GALFER CONTINUES AS OFFICIAL PARTNER OF THE 2021 BORILLI FIM ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The FIM is pleased to confirm that Galfer brake components will continue as an official partner of the Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship in 2021. The Spanish manufacturer of quality braking systems remains fully committed to supporting international motorcycle sport following a year of healthy growth across the globe.

Highly regarded in the offroad world for its high-performance products, Galfer has been the primary choice of manu top teams and riders in EnduroGP for many years. Current world champions and Beta Factory Enduro team riders Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman have both used Galfer’s Disc Wave® and Sinter Racing G1396 brake pads on their race bikes with notable success.
Between them they have won no less than nine FIM Enduro World Championship titles in the last five seasons, all of which using Galfer products. Galfer is also the number one choice of other international racing teams in EnduroGP, such as TM Boano Factory Racing, with riders Matteo Cavallo, Wil Ruprecht, Lorenzo Macoritto and Matteo Pavoni, as well as the Fantic d’Arpa Racing and WP Eric Augé teams.
Enduro features highly technical and demanding races in which high-performance braking systems are essential, ensuring riders remain in control while faced with ever changing track and weather conditions. Guaranteed braking power and precise action is key to success, which is why Galfer has always been the number one choice for elite riders in the Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship.

FIM ENDUROGP 2021 Calendar
• 18-20 June: Portuguese GP (Marco de Canaveses)
• 25-27 June: Italian GP (Edolo)
• 16-18 July: Estonian GP (Saaremaa)
• 22-24 July: Swedish GP (Skövde)
• 08-10 October: German GP (Zschopau)
• 15-17 October: French GP (Langeac)

Picture Caption: Galfer’s Disc Wave® and Sinter Racing G1396 brake pads © Galfer

TRIBUTE TO FABIO FAZI

It is with deep regret that the FIM has learnt of the sad passing of Fabio Fazi, the Director of the FIM International Technical Commission (CTI) since 2019, following a long-term illness. The Italian engineer was a member of the FIM Technical Commission since 1983, which included a decade as a Technical Member of the FIM Road Race Commission (2000-2010) and nine years as the Technical Director of the FIM Superbike World Championship (2004-2013).

Born in Ancona, Italy in 1949 Fabio gained a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in his native country in 1977. During his extended and flourishing design and engineering career Fabio successfully registered three patents relating to vehicle suspension and frames. In addition to this Fabio recorded six FIM World speed records for vehicles 85-100cc alongside Mauro Sanchini and was involved in numerous sporting projects at the highest level. This included Max Biaggi’s Electric Motorcycle Speed record achieved in 1994.


Ever active in the technical community, Fabio also published a book titled ‘La Progettazione della Motocicletta’ and wrote several scientific papers during his collaboration with various Italian Universities.


Fabio will be greatly missed by his FIM colleagues and the wider motorcycle community, with whom he worked with for many years. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this difficult time.

Picture Caption: Fabio Fazi, Director of the FIM International Technical Commission © FIM

KENYAN WOMEN BIKERS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL FEMALE RIDE DAY (IFRD)

Kenyan women bikers joined other women around the world in celebrating the International Female Ride Day (IFRD) on 1st May. There has been a significant rise in the number of ladies taking on riding and this day just goes to celebrate them and all those that aspire riding.

In recognition of our carbon footprint as riders, we partnered with @mitialliance to plant trees across the city. We marked the day by riding on some scenic routes and ended our rides at different tree planting sites- Olepolos, Karura and the Ngong Forest, Bomas area. All together we successfully planted 450 trees at Ngong Forest (BOMAS) and Karura and over 12,000 seedballs at Olepolos, Kajiado county.

As bikers, we not only ride for fun but also ride for other causes that we believe in. We have a running campaign on Road Safety and we take that with us every chance we get to ride together. We have been moving the campaign #ShareTheRoad across the country in an effort to lower road carnage on our roads. We are most vulnerable and we must take action to ensure that we do not become statistics.

