Motocross

Yamaha Fields Revised SMX Riders Cup Line-Up

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Following unforeseen circumstances, Yamaha has amended its previously amended rider line-up for the 2016 Monster Energy SMX Riders' Cup which takes palce this weekend at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Following the announcement of Justin Barcia's participation for Yamaha in the SMX Riders' Cup, he has regretfully had to decline due to a conflict with team contracts. MX2-star and 2016 MXoN champion, Benoit Paturel, was also keen to attend the event, but was forced to stay at home for logistical reasons.

19yr old French SX vice-champion Yannis Irsuti (Yamaha 2B team), joins the line-up, eager to step up to the plate to help Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP rider and 2015 FIM MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre and Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team's MX2 rider Brent Van doninck secure a top result for Yamaha this weekend.

"We are really excited to be able to wrap up a year of exciting motocross action with this first SMX Riders' Cup," commented Yamaha Motor Europe Sales & Marketing Division Manager Paolo Pavesio.

"It's a unique pleasure to be able to select a Yamaha team of top riders from across different racing teams and classes to make one formidable off-road attack force! We are confident that Romain will lead Brent and Yannis to an impressive performance, doing their best to bring victory for Yamaha and of course some serious off-road entertainment for the fans."

Veltins Arena, home to Bundesliga football team FC Schalke 04, will be completely transformed with more than 25,000 cubic meters of dirt on a removable hard base surface and a track layout designed for safe and fluid racing with plenty of exciting features. Febvre, Van doninck and Irsuti can expect big battles, top speeds and spectacular stadium jumps.

Main Photo: Yamaha lead rider Romain Febvre

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