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FMI present ambitious 125cc project

FMI present ambitious 125cc project

The Italian Motorcycle Federation (FMI) will enter a team into the World Championship in 2011 in a bid to assist the development of talented young riders.

The 125cc World Championship will have an exciting new generation of young Italian talents present next season after the Italian Motorcycle Federation (FMI) recently confirmed its plans to run a full-time team in the category.

At present the FMI is running a set-up in the Italian domestic competition, with 2000 125cc World Champion Roberto Locatelli in a Team Manager role. Under the banner Junior GP FMI its selected riders have participated as wild card entries at Mugello, Brno and Misano to gain experience, with Estoril the next round on its GP agenda.

At Misano FMI President Paolo Sesti announced that in 2011 a four-year project would commence in the 125cc World Championship class, thus allowing young Italian riders the chance to fully develop their skills at the highest level.

“In Italy motorcycling is a bit behind now and we need to return to the high level we used to have when we managed to win so many World Championships,” explained Sesti. “We will begin with a 125cc team – we are already working in the Italian National Championships – and our aim is to get Italian riders onto the podium in the World Championship; first in 125cc and after in Moto2, and then hopefully in MotoGP.”

“We are observing five or six youngsters who are doing very well in the National Championship and have been wildcards at Mugello, Brno and Misano, and who will be at Estoril as well. By the end of the year we will make our decision, choosing those who are really determined and eager to work hard and be successful.”


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