European Motocross

A fan’s guide to this weekend’s Internazionali d’Italia in Riola Sardo

Tim Gajser - Internazionali d’Italia

Tim Gajser - Internazionali d’Italia

International motocross makes a welcome return this Sunday, February 28 with the opening round of the Internazionali d’Italia MX at Riola Sardo on the island of Sardinia.

Related: Guide to 2021 Alghero – Internazionali d’Italia – how to watch, riders and more

Related: Riola Sardo Results 2021 – Internazionali d’Italia MX

The prestigious Italian series — postponed by a month because of the revised 2021 MXGP calendar — is still on, and will focus on the island for the first two rounds. This should aid the preparation of FIM Motocross World Championship teams and riders.

Internazionali d’Italia – three rounds in three weeks

The Italian international championship is the perfect opportunity for riders and teams to benchmark their pre-season progress as they get ready for the tough MXGP season ahead.

The first round will start on February 28 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 7 the riders will return to challenge each other on the technical ups and downs of the “Lazzaretto” track.

The grand finale will be held on the well known sandy track of Città di Mantova, on March 14.

MX1

Although we’ll miss a fair few heavy hitters this weekend, the rider line-up is still very strong — certainly enough to wish Sunday would hurry up, already!

There are many official riders and factory teams registered with the series, and some will use the Internazionali d’Italia as their debut. You can see the list of pre-entries at the foot of this page, but don’t expect them all to rock up — every international will have no-shows.

Let’s take a look at some of the key players…

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 450 SX-F of the KTM Red Bull Factory Racing Team. The Spaniard, who has only just turned 20, is already a two-time world champion and was starting to look very useful on the 450 before getting injured last year.

He’s my tip for this weekend, which has just cursed him — sorry about that Jorge.

Romain Febvre, who jumped on the Kawasaki a year ago, with whom he seems to be perfectly at ease, will certainly be among the Prado’s toughest opponents.

His team-mate Ivo Monticelli will make his debut in Sardinia on the factory KX450. And Glenn Coldenhoff is another who will make his team debut after moving to the Monster Energy Yamaha MXGP team.

We will need to wait until the Alghero race to see the complete Dutch team at work, with 2020 vice world champion Jeremy Seewer who will compete alongside Ben Watson, making his highly anticipated debut on the 450.

Another pairing in the spotlight for the series is the official Husqvarna factory outfit managed by the IceOne team. Although racing for Arminas Jasikonis is not yet on the cards, after the horrible crash of last year — he’s not yet sure when he’ll return to action — it’s reported that he’ll be there with the team. As too will his team-mate Thomas Kjer Olsen who makes the step up to the big boys class, and we can expect to see the Dane make his 450 debut at Riola.

Jeremy Van Horebeek will be on his brand new Beta 450 managed by the Italian team SDM Corse, as too his team-mate Jimmy Clochet, while Alvin Ostlund will make his debut in MX1 on the Yamaha.

Among the Italians, Alessandro Lupino will make his debut on Team Marchetti’s KTM 450 SX-F and Samuele Bernardini on his brand new Honda.

Michele Cervellin and Henry Jacobi, riding the Honda CRF450R of the Jacky Martens team in 2021, are still waiting to come back racing.

What about Tony Cairoli and Tim Gajser? Cairoli’s debut is still uncertain after knee surgery and reigning champion, Gajser has confirmed he will not race the series — choosing to focus on further training and testing with the team after MXGP delayed the start of the season.

MX2

In the 250 class, all eyes will be on Mattia Guadagnini who, riding the KTM 250 SX-F managed by Claudio De Carli’s official KTM Red Bull team, will be racing for the first time on the factory KTM in MX2.

For the Italian, the challenge is against the Yamaha YZ250F factory machine of Jago Geerts and Maxime Renaux and the reigning EMX250 Champion Thibault Benistant.

There’s also a large group of GASGAS riders, led by Alberto Forato, debuting on the MC 250F and managed by the SM Action Yuasa Battery Racing Team. He’ll line 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, the young French Axel Louis and British MX2 hope, Joel Rizzi.

The F&H Kawasaki Racing Team will participate only in Mantova, when they will field Mikkel Haarup, Roan Van De Moosdijk and Mathys Boisrame. Tim Edberg will be on track with his Yamaha, as too Pietro Razzini who will debut on the Yamaha managed by Ghidinelli.

125

The 125cc name list is full as always with many riders registered and many EMX125 top riders will be lined up at the starting gate of the first race of the year.

