The new Herlings and Roczen?

If you’re looking for the new rivalry that could be the future of motocross keep an eye on the 125 European Championship this season.

It is there that the latest Dutch and German motocross prodigies will do battle.

Dutchman Davy Pootjes won the 85cc European title at Matterley Basin last year while German Brian Hsu won the 85cc World Championship a couple of weeks later with Pootjes in third.

Pootjes is looked after by factory KTM while Hsu is looked after by factory Suzuki bearing even more resemblance to the Herlings and Roczen rivalry when they were fourteen.

Of course it would be unreasonable to expect either rider to be winning GPs at 15 but starting in the 125 class will relieve the pressure and gradually introduce them to the rigours of GP racing. It is not beyond belief though, that in a couple of years these two could be the boys to beat for the MX2 world title.

Both riders have the team infrastructure and the talent to make it to the  MX2 World Championships with considerable success. But this season could be the chance to see these kids before they become really big and it could see their rivalry really take shape in front of all the GP big wigs.

Of course these two won’t be the only ones vying for victory in the class with talented Frenchman Davud Herbreteau one of many intent on talking the title.

The developmental classes like the Euro 125 and the EMX2 running alongside the GP races are great additions by Youthstream. It allows the teams to find and help the young talent at an early age and it allows the young talent to adapt to the tracks and see for themselves the speed they need to get to in order to challenge for world titles.

Of course EMX2 will also have future star riders like Jorge Zaragoza, part of the factory Suzuki team, and newly signed to KTM Marchetti racing, Tim Gasjer, battling for win as well as plenty of others.

Thankfully there are a number of British riders taking part in EMX2 like Ryan Houghton, Ben and Nathan Watson as well as Adam Sterry who will all get a firsthand look at the level of competition and the tracks they will face if they make it to MX2 World Championship.

Both classes hold the future of the sport but seeing the 85cc World Champion going head to head with the 85cc European champion on 125 factory two strokes could be the highlight of the season!

Article and picture by Jonathan McCready

MX Vice Editor || 25

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