number of riders racing as part of the bLU cRU across Europe, so I expect to see even more of them on the EMX125 start gate in the near future. I wish all our bLU cRU riders the best of luck this weekend, as they take on a challenge that for most of them will be a completely new experience.

GYTR Kitted Yamaha Stars Bonacorsi & Reisulis Lead EMX250 & EMX125 Championships after Thrilling Performances in Trentino

The majestic Dolomite Mountains served as a stunning setting for the second rounds of the EMX125 and EMX250 Championships, which took place alongside the MXGP of Trentino in Pietramurata, Italy. In a spectacular display of prowess, MJC Yamaha Official EMX125’s Janis Reisulis steered his GYTR-kitted YZ125 to a commanding double race victory. This exceptional performance secured him the EMX125 Championship lead and a memorable round win – his first of the season. At the same time, Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Andrea Bonacorsi extended his EMX250 Championship lead with a 1-2 finish to celebrate his home Grand Prix on the second step of the podium, but with the same points as the eventual round winner.

J. Reisulis won both races on his GYTR kitted YZ125, taking his first EMX round win of the season and securing the EMX125 Championship lead. The 15-year-old Latvian’s determination and incredible riding skills were evident as he charged from fifth to first place in Race One and maintained his dominance in Race Two.

In EMX250, Bonacorsi extended his championship lead with a 1-2 finish, putting him on the second step of the podium. He demonstrated his prowess in Race One, emerging victorious in a thrilling battle with Valerio Lata. Race Two saw Lata take the upper hand, but Bonacorsi’s second-place finish earned him the same points as the overall winner, increasing his championship lead to 22-points.

The Ciclamino circuit in Pietramurata, known for its challenging layout, tested the riders’ abilities. Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Karlis Reisulis, older brother of Janis, finished two points shy of the podium. Meanwhile, teammate Ivano Van Erp showed significant progress, improving on his 10th place in Race One with an eighth in Race Two for ninth overall.

All three Hutten Metaal Yamaha riders rank within the top ten, with Bonacorsi leading the championship, Van Erp in fifth place, and K.Reisulis in eighth. Yamaha also leads the Manufacturer’s Championship in both EMX250 and EMX125 Championships.

After a strong start to their 2023 European Championship campaigns, both teams eagerly await the third round of the EMX250 and EMX125 championships, set to take place alongside the MXGP of Portugal in Agueda on April 29-30. 

Click here to view the results from the MXGP of Trentino.  

Andrea Bonacorsi

2nd EMX250 Round of Trentino, 47-points

EMX250 Championship Leader, 97-points

“I didn’t have the best feeling on the track this weekend, but still, I had a pretty good first moto. The second one today was a bit of struggle, especially in the beginning. I did find my speed and showed my real potential at the end of the race but it was too late. Still, same points as Valerio (Lata) and good points for the championship so the plan will be to bounce back in Portugal. I can’t wait. »

Janis Reisulis

EMX125 round of Trentino Winner, 50-points

EMX125 Championship Leader, 85-points 

“It feels like a dream come true. After I crossed finish line, many things were going through my mind. I knew that I am the leader in the championship and on top of that, I am celebrating a perfect weekend. It’s incredible.