SA CROSS COUNTRY BIKERS POISED TO BOUNCE BACK

What South African Cross Country Motorcycles Return to Action
Where South Africa
When From 21 August 2021
Community South Africa National

Matatiele, Delmas & Virginia on the menu as championship resumes

The South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship is all set to blast back into action following its lockdown lull, with three new National rounds confirmed through to October. The action will start with a brand-new race at Matatiele at the foot of the Berg on Saturday 21 August.

Matat is no stranger to cross country racing, having played host to the good old Roof of Africa overnight stop back in the 1970s and ‘80s and often hosted off-road races since. The town ready to welcome the cross-country bikers back for what is sure to be a tough and entertaining National organised by KZN Racing in those Drakensberg foothills for the third round of the series.

The 2021 championship commenced according to plan with the first two rounds at the Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal season opener, followed by round 2 at Modimolle in Limpopo Province in April. Those races played to the respective strengths of the KZN and Gauteng competitors and the coming three rounds will likely continue to do the same when the series returns to the Highveld for the GXCC’s 11 September Delmas round 4. Then it’s back to KwaZulu Natal for KZN Racing’s Virginia Trails on 16 October.

Looking at the season so far, KZN superstar and double reigning SA Cross Country and Enduro champion Brett Swanepoel remains the man to beat in open class OR1 aboard his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. Brett also shares the overall championship lead heading to Matatiele, but there’s a surprise behind Brett in the big class. Botswana lad D’artagnan Lobjoit sits second for the upstart Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul team in his tight battle with KZN duo Michael Pentecost’s Husqvarna and Sherco man Hayden Louw. First round winner, SA international Travis Teasdale, also out of KZN, sits fifth in OR1 on his GasGas.

Another KZN star, Brother Leader Tread KTM lad Bradley Cox shares both the overall championship lead with Swanepoel and the 250 cc OR2 class lead with MCA Dragon Energy Husqvarna’s Modomode overall winner Ian Rall. Cox shared the overall and class wins and second places with both those rivals in the opening two rounds. Upcountry motocross star Kerim Fitz-Gerald has scored an impressive couple of thirds on his Red Bull KTM, while Husqvarna lad Devan Smith, Kyle Eggar on a Yamaha and KTM rider Ruan Merry are in a tight battle for fourth in the quarter-litre chase.

They may not be related, but KZN RBS Yamaha star Dylan Cox has something else in common with Bradley. Both presently lead a 2021 South African Cross Country Motorcycle championship. Dylan’s two second places so far this season see him heading for Matat tied in the points lead of the tightest-fought 200cc OR3 class with Gauteng rider Matthew Wilson and his MCA Husqvarna. KTM man Scott Heygate sits just two points behind them, with Davin Cocker on a Husqvarna, Haydn Cole’s KTM, Husqvarna lad Erik Merry and Taki Bogiages’ Kawasaki all within six points of Heygate.

Moving on to the madalas, Free State star Wade Blaauw is unbeaten among the over-30 Seniors so far this season on his Roost KTM. Kawasaki man Deon du Toit is keeping him honest in that championship chase with Stuart Gregory’s KTM, Yamaha duo Marco Cocci and Elize Olivier and Brad Clarke on a Husqvarna in pursuit. Greg Nairn’s Husqvarna is likewise unbeaten in over-40s Masters, but he has Carel le Roux’s KTM, Yamaha men Marius de Klerk and Martin Poole, Ernst Slabbert on a KTM and Pieter Holl’s Kawasaki on his case.

And in the school kid classes, first round winner, KTM kid Dylan Jones leads the High School class by a handful of points over round 2 winner, Sherco lad Branden Swanepoel. Dylan’s brother Damon Cox on a Yamaha, shares third with John with Derek Karam fifth on his KTM.
Round 2 winner Thomas Scales leads the Junior chase on his KTM ahead of Husqvarna trio, Cobus Bester, Lucian Meyer and first Race Winner Brandon Clarke.

It’s super-tight in the manufacturer’s championship too, with Husqvarna leading the way on 307 points and KTM just four behind on 303. Yamaha sits third under pressure from the returning Kawasaki team.

All in all, no single rider is in a safe championship position as the South African Cross Country Motorcycle racers limber up to resume racing following this latest lockdown lull. And where better than Matatiele to get the show back on the road? Bring it on!

Issued on behalf of SA Cross Country Moto

DEEP SAND OF LOMMEL AWAITS MXGP ACTION THIS WEEKEND!

MONACO (Principality of Monaco) 28 July 2021 – The time has come for the FIM Motocross World Championship to head to the deep sand of Lommel for the MXGP of Flanders-Belgium!


Every season, the Belgian Grand Prix is one of the most talked about races of the year as the track is considered to be the heartland of motocross and has played a vital part in the Motocross World Championship for many years, becoming known as one of the toughest sand circuits in the world.


