With 2015 Junior World Champion Jamie MCCANNEY (GB – Yamaha) going to « Senior » class and taking with him Alessandro BATTIG (N°4 in 2015), Luis OLIVEIRA, Steve HOLCOMBE and with Mikael PERSSON deciding to directly fight with E1 riders right after his FIM Youth Cup 125cc title, the Junior class has never been that open!
However, it’s Giacomo REDONDI (I – Honda), already three times Junior Vice-Champion (sic) who will be the big favorite! But will the Italian ginger finally manage to climb the highest step of the podium?
He’ll have a huge amount of rival! Like the very fast Catalan rider Josep GARCIA (Husqvarna) who’s in a really great shape. Injured in 2015, Davide SORECA (I – Honda) could be a lot more than a simple teammate for Giacomo REDONDI in the Red Moto team. Another Honda could be fighting for the first spots of the category, it will 2014 and 2015 Junior French Champion Jérémy CARPENTIER with the EC2M Honda team of Michel MEREL.
The two dominant nations: Spain and Italy
It has to be also the year for the Portuguese rider of the Gas Gas Pons Factory team: Diogo VENTURA (Gas Gas).
Spain and Italy seem to have the most of chance to clinch this Junior title with some outsiders like Matteo BRESOLIN (I – Beta) who will race with Beta Boano while the young Catalan prospect Kirian MIRABET (E) will be competing this season with the Sherco Academy team.
We’ll watch also the 2015 injured Swede Albin ELOWSON (Husqvarna) and his fellow Oliver NELSON (S), brand new official TM rider.
Mika BARNES (F – KTM), who chose last season to compete with the Finn Trophy team during the Six Days, the promising Polish Adam TOMICZEK (KTM), the Finn Joni KAIVOLAINEN (Beta) and Swedish Kevin OLSEN (Sherco) will also make some noise in this under 23 years old category!
The FIM Youth Cup 125cc allows us to discover each year some real talents like Giacomo REDONDI, Jamie MCCANNEY or also Mikael PERSSON… former Cup winner. 2016 should be again an awesome season in this class. Mirko SPANDRE (I – KTM), Fabio FARIOLI new nugget, should fight for the title like France Valérian DEBAUD (Yamaha) and of course the son of five-time World Champion Paul EDMONDSON, Jack (GB – KTM)!