17-year-old Sibian, second place at Pink Bull Romaniacs – “It is a sport of the soul. I’m very glad with the consequence”

Mario Popovici from Sibian is likely one of the younger individuals who from an early age adopted his ardour for engines, attending to carry out at motocross competitions within the nation and overseas.

Mario is 17 years previous and a scholar at “Onisifor Ghibu” Excessive College. He made his debut this 12 months at Pink Bull Romaniacs and managed to complete the race in second place within the Bronze class, climbing on the rostrum along with the Austrian Matthias Walkner, double world champion on the Dakar.

Ardour handed from father to son

Mario had an atypical childhood. At 5 years previous, when youngsters go to kindergarten and play with vehicles, he started to be taught to journey a bike on the Lizard Hill, and some years later he already started to win necessary titles in motocross competitions overseas.

“The fervour for this sport began from childhood – I inherited it from my grandfather and father. On the age of 5 I acquired on a bike for the primary time. The entire story began on Dealul Gușteritei, in Sibiu, and from there I went to competitions in different nations. Later, I had a coach from Hungary named Kornel Nemeth, the primary and the one who introduced the most effective outcomes”, says {the teenager}.

The primary nationwide prize gained at 6 and a half years

With the assistance of coaching and fervour, Mario rapidly achieved the primary good outcomes. Though the prizes gained weren’t few in quantity, he determined, collectively along with his household, to observe this sport solely as a interest, as a result of the dangers of harm are a lot too excessive. {The teenager} continued to pursue his ardour, however from the age of 12 he stopped trying to carry out.

“The primary prize was nationwide champion within the 50 class – for the youngest youngsters -, gained at six and a half years previous, in 2011. Later, he obtained the title of Nationwide Champion in all courses and Japanese European champion within the 65 cc class – for kids over 9 years previous. It is my soul sport, I really like all the pieces about it. There are additionally harder moments, particularly these associated to accidents. These are additionally the explanations that “turned me the wrong way up” – I had fractures of the clavicle, tibia, fibula and elbow”, says Mario.

An costly interest

The fervour for motorbikes, particularly motocross or enduro ones, can value fairly a bit. From a distance plainly all you want is a bike and a few gear, however within the eyes of an fanatic, issues look utterly totally different. “It’s an costly sport from many factors of view. It is not such as you purchase a bike and that is it – you really need numerous different issues. It’s important to have gear equipment, the engine must be maintained, you want new tires – it isn’t like in soccer, you purchase a ball and that is it… If you wish to go to the races, you need to pay registrations, licenses, insurance coverage, transport. In my case, at Pink Bull Romaniacs, a number of the charges have been lined by the sponsors”, provides Mario.

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Pink Bull Romaniacs – a brand new expertise

For Mario, the expertise at Pink Bull Romaniacs was a totally new one. As a debutant in essentially the most troublesome enduro rally on this planet, he had nice feelings. Regardless of the issue of the course, {the teenager} managed to get second place within the Bronze class.

“Being my first time taking part in a brand new motor sport, I can say that it was an expertise I loved and I’d positively take part once more. It was a profitable race for me, I am very pleased with the consequence. It wasn’t simple, there was additionally a bit worry – coming from motocross – however it was a problem that I am glad I accepted. I thank everybody who stood by me and supported me,” says Mario.

Along with his ardour for motocross and enduro, he additionally performs tennis and basketball every so often.

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