Many memorable races have taken place in Lommel, including the 1981 Motocross of Nations and total of 18 Grand Prix’s since 1990, including last year’s triple-header!


During the Belgian triple-header, we saw Team HRC’s Tim Gajser take two out of the three victories, while Jorge Prado of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing was the overall winner during the second of three GP’s. Meanwhile in MX2, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle won the first two events, while Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Watson finished off his MX2 career with a high to secure his first MX2 overall victory.


Other winners at the popular sand circuit include the likes of Marnicq Bervoets, Stefan Everts, Avo Leok, Ken Roczen, Max Anstie, Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli.


The MXGP of Flanders-Belgium will be even more exciting this season as the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship riders will make their very first appearance in Lommel for round two of the championship, as defending world champion Courtney Duncan of Bike it MTX Kawasaki will look to continue her dominant force with another solid result, while Larissa Papenmeier of Yamaha Racing 423 will look to keep the championship gap close, as Nancy Van De Ven and Kiara Fontanesi will look to get themselves on the podium after a tough weekend in Loket.


This weekend’s races will also see round two of the EMX2t Presented by FMF Racing as Fantic Factory Team Maddii’s Maximilian Spies will enter the race in Lommel as the championship leader looking to keep that gap to Verde Substance KTM’s Brad Anderson and his teammate Federico Tuani. Former MXGP rider Ken De Dycker will also make a wildcard appearance in the EMX2t category this weekend, so it will be interesting to see if he can make things interesting for the leaders.


In addition, there will also be races of the EMX250 category, as Fantic Factory Team Maddii’s Nicholas Lapucci will look to keep the red plate on his Fantic machine and keep SM Action Racing Team YUASA Battery’s Kevin Horgmo, Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing’s Andrea Bonacorsi, Liam Everts of KTM Liamski and Rick Elzinga of TBS Conversions KTM Racing Team at bay.


This weekend will be a chance for Team HRC’s Tim Gajser to claw back some valuable championship points that he lost out on in Loket due to the crash in the second race. Last season, Gajser won four of the six races that took place in Lommel during the Belgian triple-header, so entering the races this weekend, he is likely to pick up where he left off last time around.


Of course, there’s a field of riders who won’t make this easy, one of those riders being Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli who will look to continue his podium streak as he chases his fifth consecutive top three finish. Last time Cairoli was victorious in Lommel was 2014, so a GP victory in the sand is well overdue and it will be interesting to see how he can manage this weekend.


His young teammate, Jorge Prado will aim to make two GP wins on the bounce after his first podium of 2021 in Loket last weekend. Prado has somewhat struggled at the beginning of the year, though it looks like the Spaniard is picking up the pace now, as he proved this in Czech Republic with his race one win and GP victory.


Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Romain Febvre will look for redemption in Lommel after some tough races in Oss and Loket. For Febvre staying on two wheels and consistency is the only thing missing, as he’s finding it tough to put together two strong races, which would put him in the fight for the podium and more importantly for the overall.


Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing riders Glenn Coldenhoff, Jeremy Seewer and Ben Watson are all within a fighting chance of some top results this weekend and even podium finishes. Last year in Lommel Watson secured two race wins and his first MX2 overall, so no doubt he will have an extra boost of confidence coming back to the circuit this weekend. While his teammate Seewer will enter the Belgian GP off the back of his first podium finish this season which is a big confidence boost for the Swiss who struggled in the beginning of the year.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Arminas Jasikonis could shine this weekend as the tall Lithuanian has been making great progress in getting back up to speed during the last couple of GP’s. While the races in Loket didn’t deliver on the results Jasikonis would have wanted, we did however see a glimpse of what can be expected in Oss as he rode his way to a top 10 finish for the first time this season.


For Gebben Van Venrooy Racing’s Brent Van Doninck and Kevin Strijbos, along with Beta SDM Corse Motocross Team’s Jeremy Van Horebeek the races this weekend will be extra special, as the trio will want to put on their best performance for their home Grand Prix.


But the biggest talking point as we enter the sand races is whether or not Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings will make his return after a shoulder blade injury sustained in Oss. Herlings revealed in an interview with Lisa Leyland that he would want to return for Lommel in order to keep his championship chase alive, though the smart decision would be to return a couple of weeks later. So, it will be interesting to see what decision the team and Herlings make and whether we will see him line-up for the sand race on Sunday.


MXGP of Flanders-Belgium Top 3 MXGP:

  • 1. Tim Gajser
  • 2. Gautier Paulin
  • 3. Jorge Prado

In MX2, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Maxime Renaux will enter the sixth round of the series as the championship leader by just two points over Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Mattia Guadagnini who was the overall winner in Loket. There is no doubt both riders will want to do their best this weekend to gain some valuable championship points.