Like the popular truly saying goes, “It’s not what you ride, it’s that you ride.” We hope that we inspire more and more women to ride. Get trained, grab a bike and #JustRide!!

IFRD2021KE #IFRD #GirlsWhoRide #treehuggers

REVISED 2021 FIM EWC CALENDAR WITHOUT THE 8 HOURS OF OSCHERSLEBEN

Despite the efforts of the FIM, Eurosport Events and the organizers of the 8 Hours of Oschersleben, it has not been possible to reschedule a new date for a German round of the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship.


A few weeks ago, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben race, which was initially scheduled for 23 May, had to be postponed because of health restrictions in Germany.


Since then, the FIM, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, Eurosport Events, the promoter of the FIM EWC, and the organizers of the race in Germany have been working together to reschedule the 8 Hours of Oschersleben on the 2021 calendar.


Their priority was to offer teams a new calendar compatible with their logistical organization, which would take into account the other date changes, of the 24 Heures Motos (12 and 13 June) and the 12 Hours of Estoril (17 July), as well as the organization of the Bol d’Or on 18 and 19 September and the Suzuka 8 Hours on 7 November.


The other priority was to find a date that would give the event the most international visibility after the end of the Tokyo Olympic Games.


In light of these requirements, the only suitable date was mid-August.


Despite these joint efforts, unfortunately the Oschersleben circuit was unable to cancel its previously undertaken commitments for that date.


As a result, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben will not take place during the 2021 FIM EWC season.


François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events
“We genuinely regret being unable to include the 8 Hours of Oschersleben on the 2021 calendar. Oschersleben has been part of the FIM EWC races since 1999. It is also an important race for German and East European teams, of which an ever-increasing number are entering the championship.”


Jorge Viegas, FIM President
“Despite the fact we could not find an alternative date for the traditional 8 Hours of Oschersleben, we look forward to welcoming back this race next year. In the meantime, the remainder of the 2021 FIM EWC calendar will be run as is planned, but keeping in mind that we must maintain flexibility until we are over with the pandemic. We sincerely thanks everyone involve for the continuous efforts. Please stay strong!”

UNFORTUNATE DNF IN JEREZ SCUPPERS BRAD’S #SPANISHGP HOPES

For 35 years the Circuit de Jerez – Angel Nieto has not only been one of the staple Grand Prix venues for motorcycling racing but also a popular and useful layout for testing. The familiarity of the 4.4km layout delivered some close and fascinating action throughout practice and qualification with often hundredths of a second splitting the majority of the grid.

The Gran Premio Red Bull de España began in sunny and warm conditions but in significantly lower temperatures compared to the 40 degree ‘burner’ of 2020. Brad Binder made a reasonable start from 11th on the grid and the fourth row but lost front wheel traction into the second turn of the second lap and crashed. He was able to remount and tried to catch the pack in the effort to salvage some points but another slow speed tumble at Turn 13 ended his day.

MotoGP stays in Jerez for a one-day IRTA test on Monday and travels next to the historic Le Mans circuit for the Shark Grand Prix de France on May 16th.

Brad Binder:
“I felt great in warm-up this morning and then made a good start in the race but unfortunately going into Turn 2 on the second lap it looks like I was a bit too relaxed, got on the brakes at the wrong moment and when I tipped into the corner the front just washed out. It’s a good lesson for the future to ignore where you are in the pack and keep your marks. It’s also disappointing because I had good pace all weekend and I felt good. We could have done a decent job today. Sorry to the team because they worked well all through the GP and they deserved a result.”

Published by: https://bradbinder33.com

BRAD HAPPY WITH PACE AS HE LINES UP ELEVENTH ON THE #SPANISHGP GRID

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder set the 11th fastest lap for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España and the first of four events on the Spanish mainland this season. The Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto has been staging Grand Prix for almost four decades and the short but demanding mix of fast and tight corners was another intense challenge for the MotoGP grid.

