Gariboldi to step up in Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross effort


The Yamaha Monster Energy Gariboldi team will work in closer connection with Yamaha Motor Europe and YRRD (Yamaha Rinaldi Research and Development) for what will be their second FIM MX-GP Motocross World Championship season in 2011 after impressing in their maiden 2010 campaign. The Italian squad brought the talents of 2009 European Champion Christophe Charlier and promising Finn Harri Kullas to the highly competitive MX2-GP class on YZ250F machinery and both rookies finished in the top eleven of the series’ standings. Next year the crew will add MX1-GP representation to their ranks with the recent signature of Anthony Boissiere on the YZ450F to give Yamaha a three rider presence in the premier category.

Gariboldi impressed with their set-up and dedication to bringing through the hottest young stars on the European motocross scene; the fruits of their work seen in 2009 when Charlier convincingly won the European title with the YZ250F. The rise of the team’s profile led to a slot on the GP gate for 2010 and both teenagers have vindicated Team Principal Giacomo Gariboldi’s belief in the potential of his riders and his set-up’s capabilities to keep the Yamaha brand at the forefront of MX2-GP. Gariboldi will now oversee an important facet of Yamaha’s presence in the Grand Prix paddock with the FIM age rule of twenty-three years for MX2-GP racers coming into play during 2010.

“I’m delighted to be able to continue the work we have started this season with our top young riders because I’m sure both Kullas and Charlier will benefit a lot from the experience they made in their first world championship and progress from there,” commented Gariboldi. “The addition of the MX1 rider Anthony Boissiere is a new exciting challenge for the team and we will put all our efforts to make it a success. I have to thank Yamaha and YRRD for the increased support they are going to grant the team for 2011 and hope we can build up together a successful operation for the years to come; all the team’s staff are very excited, motivated and looking forward to the 2011 campaign.”

“After the first year for Giacomo Gariboldi and his team in the World Championship we have decided to expand the relationship,” explained Yamaha Motor Europe Racing Manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp. “During their successful rookie season at world level with Harri and Christophe the team has proven to be professional and well structured and that they can compete in the top regions. The team’s technical organisation is well controlled with Massimo Castelli, who has worked with many champions in the past and has worked inside the Rinaldi Group in the past. We are looking forward to see the team mature and Harri, Christophe and Anthony fighting for podium positions”.

“We had a good season in 2010 and to have a stronger connection with Yamaha for next year is really positive news,” said Kullas. “The link with Monster Energy is also great and I think it is a big thing for any young athlete to be associated with such a big energy drink with a cool image. I have to make a step up for my second season because I was already almost in the top ten at every race in 2010 and now need to reach for the top five regularly. The MX2-GP class will be very competitive again and I will do my work in the winter to be prepared in the best way.”

“I’ve had a couple of injury problems this year which meant that the season did not go completely as I wanted it,” said Charlier “but I learnt a lot and I am glad to be working with the team again and to be part of an exciting project.”

For Boissiere his new squad represents a return to the brand with whom he initially burst onto the Grand Prix scene; winning two MX2-GP motos in 2005 on a YZ250F. Since then he has been a fast competitor in the MX2 and then MX1-GP categories but has fought for full fitness after some unfortunate luck with injuries. 2008 saw the Frenchman gain his first podium trophies with MX2-GP success in France and the Czech Republic. He moved into MX1-GP for 2010 and it was his potential on the bigger machine that caught the eye and bolstered his profile. “My first year with Yamaha was in 2004 which was also my first time with a four-stroke and my first season in the world championship,” he said. “2005 is when it became crazy as I won motos at my home GP and also in South Africa and since then I’ve been pushing to get to the same level. I’m really happy to work with the Gariboldi team. It is a good structure and the bikes are very competitive. I will be training hard this winter for a good year in 2011.”

Anthony Boissiere

Name: Anthony Boissiere

Date of birth: October 16, 1985

Place of birth: Ganges, France

Nationality: French

Residence: Moules et Baucels

Height: 1.73 m

Weight: 70 kg

Marital Status: Single, girlfriend

Hobbies: Jet skiing, cycling, music

Career highlights

2010: 16th MX1 World Championship

2009: 18th MX2 World Championship

2008: 12th MX2 World Championship

2007: 15th MX2 World Championship

2006: 18th MX2 World Championship

2005: 13th MX2 World Championship with 2 heats victories – 3rd in French Elite Championship

2004: 13th MX2 World Championship – 2nd in French Elite Championship

2003: Junior French Champion – 4th in French Elite Championship

2002: 6th in Junior French Championship

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