Thibault Benistant from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing is a rider to look out for as he will line-up in Lommel after his maiden MX2 podium in Loket, after a 9-1 result. Last season, Benistant was impressive in the deep sand of Lommel as he chased his EMX250 title, so it will be interesting to see where he will match-up in the sand among the other MX2 riders.


For the third factory Yamaha rider, Jago Geerts, the home Grand Prix this weekend will be another chance for him to have some good races to get himself back on the podium and make his way up the championship standings. Last year the three races in Lommel were a mix for Geerts who struggled to keep it on two wheels, so hopefully this season he will be able to show what he is capable of in the sand.


Meanwhile Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle will continue his return after injury. Last week in Loket saw Vialle finish second behind Guadagnini in race one, while in the second race, the Frenchman went down twice and did not finish the race. Hopefully the crashes of last season have not been a set-back in his recovery and he can continue to get back to grips and defend his title.


Finally, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton and Kay De Wolf have been very promising so far this season as the pair have regularly been running at the top end of the field. In the sand race in Oss, the pair were second and third on the podium as they both challenged for race wins, so it will be good to see them do the same this time around.


Missing this weekend will be F&H Kawasaki Racing’s Roan Van De Moosdijk who would’ve been among the favourites for this sand race. The Dutchman unfortunately broke his scaphoid after a crash in Loket and has undergone surgery this week to repair it.


MXGP of Flanders-Belgium Top 3 MX2:

  • 1. Tom Vialle
  • 2. Jago Geerts
  • 3. Ben Watson

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 179 points; 2. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 177 p.; 3. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 165 p.; 4. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 149 p.; 5. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 146 p.; 6. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 142 p.; 7. Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 140 p.; 8. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 137 p.; 9. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 132 p.; 10. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 114 p.;

TIMETABLE (Local Timing GMT+2)
SATURDAY: 07:45 EMX2t Free Practice, 08:10 WMX Free Practice, 08:35 EMX250 Group 1 Free Practice, 09:00 EMX250 Group 2 Free Practice, 09:30 EMX2t Qualifying Practice, 10:05 WMX Qualifying Practice, 10:40 EMX250 Group 1 Qualifying Practice, 11:15 EMX250 Group 2 Qualifying Practice, 12:20 EMX2t Race 1, 13:10 WMX Race 1, 13:55 EMX250 Race 1, 14:50 EMX2t Race 2, 15:40 WMX Race 2, 16:35 EMX250 Race 2.


SUNDAY: 09:15 MX2 Free/Time Practice, 10:15 MXGP Free/Time Practice, 12:15 MX2 Race 1, 13:15 MXGP Race 1, 15:10 MX2 Race 2, 16:10 MXGP Race 2.

DANCE FLOORS ‘EM!

2021 FIM Trial World Championships – Tolmezzo -(ITA), Sunday 13 June 2021, Race 2, Trial 125, Jack Dance (Gas Gas)

Trial125 is the lowest rung on the TrialGP ladder and represents the ideal starting point for anyone looking to progress to the very highest level. Since 2004, British riders have won it on no fewer than six occasions – more than any other nation – and following last month’s opening round at Tolmezzo in Italy they hold the first three positions.

Setting the pace at the front is 16-year-old Jack Dance who won the opening day’s competition at the Italian TrialGP and backed this up with second on day two to open up an early four-point advantage over Harry Turner (Scorpa) with Harry Hemingway (Beta) a further five adrift in third.

“Obviously, the first round is always a bit of an unknown quantity because you don’t know who’s been training the hardest so to win on the opening day in Italy was a big confidence boost,” said Dance. “On the second day it was a tight trial so I just had to keep my focus.

“It’s great that British riders are filling the first three spaces after the Italian TrialGP and I know I’ll have to get my act together to stay above both of them.”

A five-time national champion, Dance has been riding since he was three and was part of the first generation of riders to cut their teeth on an electric bike when he landed a deal with OSET.

“I was one of the first people in England to ride one and now there are so many riders coming through in the Trial World Championship who started on them. I know that’s a big thing for OSET owner Ian Smith and his son Oliver that so many of their riders are coming through the ranks.”

Dance got an early introduction to the sport thanks to his father.

“My dad used to ride. He was pretty decent and we used to ride abroad sometimes – the French Four-Day and some trials in Belgium. That’s what got me hooked – I just used to ride around in the paddock.”

Now in just his second season in the series after finishing fourth last year, Dance’s dedication – he regularly makes a 400-mile round trip from his home just so he can practice – is paying off and he’s setting his sights on one day graduating to the premier class.

“I’ve always wanted to compete against riders who were better than me and challenge myself. I’ll hopefully go all the way [up to TrialGP] – that’s my ambition. I’d like to pursue it as my career.”

The Trial125 class bursts back into action alongside the TrialGP, Trial2 and Trial-E classes at round three of the 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship – the Andorran TrialGP – on August 20-22.

