The fourth event for the FIM MX3 World Championship will take place in Santiago de Chile, 23rd and 24th of May. Most of the riders are already there and they are trying to adapt to the challenging South American conditions.
Santiago is the capital of South American country Chile, located in the country's central valley, at an elevation of 520 metres above the sea level. Although Santiago is the capital, legislative bodies meet in nearby Valparaíso. Santiago was founded by Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia on February 12, 1541 with the name Santiago del Nuevo Extremo. The city was built following the traditional Hispanic grid pattern used in American colonies. The Santiago council became the administrative center of all of Chile, while Spanish forces continued their conquest southward. The race track Laguna Caren will host an FIM World Championship event for the second time after last year’s maiden edition of the event – a success straight away with thirty thousand weekend spectators.
ABOUT THE RIDERS
After the successful overseas event in the past season riders are excited that the South American event will take place this weekend. The organizer expect again around twenty thousand spectators, which will make a perfect atmosphere. The first three MX3 World Championship events were interesting and the season is only at the beginning. Christophe Martin (France, Husqvarna) will be the only rider attending from the last year’s Chilean top three – Italian Cristian Beggi, French Christophe Martin and Spanish rider Alvaro Lozano. Martin: “Last year I made a great result in Chile, I finished second. I have wonderful memories about Chile, about the race and about the people in general. This year the weather conditions will be different and I hope for another great overseas event.” Danish rider Kasper Jensen (Honda) has also good memories:”I finished fourth last year in Chile, I liked the race track that was wet and included some nice jumps. I hope I will do good result also this year, with the support of Honda dealer Ruy Barbossa from Santiago. I think this year the competition will be tougher. I am also looking forward to meet all the nice people from Chile and to race in front of so many spectators as last year.« For the second rider of the MX3 World Championship Classification Pierre Alexandre Renet (France, Suzuki) this will be the first experience in Chile: »I am really glad to go to Chile. I have never been in South America before. I will do my best and I hope for a good result."
Antti Pyrhonen (Finland, Honda) is one of those, who will compete in Chile for the first time: “I have raced at the MX1 GP’s in Japan and South Africa and long haul travel never is a pleasant experience, however Latin America is a new challenge I am looking forward to it. It means that I am considered a sand rider and now I have more races under my belt so I should target for podium scores in Chile. Due to some small injuries I missed five races in the pre-season so slowly I am getting in a better mental and physical condition. The level in this year’s MX3 events is really high and some new riders have made an impression by winning races. About Chile as a country I do not know anything special but I expect to make new fans over there.” One of the surprises in of this season is young Matevz Irt (Honda) from Slovenia, who took the podium with amazing racing in Portugal. Irt said: “This will be the first overseas event for me. I am looking forward to going to Chile because in our MB Team we have a great atmosphere and our results are better race by race. After the third place in Portugal I am even more motivated. It was the result of my hard work during the winter time. I would like thank the team and the sponsors, I hope me and my teammate Julien Vanni will pay them back with good results also in Chile.” There will compete some home Chilean riders, but two of them are big stars. Pablo Quintanilla, who finished fifth on the home race in the last season and Jeremias Israel.
Before the event riders will have some other activities. First they will have a sightseeing of Santiago, in following days there will be also some presentations and the press conference.