Once racing and the qualifying press conference concluded this evening at the circuit of Lommel, Team Italy for the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, set to take place at Matterley Basin in the UK on the weekend of October 1st, was officially announced.
Team Manager and Coach Thomas Traversini presented the Italian line up for this edition; leading the effort in the MXGP division will be Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli, for the third year in a row HRC MX2’s Michele Cervellin is part of Team Italy and he will race in MX2, rounding out the team will be Team Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Alessandro Lupino in the OPEN class.
All three riders, Cairoli, Cervellin and Lupino expressed their excitement and gratitude to have the opportunity to race for their country. FIM Delegate Gianluca Avenoso was on stage too to support the Team.
Antonio Cairoli shared his good memories coming from 2006 edition of Motocross of Nations taking place in Matterley Basin and last year’s edition taking place in Maggiora and he stated: “Every year we try to do better and better with our Team. Now we have some experience and for sure we try to get on the Podium”.
Alessandro Lupino spoke about his teammates: “With Tony we know that we have one of the best guys in the world and Michele he puts in a lot of work and he pushes hard. I hope that we will again do well again like in 2013 and return to the podium.”
Michele Cervellin concluded: “For me the Motocross of Nations is always a special event, last year I did the OPEN class, so I’m excited this year to compete in MX2”
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