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SECOND POSITION FOR ODENDAAL IN RACE ONE AND A HEROIC PERFORMANCE IN RACE 2 AFTER A RACE

Round four of the 2021 World Supersport Championship took place last weekend on the legendary Dutch circuit of Assen.

There were only two clear candidates for the win from the start of the weekend, Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. Racing Team) and his closest championship rival, Dominique Aegerter, with the pair being half a second clear off the rest of the pack in free practice.

Starting from the second position of the grid, the young South African got the hole shot before pulling away together with Aegerter and taking a second position in race 1 after the chequered flag. Whilst the weather looked unpredictable on Sunday morning, the second WorldSSP race was dry in the end and very much resembled race 1 from the outset, with Odendaal and Aegerter able to break away after an initial battle in the first laps and with only Philipp Oettl able to stay with them in the opening stages of the race. Getting held up in a battle with Jules Cluzel at the beginning, the Evan Bros. Racing Team rider was in the process of closing a small gap on the leading duo when he made a mistake and crashed out. He was able to re-join in 20th position and, setting the same lap times as Aegerter in the front, finish the race in 13th position.

Steven Odendaal (2nd, 13th): “The first race went really well. We gambled a bit with the tyre choice and decided to go with the harder compound, whereas Aegerter had the softer. I think that’s the reason why he had a small advantage at the end because I did not have enough grip in the final laps to pass him. We decided to use the softer tyre in the second race but I made a mistake. Luckily my crash was small and I was still able to salvage a couple of points but it was very disappointing seeing that I was the only person on track doing the same lap times as Aegerter at the end and I was not able to challenge him for the win. We will be back stronger in Most and fight for the win again. Thanks to my team, sponsors and everyone who’s been supporting me this year. The championship is still wide open with 16 races left, we are sitting comfortably in second position in the standings and we only have one objective going forward.”

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2021 BORILLI FIM ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS NORTH!

The 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship returns to action this weekend as the series leaves southern Europe and heads north for the first of two consecutive events that will unquestionably play a decisive role in the series’ eventual outcome.

First visiting the sandy tracks and trails of Saaremaa, Estonia the championship then passes its halfway point as it crosses the Baltic Sea to Skövde in Sweden for round four. With competitors having had just two weeks to re-group following the intense opening rounds in Portugal and Italy, the northern European tour will bring with it an important change of terrain as it challenges the world’s fastest enduro racers in its own very sandy, forest covered way!


As the much-anticipated middle chapter of the series, and followed by a lengthy summer break that will allow many competitors to race in this year’s FIM International Six Days Enduro in Italy, both the GP of Estonia and the GP of Sweden will, inevitably, stamp their own unique marks on the series. With the championship making a welcome return to Estonia, which it visited for the first time ever back in 2018, Sweden will once again offer its legendary forests to the series as the battle for EnduroGP glory rolls on.


So far, it’s been Britain’s Brad Freeman (Beta) who has had the upper hand in this year’s EnduroGP World Championship. Claiming three overall day wins from four starts to hold a 10-point lead at the top of the class, the tall Brit is comfortably placed and ready to play in the sand in Saaremaa. A rider that is every bit as fast in the soft stuff as he is on hard-pack, racing his 300cc two-stroke, Brad will again be looking for day wins and, if possible, a maximum-points haul.


Behind Freeman, knowing that no one can afford to let the 2019 FIM EnduroGP champion build upon his early series winning form, Wil Ruprecht (TM), Steve Holcombe (Beta) and Josep Garcia (KTM) are ready to step up and challenge for victory. But it’s Ruprecht, second in the EnduroGP championship and the only rider to have taken a day win away from Freeman so far in 2021, who is best placed to use the four days of racing on offer in Estonia and Sweden to wrestle the championship lead away from his Beta mounted rival. In doing so, the Australian would ensure the EnduroGP title fight stays as close as possible heading into the summer break.

It’s a similar story for both defending EnduroGP champion Steve Holcombe (Beta) and Spain’s Josep Garcia (KTM) with each rider hoping to overcome what were frustrating opening rounds and show their true form in Estonia and Sweden.

Unable to compete at his best through injury at round two, Holcombe is ready to get back to winning ways while Garcia knows that his hard-charging riding style will be well-suited to the sandy Estonian special tests. Needing to show that just like Freeman and Ruprecht they too have the pace to win, Holcombe and Garcia will be looking to ensure a four-rider fight for the top step of the EnduroGP podium.


In Enduro1 the two-rider battle between Italians Andrea Verona (GASGAS) and Davide Guarneri (Fantic) looks set to continue as defending class champion Verona and veteran racer Guarneri step away from their home round of the series and take their class battle into forests that will offer no rider any advantage. Looking to continue the run of podium finishes he enjoyed at the Italian GP, Belgium’s Antoine Magain (Sherco) will likely again be the closest challenger to the speedy Italians.
With only one rider having beaten him in Enduro2 class competition so far in 2021, Wil Ruprecht (TM) carries a huge amount of confidence into the Estonian and Swedish rounds of the series, as well as a clear 10-point class lead over Steve Holcombe (Beta).