Ivano Van Erp will be at the starting gate with his Yamaha 125 factory managed by Yamaha Europe MJC. Valerio Lata, team-mate of Alessandro Lupino in the KTM Marchetti Racing team are all set for the series.

The official Fantic bikes are signed up with Hakon Osterhagen and Matteo Luigi Russi, as well as many other Italians, like Ferruccio Zanchi, Edoardo Volpicelli, Samuele Pulvirenti, Fabio Massimo Palombini, Andrea Rossi, Daniel Gimm and many others — all ready to crowd the Riola Sardo starting grid.

Fans

Sadly, due to the current public health situation, there will be no fans in attendance to watch some of the world’s best motocross pilots bang bars around the sandy circuit.

How to watch

Thankfully, organisers have found a way to make the EICMA series happen, which includes access to live streaming of each of the three rounds, which can be purchased for only €5.49/£4.99. Live streaming starts Sunday, February 28 at 12:15 UTC.

In previous years, live streaming was available free of charge, but unless your Italian language skills were up to a high standard, you had to tune out the live blow-by-blow account and just enjoy the on-track action. Although the live stream is no longer free, you do get a choice of either Italian or English commentary this year. That’s super cool and I know which option I’ll be going with!

And seriously, you should consider dropping a small amount of readies on this too. It’s tough times for everyone right now and motocross is certainly not immune from financial strains. If you can, give it a helping hand.

Click here for the ENGLISH version.

Riola Sardo Timetable

All times UTC:
– 12:20 MX2
– 13:15 MX1
– 14.05 125 (2nd moto)
– 14.50 SUPERCAPIONE (BEST MX1 AND MX2)

Pre-Entry Lists

Riola Sardo 125 rider entries – International Italian MX 2021

No.RiderClassBrandBike
3LATA VALERIO125KTM125 2T
6DI CRESCENZO GIORGIO125KTM125 2T
7ZANCHI FERRUCCIO125YAMAHA125 2T
8VIANO ANDREA125HUSQVARNA125 2T
21MARIANI NATHAN125KTM125 2T
25SADOVSCHI ALESSANDRO125KTM125 2T
37CHANTON LEVI125KTM125 2T
66RAMPOLDI JACOPO125KTM125 2T
70KEES VALENTIN125KTM125 2T
71BENNATI MORGAN125HUSQVARNA125 2T
73TAGLIOLI LORENZO125KTM125 2T
75DE SANCTIS MATTEO125HUSQVARNA125 2T
79SALVINI NICOLA125HUSQVARNA125 2T
88RUSSI MATTEO LUIGI125FANTIC MOTOR125 2T
94DE RISI EMILIANO125HUSQVARNA125 2T
100VAN DEN BOSSE DANNY125KTM125 2T
123PEKLAJ JAKA125HUSQVARNA125 2T
129MAGGIORA NICCOLO`125HUSQVARNA125 2T
146BRANDINI DAVIDE125KTM125 2T
179RAUSOV ARTEMY125KTM125 2T
184KOWALSKI JAKUB125HUSQVARNA125 2T
191DELLA VALLE DAVIDE125KTM125 2T
199BATTISTONI GIORDANO125KTM125 2T
204VOLPICELLI EDOARDO125KTM125 2T
212PULVIRENTI ALFIO SAMUELE125KTM125 2T
225SBARAGLIA VALERIO125YAMAHA125 2T
235MESSINA ANDREA ENZO125KTM125 2T
237BARBIERI GABRIELE125KTM125 2T
304MAZZANTINI TIBERIO125KTM125 2T
312OSTERHAGEN HAKON125FANTIC125 2T
321CRISTOFORI NICOLA125HUSQVARNA125 2T
329SCOLLO MAURIZIO125YAMAHA125 2T
330GIMM DANIEL125YAMAHA125 2T
336AGLIETTI LORENZO125HUSQVARNA125 2T
337BRIZIO HOLIVER125KTM125 2T
399LADINI ALBERTO125GASGAS125 2T
420ROSSI ANDREA125KTM125 2T
426FERRIGATO LORENZO125HUSQVARNA125 2T
428OBENLAND HENRY125KTM125 2T
432VAN ERP IVANO125YAMAHA125 2T
440BRILLI ANDREA125KTM125 2T
480HINDERSON KASIMIR125GASGAS125 2T
609PALOMBINI FABIO MASSIMO125KTM125 2T
666OLDANI RICCARDO125HUSQVARNA125 2T
669RUFFINI LUCA125KTM125 2T
777ARTHO FABIO125KTM125 2T

