After a season-long battle, the spotlight is on the stars of the future as they do battle for the title
The 2022 Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup title will be decided this weekend at Magny-Cours, in support of the FIM Superbike World Championship round, with eyes on Championship protagonists Enzo Valentim and Devis Bergamini. In total, 23 youngsters from 13 countries are set to battle it out at the French venue, with two wildcards joining the season regulars. Taking part in her home round, Justine Pedemonte has impressed at national level, whilst Sweden’s Maxximus Vikingasköld also joins, having shown strong potential since switching from motocross to road racing.
This season, the competition has been fierce and the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup has once again proved to be the perfect first step for young riders looking to continue their journey towards World Championship racing. In the end, only two riders will have the opportunity to fight for the title this weekend. Brazil’s Valentim leads ahead of Italy’s Bergamini, with 41 points separating the pair and 50 available during the final round. It might be a sizeable gap, but Bergamini has been on a charge at the previous two events, winning three of the last four races.
Whoever’s crowned European Champion will earn a spot on the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship grid in 2023, fully supported by Yamaha Motor Europe, following in the footsteps of last year’s winner Iker Garcia Abella, who has had four points-scoring finishes in his rookie season, including a first top ten last time out at Most with eighth in Race 1.
Meanwhile, four riders are in the fight over second in the Championship, with Bergamini currently 11 points ahead of Brazil’s Kevin Fontainha, who has shown superb consistency with four second-place finishes and five podiums. Andrea Pizzoli is third, 23 points behind his fellow Italian, whilst Indonesian star Wahyu Nugroho is a further 24 points adrift following a maiden podium last time out in Most.
Last year at Magny-Cours, Fenton Seabright, who stepped up to the WorldSSP300 championship this year, scored maximum points, winning Race 2 after a dramatic final lap. Of the returning riders, Gregory Carbonnel was highest placed at the 2021 event, with a best finish of sixth in Race 1.
Gianluca Montiron – Organizer of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup, gave his preview of the final round of the season: “We have enjoyed an incredible second season of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup. I would like to wish all the young riders good luck for the final weekend, I am sure we will get to enjoy more close and exciting racing. We have just two riders in contention for the title, Enzo and Devis, and whoever wins it in the end will fully deserve it. I’d also like to welcome our two wildcards this weekend – Justine has done a great job in the French championship this year and Maxximus has quickly adapted to the Supersport 300 class in Sweden. Now we look forward to one final weekend to cap off another fantastic campaign!”
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