But with Holcombe looking to bounce back from injury and with Josep Garcia (KTM) just one-point adrift of the Brit, it’s going to be game on in the Enduro2 class. Add into the mix New Zealand’s Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) who is searching for his first ever senior class podium result, and Finn, Eero Remes (TM) who welcomes the series arrival a little closer to his home, and there’s going to be no shortage of action.


Dominating the Enduro3 class standings with four convincing wins, few riders look capable of stopping Brad Freeman (Beta) marching towards yet more day wins in Estonia and Sweden. The real action in E3 will be for the second and third place podium positions between Spain’s Jaume Betriu (KTM) and Manx brothers Danny (Sherco) and Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna).


Ensuring the northern Europe tour will sign off on a high note, the GP of Sweden will welcome the Enduro Women’s class back to the series. With Spain’s Mireia Badia (GASGAS) and Laia Sanz (GASGAS) topping the standings on 35 points each, and with Britain’s Jane Daniels (Fantic) right behind in third, there’s everything to play for with the fourth round of the 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship sure to serve up yet more exciting racing.

Picture Caption: Next stop Estonia and Sweden – the 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship is heading north! © Future7 Media

COVID19 LOCKDOWN DEADLOCKS MXOAN ROUND

The 42 days country covid 19 lockdown has further affected sport, with Uganda set to host the continental motocross championship asking for a postponement.

The 2021 Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) was set for August 6th-8th, 2021 at Victoria Raceway Park at Garuga.

With the 42 days lockdown, ending on 30th July, just a week before the event, organisers have already requested the continental governing body, FIM Africa to extend the event to a further date like three months later, as the covid wave settles down.

However, it is not clear whether the President will extend the lockdown at the end of 42 days.

“We are consulting with FIM Africa on a new date that will be pronounced,” said Kisitu Mayanja, FMU Vice President Motorcycling.

Mayanja who also doubles as the local jury member to the African commission explained that it is unfortunate that even sponsors are still on the fence, with none coming out openly as they target numbers at such big events.

“As a technical arm of the Federation, we have played our part, only waiting for FIM Africa to clear us,” further explained Mayanja.

Amongst other things awaiting clearance from FIM Africa, is the rule interpretation involved in the extension of the event. FIM Africa rule states, the continental event shall be held in the month of July or August every year.

Uganda was set to host the continental event in 2020 but it did not happen as covid broke out and led to the initial lockdown globally. The pandemic has continued to affect sport calendars all around the world.

Published by: FMU Media

SIX UGANDAN RIDERS OUT TO COMPETE WITH KENYANS IN THEIR MX ROUND.

In a bid to keep fit, competitive Semka Racing Academy has fielded a team of four riders joined by two Uganda Lodges-sponsored riders, Kylan and Zion in the weekends sixth round of the Kenyan national motocross championship.

The two-day event is set to be held at Jamhuri Park, located on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.

Amongst Ugandan riders taking part, are the katende brothers Miguel and Jonathan, Wekesa brothers Kylan and Zion, Jerome Mubiru and Filbert Muwonge, son of two-time National rally champion, Susan ‘superlady’ Muwonge.

The Lato Milk-sponsored Katende Brothers will be battling Kenyan creme de la creme in the Junior classes of MX65 and 50cc, respectively.

Kylan Wekesa who will be riding on Honda250 model 2020 will compete as a guest rider in the combined MX1 and MX2, as his little brother Zion will be riding on KTM65 competing in MX65Cc class.

Mubiru and Muwonge will be competing in MX50.

In their last outing in round 5, Miguel won MX65 and Jonathan was 2nd.

The duo has been used by their Kenyan counterparts as the benchmark in the 65 and 50cc classes.

Published by:  FMU Media

Photography by:  Innocent Mutaawe and John Batanudde

FIM LAUNCHES E-XPLORER: NEW ALL-ELECTRIC OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE SERIES COMMENCING IN 2022

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the global governing body of motorcycle racing, has today confirmed the launch of a new international all-electric off-road motorcycle series entitled the FIM E-Xplorer World Cup.

Kicking off in early 2022, the series will be a world first at this elite level and is set to continue the growing appetite for electric motorsport. Leaders in this sector, the FIM started competitions for electric powered motorcycles in circuit racing back in 2010 with the FIM E-Power International Championship – the forerunner to the current MotoE series – and in more recent years off-road competition with the FIM EBike Enduro World Cup, the FIM E-XBike World Cup and the FIM Trial-E World Cup.