Riola Sardo MX2 rider entries – International Italian MX 2021

No.RiderClassBrandBike
2TUANI FEDERICOMX2HUSQVARNA250 2T
7SPIES MAXIMILIANMX2FANTIC250 4T
8FACCA ALESSANDROMX2KAWASAKI250 4T
12PUCCINELLI MATTEOMX2KTM250 4T
18ANGELI LEONARDO JUNIORMX2TM250 4T
22GIUZIO RAFFAELE MICHAELMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
23SARASSO TOMMASOMX2KTM250 4T
24HORGMO KEVINMX2GASGAS250 4T
26EDBERG TIMMX2YAMAHA250 4T
49DUSI MATTIAMX2YAMAHA250 4T
50LUGANA PAOLOMX2KTM250 4T
56CORTI LORENZOMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
64CIABATTI LORENZOMX2KTM250 4T
69OLSSON FILIPMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
70FERNANDEZ GARCIA RUBENMX2HONDA250 4T
74VALERI ALESSANDROMX2GASGAS250 4T
80ADAMO ANDREAMX2GASGAS250 4T
86DEL COCO MATTEOMX2KTM250 4T
88SAVIOLI RAMONMX2250 2T
93GEERTS JAGOMX2YAMAHA250 4T
100ORIOL OLIVER VILARMX2YAMAHA250 4T
101GUADAGNINI MATTIAMX2KTM250 4T
115RONCOLI ANDREAMX2GASGAS250 4T
198BENISTANT THIBAULTMX2YAMAHA250 4T
209CENERELLI GIANMARCOMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
211LAPUCCI NICHOLASMX2FANTIC250 2T
212ZAMPINO DAVIDEMX2GASGAS250 4T
223TROPEPE GIUSEPPEMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
228SCUTERI EMILIOMX2HONDA250 4T
237RAMELLA XYLIANMX2KTM250 4T
242KUCHEROV NIKITAMX2KTM250 4T
249CALUGI DARIOMX2KTM250 4T
253PANCAR JANMX2KTM250 4T
270BARBAGLIA EUGENIO ANGELO ETTOREMX2GASGAS250 4T
281NICOLI RICCARDOMX2KTM250 4T
301ARANGIO FEBBO GIUSEPPEMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
303FORATO ALBERTOMX2GASGAS250 4T
333CASADEI SAMUELEMX2GASGAS250 4T
344RAZZINI PIETROMX2YAMAHA250 4T
443VESTERINEN MATIASMX2KTM250 4T
489WALVOORT JENSMX2KTM250 4T
499ALBERIO EMANUELEMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
532PILLER CONSTANTINMX2KTM250 4T
568PALSSON MAXMX2KTM250 4T
717WAGENKNECHT JANMX2HUSQVARNA250 4T
766SANDNER MICHAELMX2KTM250 4T
838ERMINI PAOLOMX2HUSQVARNA250 2T
912RIZZI JOEL LLOYDMX2HONDA250 4T
931ZANOTTI ANDREAMX2TM250 4T
959RENAUX MAXIMEMX2YAMAHA250 4T

Riola Sardo MX1 rider entries – International Italian MX 2021

No.RiderClassBrandBike
3FEBVRE ROMAINMX1KAWASAKI450 4T
19OLSEN THOMAS KJERMX1HUSQVARNA450 4T
43DE BORTOLI DAVIDEMX1HONDA450 4T
61PRADO GARCIA JORGEMX1KTM450 4T
76ANSELMI MARCOMX1KTM450 4T
77LUPINO ALESSANDROMX1KTM450 4T
89VAN HOREBEEK JEREMYMX1BETA450 4T
114SALINA PIETROMX1FANTIC450 4T
123BERNARDINI SAMUELEMX1HONDA450 4T
126KOCH TOMMX1KTM450 4T
128MONTICELLI IVOMX1KAWASAKI450 4T
161OSTLUND ALVINMX1YAMAHA450 4T
226DI MARZIANTONIO GIANLUCAMX1KTM450 4T
259COLDENHOFF GLENNMX1YAMAHA450 4T
520CLOCHET JIMMYMX1BETA450 4T
859PETER VINCENTMX1KTM450 4T
860LA SCALA ANDREAMX1GASGAS450 4T
938BICALHO SALA RODOLFOMX1KTM250 2T
949CONTESSI ALESSANDROMX1KAWASAKI450 4T

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