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2024 MX2 World Championship Preview: Contemporary blood!

2024 MX2 World Championship Preview: Fresh blood!

There are many riders transferring up from the EMX lessons to tackle their first MX2 World Championship season in 2024 so we check out the brand new blood forward of the opening spherical this weekend in Argentina.

One child that basically burst on the scene final yr was Marc-Antoine Rossi who didn’t present his true potential within the EMX125 class however he took the EMX250 collection by storm final yr after being picked up by the VRT crew. He was sitting third within the championship standings early within the season however an harm price him and meant he needed to miss three rounds of the collection. He ended his season on a excessive successful the ultimate spherical at Matterley Basin.

Picture: Juan Pablo Acevedo

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Rossi additionally raced a few MX2 wildcards final yr and positively didn’t look intimated using with one of the best on the planet. At his house GP he was in high-quality type posting the second quickest time in timed qualifying earlier than ending 6-8. The French expertise has a spectacular fashion and loves a scrub so is actually enjoyable to observe. The de Carli manufacturing facility GasGas crew have signed up the thrilling expertise and with Simon Längenfelder and Jorge Prado subsequent to him, it’s the right crew mates for him to be taught from. Don’t be shocked to see Rossi win a Grand Prix this yr, he’s tremendous good.

Coming into the 2024 season there was loads of curiosity in younger Italian, Ferruccio Zanchi after he completed fourth within the EMX250 collection final yr. Fantic, F&H Racing and Gabriel SS24 KTM are the groups rumoured to have tried to signal Zanchi however in the long run HRC Honda have snapped him up for his rookie MX2 World Championship season.

Picture: Shot by Bavo

It’s incredible to see HRC Honda run a full manufacturing facility MX2 GP rider once more and with Zanchi they’ve a really promising rider for the longer term. Working with former French world champion, Jacky Vimond can also be an excellent transfer and once more we shouldn’t be that stunned if Zanchi will get no less than a podium this yr. The child has actually potential for the longer term.

The EMX250 champion, Andrea Bonacorsi lastly makes the transfer as much as the MX2 World Championship this yr and with the construction change at Yamaha, he will get to remain on the Hutten Metaal Yamaha crew who’ve turn into full manufacturing facility. The Italian could be very conversant in the crew which ought to assist him put together for his rookie MX2 World Championship season.

Picture: Yamaha Racing

The Italian acquired his first expertise racing the MXoN on the finish of the yr and he actually impressed on the 450cc. The one drawback that Bonacorsi could have in MX2 is that begins may very well be a problem and everyone knows how essential they’re. There is no such thing as a doubting his expertise having received EMX125 and EMX250 titles and he ought to have a really optimistic profession however maybe if he can’t grasp begins, we could not see one of the best of him till he strikes as much as MXGP. However he can undoubtedly get on the rostrum this yr, he has the expertise, work ethnic and the pace.

A few years in the past, Quentin Prugnieres was trying like an important prospect for the longer term however the 2023 season in all probability didn’t go as he’d have appreciated. Under no circumstances it actually wasn’t a catastrophe as he nonetheless completed sixth within the EMX250 championship and confirmed flashes of what he might do and an harm didn’t assist both. Regardless of that he has nonetheless secured an MX2 GP journey with F&H Racing which is able to see him stay with Kawasaki equipment.

There’s little question that Prugnieres has loads of expertise and has an important fashion, he’s beautiful to observe however heading into his rookie MX2 GP season it’s arduous to foretell how he’ll carry out in a deep MX2 GP area stuffed with expertise. Working with Marc de Reuver must be a giant assist as he does an important job working with youthful expertise and he’ll be hoping to take Prugnieres to the subsequent stage.

It was solely a few years in the past that Hakon Osterhagen was trying like the subsequent huge factor. Nevertheless, since transferring as much as the EMX250 class, he hasn’t been in a position to present his true potential. It needs to be stated, that it has principally been because of accidents however in 2024 it’ll be essential for him to stay harm free and final the season as that’ll assist him construct after many accidents.

Picture: Scott Dunne

The JM Honda crew determined to enroll Osterhagen for 2024 which tells you every little thing it’s essential know as a result of Jacky Martens actually has a watch for expertise and has helped develop many vivid younger skills through the years. Osterhagen might be hoping for a similar destiny as many beneath the JM awning and at Hawkstone Worldwide he was spectacular on his debut along with his new crew. Control the Norwegian.

There was a little bit of doubt in regards to the SB KTM groups future within the paddock however they determined to stay round however make the change from EMX250 to the MX2 World Championship. They’ve one rider beneath the awning within the type of Jens Walvoort. It’s a large alternative for Walvoort to race with the worlds greatest in MX2 and he’ll be trying to payback the groups belief.

He has began to work with Marc de Reuver in order that may very well be an excellent match however MX2 could be very, very quick. If he can rating factors early within the season and work in the direction of the highest fifteen/ten it could be good progress.

He’s solely ever raced chosen MX2 World Championship occasions right here or there however what a chance Bobby Bruce has this yr. Steve Dixon has signed Bruce up for the DRT Kawasaki crew which is big for the younger Brit.

It’ll be Bruce’s first full season within the MX2 World Championship and he’ll lastly get to expertise the oversea GP’s which might be a really good expertise for him. The younger Brit has suffered from accidents since making the transfer as much as the 250cc so the target this yr might be to remain match and progress. He’ll even be a contender for the British Championship title within the UK.

One other Brit within the type of Ethan Lane who has expertise racing AMA Nationals has determined to take the step to race the MX2 World Championship this yr after signing with Spanish crew, Jezyk KTM. It’s going to be a giant studying curve however one that ought to actually assist him progress as a rider.

Making the massive leap up from the EMX125 class to the MX2 World Championship is younger Czech rider, Julius Mikula. He makes the transfer from the MJC Yamaha crew to the Osicka KTM crew who’ve determined to step up and race the MX2 GP’s this yr albeit solely the rounds in Europe nevertheless it it an enormous alternative for Mikula to get his ft moist at world championship stage.

Over the subsequent couple of days we may have one other couple of MX2 previews so hold your eyes peeled because the countdown to Argentina is properly and really on.

Article: Andy McKinstry



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