Sanctioned by the FIM, the series will be run by CEO and Promoter Valentin Guyonnet, who has more than a decade of experience working as part of motorsports’ world governing body and will be joined by the highly regarded global sports marketing and events developer Carina Munte as CCO. In addition, the series is backed by Alejandro Agag, CEO of Extreme E and Chairman of Formula E and the E1 Series, plus Eric Peronnard, respected promoter and sporting advisor of ESPN X-Games and Red Bull Straight Rhythm.


Five races are set to take place during the first season in a mixture of urban and natural environments across the globe, with provisional locations ranging from the United States to Switzerland, all designed to encourage viewers to explore the outdoors whilst minimising any environmental impact.


A total of 10 teams will each compete with two riders; one male and one female and be made up of a mixture of leading OEMs and existing professional race teams. Competitors will race on two-wheel off-road motorcycles propelled by a single 100% electric motor with a maximum weight of 130kg. A review process will also be carried out this month to identify additional manufacturer needs, alongside a rigorous testing programme which is already underway.


Jorge Viegas, President of the FIM, said: “The FIM has long been a leader and a strong advocate of sustainability in sport, our FIM Environmental code is both extensive and seen by many others as the benchmark for delivering sustainable events, so our continued and growing commitment to integrating electric motorcycles into our existing championships has always been a natural path. However, the FIM E-Xplorer World Cup marks a significant moment on this important journey. The FIM is proud to be part of this exciting new project and will provide all the necessary support to ensure its success during its inaugural season and long into the future during which time electric power will become a dominant player in our sport.”


Alejandro Agag, regarded as one of the pioneers of sustainable motorsport and a supporter of the new series, said: “I have always had a vision that the future of motorsport should be electric, and that is now being realised. From where it all started with Formula E, to Extreme E, the E1 Series and now, and now E-Xplorer. The FIM, Eric Peronnard and the highly experienced team at E-Xplorer, have big plans and names to reveal over the coming weeks and months as they prepare for next year’s inaugural event and what I have no doubt will further promote the electric revolution on two-wheels.”


Renowned motorcycle promoter Eric Peronnard joins the project as a consultant and added: “We are long overdue a credible motorcycle series in the off-road segment and for me E-Xplorer is it. I’ve been a fan of electric bikes from the get-go – even creating the first electric motorcycle race in 2008 – and been riding them ever since they’ve been on the market; they’re quiet, better for the planet, better for racing and simply more fun! Having a platform like E-Xplorer presents the ideal opportunity for manufacturers to come onboard to showcase not only their technology but their support for the future of riding.”


E-Xplorer CEO Valentin Guyonnet said: “We are delighted to be making this announcement today alongside the FIM. We have seen the growing trend for electric racing and the fusion of sport and sustainability, so for us the next step was to expand that to motorcycling. In addition to creating a platform to test electric two-wheel technology, we want to challenge the current perception of motorbikes and their riders to excite the next generation, and to present a global e-mobility solution that isn’t just limited to cars.”


He added: “The interest we’ve already had from recognised manufacturers and leading riders is incredible and we’re looking forward to sharing details in due course in time for our global launch event.”


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About E-Xplorer
Commencing in early 2022, the FIM E-Xplorer World Cup (pronounced ‘explorer’) is the new international all-electric off-road motorcycle series – fusing action-packed racing, technical innovation, sustainability and exploration.


Backed by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and supported by the likes of Alejandro Agag and Eric Peronnard, the series will see 10 teams and 20 riders compete in five global events spanning a mix of urban and natural outdoor locations. Aiming to harness the growing appetite for the electrification of motorsport, the series will act as a test bed for two-wheel technology, as well as appealing to the next generation of climate-conscious fans.


E-Xplorer is headed up by Chief Executive Officer Valentin Guyonnet, Chief Championship Officer Carina Munte and Chief Financial Officer Pierre-Edouard Jumel. Combined, the three boast nearly 40 years’ experience in motorsports, marketing, business and event management having worked for motorsports’ world governing body and Formula E.


Putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront of its agenda, teams must race with one male and one female rider on specially designed battery-powered bikes over a mix of time trial and head-to-head races, competing for both a teams’ and a riders’ championship title.

Picture Caption:  The new FIM E-Xplorer World Cup sees 10 teams and 20 riders featuring both male and female participants © Teddy Morellec

DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR FREEMAN AT ACERBIS GP OF ITALY

Britain’s Brad Freeman (Beta) had a lot to celebrate at the close of the second round of the Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship in Italy having put the finishing touches to a superb weekend with a dominant victory on day two. Claiming a double EnduroGP class win in Edolo, the Beta rider extends his lead at the top of the standings over his closest rival, Australian Will Ruprecht (TM). In Enduro Junior home favourite Matteo Pavoni (TM) topped the classification for the second day running, while Sweden’s Albin Norrbin (Fantic) led home a Fantic 1-2-3 in Enduro Youth.

