Young Italian joins factory MX2 effort

Red Bull KTM is fielding three MX2 riders in next year’s FIM Motocross World Championship after signing Italian Mattia Guadagnini alongside its world champ Tom Vialle and Rene Hofer.

Guadagnini was runner-up in this year’s EMX250 series and is a former FIM World and EMX125 champion. He’ll race under the wing of Claudio de Carli and join Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado at the team’s Roman base.

“For me this is a dream come true to join the KTM family, especially the De Carli team as I grew up watching Tony’s races,” said Guadagnini. “I always said ‘one day I want to be there also and fight in the world championship’ so the day has come and I’m so happy.

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“I like how they work as a big family, spending lots of time together. Also having Tony and Jorge as direct team-mates will be awesome. I can learn a lot and I think I have all I need to work on my goals for the future!”

Motocross mastermind De Carli is delighted with his new signing.

“Mattia is one of the most interesting young riders in international motocross,” he said. “He has already reached important milestones and he must continue in his growth to fight with the best riders in the world championship.

“We are happy to have him in our team and, as always, we will try to give him the best from a technical and training point of view. He gives me the impression of a boy with solid principles and great motivation and I want him to face this first year with us by working with his team-mates, without pressure and with the aim of improving in every aspect in his first full season of MX2.”

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