Having only announced last week that he was stepping away from motocross, Gianluca Facchetti wasted little time revealing his plans for 2023, which will see him switch disciplines to race Enduro with Fantic Factory Team E50 Racing.
Words: Edward Stratmann | Lead Image: Gianluca Facchetti
Wanting a reset after enduring the highs, such as some promising results in EMX250 and MX2, and the lows, like his nasty car crash and racing injuries, associated with the sport and life in general, his comments on his emotional, challenging decision to leave motocross made for fascinating reading. “Shortly after the start of this year in Argentina at the start of the second round following a contact with another rider I got injured again and from there everything was very difficult and I had to stop,” insisted the former 125cc Junior World Champion.
“Despite my great determination, willpower, persistence and efforts, sometimes it is necessary to listen to your body. Unfortunately I realised that it is necessary for me to pause this beautiful chapter of my life, but I never give up.
“I want to thank you (the fans) for all the support you have given me over the years, for the warmth you send me daily and for how much you believe in me. I love the bike. I’m still very hungry and whatever the future holds I’ll never change my attitude and always give 200%. Don’t worry, I’ll update you on this new adventure of mine and we’ll write many more exciting pages of this new chapter together. Thank you so much to everyone.”
Dropping a hint that he’ll be unveiling what the next stage in his career will be, Facchetti’s delighted to now officially be embarking on the latest stop on his journey. “A new chapter. Happy to join Fantic Racing for next year for my first Enduro season. A big thanks to Fantic Factory Team E50 Racing and all the people around me. See you at the races,” he explained.
Eager for the challenge that lies ahead and still super passionate about riding motorcycles, the talented pilot, who’s still just 22, will be keen to hit the ground running, as he looks to make the successful transition from motocross to Enduro next year.