EnduroGP class – Freeman has them covered
After an incredibly close-fought battle for victory on day one in Edolo between Freeman and Ruprecht, all eyes were focused on the duo to see who would have the edge on Sunday. A fast-starting Ruprecht put his TM out front on the opening CHAMPION Enduro Test, but Freeman then hit his stride, topping the next three tests. Pulling nine seconds clear, he broke the spirits of the Australian and kept extending his lead. Picking up another four wins from the remaining eight tests, it allowed the Beta rider to take charge of the proceedings and top the podium by 27 seconds.


While proving super consistent, Ruprecht never quite had the measure of Freeman in the afternoon and had to be content with the runner-up result. But with three podium results from four starts after two rounds, the EnduroGP class rookie is certainly proving himself to be the real deal in 2021.


After a disappointing outing on day one for eighth, Britain’s Steve Holcombe (Beta) regrouped strongly for third overall. The EnduroGP champion looked out of sorts yesterday due to a broken rib sustained last weekend in Portugal. Highlighted by a top time in the ACERBIS Cross Test, Holcombe was back on the pace.


Looking for his first podium of the year in EnduroGP, Italy’s Andrea Verona (GASGAS) got close, but just not close enough. Two seconds behind Holcombe, he missed his shot of a home podium with fourth following a mistake on the day’s closing special test. Slipping two places back down the order over his Saturday result, Spain’s Josep Garcia (KTM) completed the top five.


“It’s been brilliant to pick up a double win this weekend, I can’t ask for more than that!” told Freeman. “After yesterday’s effort I knew another four laps today would be hard work. I rode good this morning and that made the difference for sure , I was able to control things from there.”

Enduro1 – Verona does the double
While an EnduroGP podium eluded him, Verona made it count in Enduro1 by claiming his second victory of the weekend. Best mastering the technical Edolo terrain, the GASGAS rider controlled the proceedings throughout the day. Runner-up for the second time in Italy, Fantic’s Davide Guarneri didn’t get the home GP win he came for. Another consistent ride from Belgium’s Antoine Magain (Sherco) saw him complete the podium with third. Davide Soreca (Husqvarna) and Samuele Bernardini (Honda) ensured Italy locked out four of the top five Enduro1 placings.


Enduro2 – Ruprecht topped the class
With the EnduroGP victory escaping him, Ruprecht added to his Enduro2 win tally on day two. Holding the upper hand over his classmates, the Australian had things under control with a 57-second margin of victory. Feeling more on pace than the previous day, Holcombe ended his day in second, while Garcia completed the top three. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) remained solid as ever taking a fourth-place result for the fourth time, but the New Zealand rider must surely be looking to land that podium finish next time out. After his stunning top-three finish yesterday, Hard Enduro specialist Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) backed it up with fifth today.
“It’s been a tough weekend,” said Holcombe. “I actually came into this race with a broken rib following a crash last time out in Portugal, so it’s been a struggle to be honest. I lacked strength on the bike and that showed yesterday. Today I just accepted the injury and rode for enjoyment, and it definitely helped me to find a better rhythm for third.”

Enduro3 – Fourth win for Freeman
As ever Freeman ruled supreme in Enduro3, securing his fourth win in as many races. With yet another clean sweep of special test times, he remains untroubled in the class. Behind Freeman, Spain’s Jaume Betriu (KTM) appears to have the measure of everyone else, finishing in second for the fourth time. While Freeman won by three minutes yesterday, the Spaniard narrowed that gap to just under two minutes today. Daniel McCanney (Sherco) got the better of his brother Jamie on day two to make a return to the Enduro3 podium with third. With the McCanney brothers third and fourth, Giacomo Redondi (GASGAS) took fifth.


Enduro Junior – Double victory for Pavoni
The Enduro Junior class saw Matteo Pavoni record a double victory on home soil thanks to his win on Sunday. But he was pushed all the way by teammate Lorenzo Macoritto (TM). Locked in a battle for much of the day, Pavoni held his nerve to secure the win by just two seconds. Behind the Italian duo, France’s Leo Le Quere (Sherco) took third, with Finland’s Roni Kytonen (Honda) fourth and Max Ahlin (Husqvarna) fifth.


“It’s been a fantastic weekend. To win on home soil is just an amazing feeling,” said Pavoni. “It’s been a great battle today with my teammate Lorenzo. He had the pace in the Enduro Test, but I think I controlled things better and got it done.”


Enduro Youth – Norrbin and Edmondson lead the way
Setting a trend so far in 2021, Albin Norrbin rose to the top of the Enduro Youth podium on day two. Norrbin and his Fantic teammate Harry Edmondson are proving the dominant pair of the category, sharing wins between them. With Edmondson second to Norrbin, the duo end round two tied on points for the championship lead. Kevin Cristino (Fantic) secured his fourth podium result with third place, while Leo Joyon (Beta) and Gabriele Pasinette (Beta) finished fourth and fifth respectively.


The 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship takes a two-week break before returning with back-to-back rounds, beginning with the GP of Estonia on July 16-18, and followed by the GP of Sweden on July 22-24.

