French Motocross Championship ready to start at Basly

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After the unfortunate cancellation of the Lacapelle-Marival event due to deplorable weather conditions which rendered the track and site impassable, the opening round of the 24MX Tour will finally be held in Basly on March 16 and 17.

In MX1, the man to beat is Valentin Guillod. Runner-up in 2022 and champion in 2023, the Honda SR Motoblouz rider is aiming to give Josse Sallefranque’s team a thirteenth French crown. Two years ago, the Swiss rider won the 24MX Tour final at Basly. Rookie in the category, Pierre Goupillon is bound to be one of his most serious opponents. Last year’s European Open Champion, he has already proved his top speed aboard a 450. Goupillon, who rides for KTM Tech32, has been preparing all winter to be ready for the start of the championship. Ambition is also the norm at Yamaha GSM Dafy Michelin. Serge Guidetty has decided to field three men in the 450 class: Greg Aranda, Maxime Desprey and Lucas Imbert. The first two have the potential to win, while Lucas Imbert’s aim is to break new ground and get as close to the podium as possible.

In the MX2 class, the succession to three-time champion Pierre Goupillon will finally get underway in Basly. Already a two-time winner in the category (2016/18), Mathys Boisramé is one of the contenders, having decided to move down a step after a fourth-place finish in MX1. Backed by HVA France, the Breton is ready.

Also, we must add two guys who are also returning full-time to the 24MX Tour this season. Joining the 737 Performance and VHR teams, Tom Guyon and Maxime Grau have set their sights on the title. Calvin Fonvieille (KTM), Nicolas Dercourt (Suzuki), and Adrien Petit (Yamaha) will also be keeping a close eye on other youngsters over the coming weeks. In Normandy, the Kawasaki Bud Racing team will also be fielding its 125 junior world champion and new recruit, Mathis Valin. The Vendéen is ready to take up his new challenge in MX2 and will be accompanied by the excellent Chilean teammate Benjamin Garib. Karlis Reisulis, third in the EMX250 last year, is also on the entry list on his VRT Yamaha Factory team.

24MX Tour 2024 Calendar

124 & 25 February (canceled)Lacapelle-Marival
216 & 17 MarchBasly
330 & 31 MarchCastlenau-de-Lévis
420 & 21 AprilRomagné
54 & 5 MayBitche
625 & 26 MayVillars sous Écot
715 & 16 JuneErnée

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