So along with the late entry from Team Great Britan Steemit | Busy Italy have also been dragging their heels with submitting the finalized team for the upcoming Motocross of Nations at Redbud USA. There was however a very good reason for this and one that any team with a legendary rider in can understand. Antonio Cairoli picked up a knee injury during the FIM Motocross World Championship series and Michele Cervellin has withdrawn from the series completely for this season. That would've left a massive hole in the team that would be impossible to fix if they decided to leave Cairoli out.
Luckily the Italian Motocross federation (FMI) have announced that Cairoli is OK to ride and the team has been confirmed as the following riders, Antonio Cairoli (MXGP), Michele Cervellin (MX2) and Alessandro Lupino (Open). This is a very strong team from the Italians and arguably one of the strongest they have ever had. Both Cervellin and Lupino have found their groove this season, Cervellin with a season best of third at the MXGP of Russia and Lupino has picked up two eighth places in the 450 MXGP class in Asia.
So with Italy now confirmed there is only one major team left to submit their riders and that is Team Spain. There is no doubt Jorge Prado has booked his ticket but the other two are up for grabs with a large amount of contenders sidelined with injuries. I will update as always when i get the news.