Full results at EnduroGP.com

Picture Caption: Fast, consistent, unbeatable… Brad Freeman (Beta) earned EnduroGP class victory on day two © Future7 Media

POSTPONEMENT 2021 MXOAN/AJOURNEMENT DU MXOAN 2021

Dear FMN’s,

Due to the 42 day lockdown recently imposed in Uganda, which ends approx.. a week before the start of the 2021 MXOAN, the FIM Africa Council in consultation with the MX Working Group have agreed to postpone the event to a later date.

We hope that by postponing to a later date, it will not only assist the organisers with their planning, but that more importantly the “wave” they are currently experiencing would have passed.

A new date will be communicated to all FMN’s in due course.

Kind regards

MARCO COMANA
President – FIM AFRICA


Chers FMN,

En raison du confinement de 42 jours récemment imposé en Ouganda et qui se termine environ. une semaine avant le début du MXOAN 2021, le Conseil Africain de la FIM, en consultation avec le Groupe de travail MX, a convenu de reporter l’événement à une date ultérieure.

Nous espérons qu’en reportant à une date ultérieure, cela aidera non seulement les organisateurs dans leur planification, mais surtout que la « vague » qu’ils connaissent actuellement serait passée.

Une nouvelle date sera communiquée à tous les FMN en temps voulu.

Kind regards

MARCO COMANA
President – FIM AFRICA

2021 BOL D’OR TO BE HIGH-PRESSURE RACE

After two spectacular and hotly fought rounds at Le Mans and Estoril, the race for the 2021 FIM EWC title is wide open. With only a small points difference separating the favourites at the top of the provisional standings, the Bol d’Or on the Paul Ricard circuit on 18 and 19 September is set to be a high-pressure race.


With 65 points maximum available to win at the Bol d’Or, the 2021 FIM EWC world standings could once again be shaken up at Le Castellet.


The 24 Heures Motos saw Yoshimura SERT Motul triumph and the 12 Hours of Estoril ended with a victory for F.C.C. TSR Honda France. But Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar now lead the provisional standings after finishing both times on the 2nd step of the podium, ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France, le BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team (3rd in the first two races), and Yoshimura SERT Motul. The four teams are within 11 points of each other. Just behind them is VRD Igol Experiences. The top independent team amid the factory outfits, they are ahead of ERC Endurance-Ducati, who finished 7th and 8th in the first two races of the season, and YART–Yamaha Official EWC Team, who are being dogged by bad luck despite performances that always take them to the front of the race.


A high-energy Bol d’Or with spectators
The 24-hour race on the Paul Ricard circuit on 18 and 19 September will be a high-energy contest with each team chasing their particular goals.


The Kawasaki team will fight to stay in the lead. F.C.C. TSR Honda France want to move up in the world standings. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team are still working to claim their first FIM EWC win. Yoshimura SERT Motul have to get things back on track after two crashes at Estoril. VRD Igol Experiences continue to be the top independent team capable of finishing on the podium. ERC Endurance-Ducati are continuing to develop their Panigale to turn it into the perfect Endurance machine. YART–Yamaha Official EWC Team will get to Le Castellet gunning for the win because victory at any cost is their only possible strategy.


All in all, it looks set to be an exceptional race with other teams such as Wójcik Racing Team, Moto Ain, Tati Team Beringer Racing and Bolliger Team Switzerland also expected to be in the leading pack.


The energy will be there from the fans too. The 2021 Bol d’Or is scheduled to take place on 18 and 19 September with spectators back in attendance, a first since the start of the coronavirus crisis in early 2020.

INFORMATION – FIM MXGP/MX2/WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – CALENDAR UPDATE, 27 JULY

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s Motocross World Championships 2021 Calendar UPDATE, 27 July.

The FIM and Infront Moto Racing are delighted to reveal that this season, the FIM Motocross World Championship will see two Grand Prix’s taking place in Turkey, with the MXGP of Turkey and MXGP of Afyon.

Afyonkarahisar is still quite new to the MXGP calendar, having hosted just two GP’s in 2018 and 2019, with past winners including the likes of Thomas Covington, Jorge Prado and Jeffrey Herlings who won at this venue on both occasions in MXGP.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey has successfully managed and kept the virus under control with its strong health system and therefore it has been decided to hold one more round of MXGP in Afyonkarahisar, the City of Sports.

This year’s Turkish Grand Prix will host the first double-header of 2021 under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey. The MXGP of Turkey will go ahead as originally planned on the 4th/ 5th of September, while the second event, the MXGP of Afyon will take place mid-week on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, the 7th/ 8th of September to replace the MXGP of Sweden that was postponed previously to 2022.  

Along with the MXGP and MX2 races, the Turkish double-header will also see rounds of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and the EMXOpen and EMX2t Presented by FMF Racing.  

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