Following the final EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing heat in Maggiora, a special press conference took place to present the ‘Maglia Azzurra’ that Team Italy will wear at the 2021 edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Mantova this September.
Present for the occasion was Italian Motorcycle Federation Representative Francesco Mezzasalma, Motocross Committee Coordinator Roberto Rustichelli and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli.
2021 is a special year for the Italian Motorcycle Federation who will celebrate their 110th year anniversary and to commemorate such a special occasion, the jersey features graphics from Italian victories back in the 80s and 90s for the glorious moment.
The official team jersey will not only be used at this year’s Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations but will also be worn by the Junior Motocross World Championship team in Greece on July the 31st and August the 1st.
While we still wait for the official announcement of the Team Italy line-up for this year’s Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, this presentation was the perfect teaser of what can be expected of Italian team ahead of the event in September.
Francesco Mezzasalma: “I wish to welcome everybody to Maggiora on behalf of the FMI President Giovanni Copioli and the Federation. Today is an important day for our sport. I saw Cairoli moving his first steps in motocross in Sicily and, to present the Maglia Azzurra with him today made us very proud.”
Roberto Rustichelli: “I’m very pleased to present this jersey today. Some details on the jersey, there is a new logo at the front, celebrating 110th Anniversary of the Italian Motorcycle Federation. We also added some more details in tribute of the victories in the 80’s and 90’s as these were days we didn’t want to forget. The jersey will be worn at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Mantova, as well as the Junior Motocross World Championship in Greece and we have big expectations for both races and we hope that this will be a lucky shirt for both, professional riders and young talents”.
Antonio Cairoli: “I’m really happy to hopefully be part of Team Italy, my goal is to bring my country as high as possible every year. This year I hope we have a strong team and we will be racing on home soil, so for us it is a good possibility to win this trophy. We will try our best to at least be on the podium again. I have worn the Maglia Azzurra in many occasions as I represented my country and this is always a big honour.”