On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September Italy will take to the track for the Motocross of Nations. At Red Bud, in the United States, our riders’ bikes will be recognizable by the numbers 1, 2, 3 by virtue of the historic triumph obtained in 2021 in Mantova with Antonio Cairoli, Mattia Guadagnini and Alessandro Lupino.
The line-up called by the FMI Technical Commissioner Thomas Traversini for the next edition of the Trophy is unprecedented. The team captain has been confirmed, the nine-time World Champion Antonio Cairoli, who will wear the Blue Jersey for the fourteenth time. Mattia Guadagnini is also called up again, capable of winning the Motocross Junior World Championship (2019) with Italy in addition to the MXoN 2021. The new element is represented by Andrea Adamo, already on the podium in the MX2 World Championship 2022 and constantly among the best in the series. Alberto Forato has been designated as a reserve, having shown this season that he has what it takes to compete on par with many of the top MXGP riders.
Antonio Cairoli, born in Patti (ME) on 23/09/1985. Motorcycle: Ktm. Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. Moto Club: Milani. MXoN class: MXGP. MXoN number: 1
Mattia Guadagnini, born in Bassano del Grappa (VI) on 11/04/2002. Motorbike: GasGas. Team: Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing. Moto Club: Ardosa. MXoN class: Open. MXoN number: 2
Andrea Adamo, born in Erice (TP) on 22/08/2003. Motorbike: GasGas. Team: SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery. Moto Club: Best – SM Action. MXoN class: MX2. MXoN number: 3
Alberto Forato (reserve), born in Feltre (BL) on 30/03/2000. Motorbike: GasGas. Team: SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery. Moto Club: Orbassano Racing.
Giovanni Copioli, IMF President: “We will go to the United States with the enthusiasm and determination of the reigning Champions. Seeing our drivers racing with numbers 1,2 and 3 will be a great thrill. Mantua’s success remains unforgettable and I think that even in 2022 we can aim for the top positions, despite the fact that repeating itself is always very difficult. I am happy to have Antonio Cairoli with us once again: by responding to the call-up he has shown that he is particularly attached to the Blue Jersey. Mattia Guadagnini is very young but used to this type of pressure while Andrea Adamo has shown his talents during this season. I also thank Alberto Forato, who gave maximum availability. I hope to see good races with Italy as the protagonist ”.
Roberto Rustichelli, IMF Motocross Committee Coordinator: “I think the composition of the team best represents the movement of Italian Motocross: expert and fast riders together with prospective athletes already prepared for high-level competitions. In this case, a multiple champion like Antonio Cairoli ready to make all his skills available to Guadagnini and Adamo. The IMF Motocross Committee always works with the aim of bringing new riders to the top international competitions and seeing our talents in the most important races is certainly a source of pride ”.
Thomas Traversini, FMI Technical Commissioner: “We decided to focus on this training by looking at the results of our boys. In the races held so far, Antonio Cairoli has shown that he has the pace of the best, and in any case a driver like him is a very precious resource, he would be for any national team. Guadagnini was able to face the problems of the beginning of the season by demonstrating his speed in MXGP while Adamo is constantly among the best in MX2 and his left knee injury does not seem to be worrying for the Motocross of Nations, with the event still missing several weeks”.
Words: Press Release