A new wave of foreign riders heading to AMA Pro Motocross

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This season the AMA Pro Motocross series become attractive for many foreign riders. The lack of factory riders due to injuries has been allowing privateers to fight into the top ten positions. Through the last rounds, names like Alvin Otslund, Gert Krestinov, and Jed Beaton made some wild card appearances while Spaniard Jose Butron from the Wild Cat Race Team sits 10th in the points standings on his rookie campaign.

Now for the last three rounds, a new group of foreign riders will make the trip to America, starting this weekend in the ninth round in Unadilla.

The Wild Cat Race Team will bring two new recruits under its tent in the form of Venezuelan Raimundo Trasolini and Czech Jakub Teresak. Trasolini is a 15-time Venezuelan Champion and he will be filling his countryman Lorenzo Locurcio who is currently injured. As for Teresak, he competed in his first MX2 season last year and now is stepping into his first 450 races. Nowadays he is a top-ten figure on the competitive ADAC MX Championship.

Another rider confirmed during these days is Latvian Harri Kullas. He raced in Lommel this year and finished 11th overall. Kullas is well-known in the MXGP circuit thanks to his long career. However, this will be his first time racing in the AMA Pro Motocross, but not on American soil, as he already raced in the Motocross of Nations of Budds Creek (2010) and Red Bud (2018-2022) as well in the USGP´s of Glen Helen back in 2010 and 2015.

Harri Kullas at the USGP of Glen Helen 2015 – Image: JP Acevedo archive.

From France, Stephane Rubini and Adrien Malaval are lining up in the 450 class this weekend too. Rubini had plenty of experience in the MXGP circuit. He will be competing in the last three rounds for BUD Racing Kawasaki with help from The Privateer Journey. On the other hand, Malavan put his own program to race in Unadilla and Budds Creek.

From Chile, Nicolas Israel will make his pro debut just a couple of days after being in Loretta Lynn´s where he won the opening 450B moto.

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