Several MXGP stars at the French Championship opening round in Lacapelle-Marival

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This weekend, February 24 & 25, will start another exciting season of the 24MX Tour French Motocross Championship in the great track of Lacapelle-Marival. Alongside the best riders in the country, the event will also gather plenty of MXGP stars who are preparing for the MXGP of Argentina.

As for the contenders, the MX1 class of the 24MX Tour promises to be very competitive. Last year’s champion Valentin Guillod will be there to try to retain his crown under the Honda SR Motoblouz colors. The team also brought a new rider in the form of Norwegian Kevin Horgmo, 7th in the 2023 MX2 World Champion. Another MX1 rookie will be Pierre Goupillon who is moving into the big leagues after three years of domination in the MX2 class. The KTM Tech32 rider already showed his potential on the big bikes as he won the EMX Open title last year in Lommel.

Valentin Guillod – Image: JP Acevedo

The GSM Yamaha team has a strong lineup for this season. Greg Aranda feels comfy on the handlebars of his new YZ450F after winning the SX1 French. Alongside him, in Serge Guidetty’s team, we find Maxime Desprey (2019/21 champion) and recruit Lucas Imbert. 2023 MX2 runner-up, Bogdan Krajewski will also be one of the newcomers in the class.

In the MX2 class, many are aiming for the top step of the podium as Pierre Goupillon leaves the doors open after grabbing the title for three years in a row. One of them is Tom Guyon who is back under the GasGas 737 Performance Team after a year disrupted by injury. On the other hand, Maxime Grau, who has joined VHR GasGas, and Mathys Boisramé, who has decided to return to MX2 with the support of Husqvarna have high ambitions for this season. Bosirame is a two-time MX2 champ (2016/18). Other regulars to pay attention to are Calvin Fonvieille, Nicolas Dercourt, and Adrien Petit. Last but not least, 125cc French and World Champion Mathys Valin will be debuting in this class aboard the BUD Racing Kawasaki team.

Pierre Goupillon – Image: MXGP

As we stated above, several MXGP stars will be lining up such as Jeremy Seewer, Maxime Renaux, Jago Geerts and Mattia Guadagnini in the MX1 class. In the MX2 class, an impressive line-up with Thibault Benistant, Andrea Bonacorsi, Sacha and Lucas Coenen, Quentin Prugnieres, Mikkel Haarup, and Camden McLellan.

24MX Tour Calendar:

RoundDateVenue
124 & 25 FebruaryLacapelle-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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