We've shared some of the favourite memories of the greatest Yamaha riders to celebrate Yamaha's 65th Anniversary and the marque's rich racing heritage, but what of the future? Our final My Greatest Yamaha Memory comes courtesy of Freddie Bartlett, the 11-year-old winner of the 2019 YZ65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup, and one of Yamaha's new generation of racers.
The name Freddie Bartlett may not be a household name just yet, but the youngster has already impressed with his astonishing skills aboard his YZ65 and YZ85 dirt bikes. Based in Sweden, the British born youngster got his big break when he was selected by Yamaha Scandinavia to attend the 2019 YZ65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup Superfinale, which took place at the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations in Assen, The Netherlands. It was his performance at the Superfinale that saw Bartlett secure his place on the bLU cRU Masterclass, with the youngster finishing second overall in extremely wet and treacherous conditions.
At the bLU cRU Masterclass, which took place in Lleida, Spain, in November 2019, Bartlett, alongside four of his YZ65 racing counterparts, received coaching from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP riders Gautier Paulin and Jeremy Seewer. On the dry Spanish dirt, Bartlett was equally as impressive as he was in the torrential rain in Assen, and was selected as the first-ever YZ65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup winner.
As the winner of the YZ65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup, Bartlett has received support from Yamaha Motor Europe for his 2020 season. Initially, the speedy Brit was going to race his YZ65 for another season, but due to the delay in racing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and after the recently announced cancellation of the EMX65 Championship, he has decided to move up to the bigger bike, the YZ85.
Despite his tender age and small stature, Bartlett has quickly adapted to his YZ85 and is already developing a strong following on Social Media thanks to his flamboyant style and incredible ability to put the bike where he wants it.