Compared to the 2020 round at the same venue twelve months ago the fourth fixture of MotoGP began in bright but cooler conditions. Brad sprung out of the pitbox to set the fastest lap in Free Practice 1 and both the South African and teammate Miguel Oliveira remained in contention for direct Q2 entry throughout Friday.

Brad suffered a crash in the entry to Turn 5 during FP3 on Saturday morning and the tumble meant he didn’t have enough time to improve. The session was incredibly close and saw the top ten separated by less than two tenths of a second.

The 15-minute Q1 dash took place in the warmest but windiest climate of the weekend and Brad set a rapid 1min 37.3 on his third attempt to sit in the first two slots for most of the period. He moved through to Q2 and the chance for a better grid position but was limited by the remaining tire choice in his allocation. He ended Saturday’s action with 11th meaning the fourth row and five positions ahead of teammate Oliveira in 16th.

Brad Binder:
“Today was a bit up and down. I felt really quite good in FP3 but made a big mistake while trying to change my line in Turn 5 and missed my braking marker by a mile. It was quite a big crash but luckily nothing serious and all is fine. Q1 was OK but difficult to make a quick, single lap and then in Q2 I had only one new tire left, so I was pretty happy with the lap I could make in the circumstances. In FP4 we had tried a few things on the bike and some worked and others didn’t but it was great to use that session in a positive way and understand some things for Sunday. Overall, I’m really happy. I think our pace for tomorrow is very good, especially for the end of the race.”

Published by: https://bradbinder33.com

COX TAKES TOP HONOURS AT ROODEBERG ENDURO

Brother Leader Tread KTM – National Enduro Round 2

Brother Leader Tread KTM walked away with top honours at the second round of the National Enduro Championship. In an epic battle for Enduro glory, Bradley Cox stormed to his second National E1 Enduro victory of the season and second overall.

The event was hosted by Roodeberg Enduro Farm – a venue in the heart of the Western Cape renowned for its unforgiving terrain and scenic mountain trails. After his blistering start the season, Cox lined-up with a fresh sense of confidence and strong determination to defend his championship lead.

It was once again Cox and championship rival Heinrich Aust that went head-to-head in a battle for the top step in the E1 Class. After a game of cat and mouse for most of the route, Cox describes “digging deep” to overtake his competitor in the final push to the finish line.

“The last time I tried to defend the red plate in an Enduro race I was recovering from a broken ankle, so I was a lot fitter this time around. I had to dig really deep to push for the victory and I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together,” said Cox.

Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Kirsten Landman also experienced a race of redemption this weekend. The rider made her comeback at the start of the season after a lengthy time off due to injury. She described the first round as a “wake-up call” and spent the last few weeks conditioning her body for the second round.

In what was an eye-catching performance, Landman managed to finish 8th in the highly competitive E2 Class and 15thoverall. She commented: “It was a tough day in the saddle, but I couldn’t be happier with the way I finished. I worked hard to condition myself for the physical demands that come with racing at this level, and I could feel that it really paid off today.”

A cherry on top of what was a successful day of racing for the team was a solid finish from new Enduro recruit Charan Moore. The multi-disciplined rider suffered an unfortunate crash at the last round of the National Cross Country Championship and was determined to put consistent laps together at this event. With a respectable fifth place in the E2 Class and eighth place overall, the rider said: “My preparation and setup were a bit off for the conditions, but I’m happy with the improvements and direction we’re moving in. It was an awesome weekend with the entire time!”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney

Picture Caption: Brad Cox storms to Enduro glory

SWANEPOEL BOUNCES BACK WITH A MOMENTOUS VICTORY

NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 2


After being forced to retire from the first round due to an illness, Brett Swanepoel was out for redemption as he lined-up for the second round of the National Enduro Championship this weekend. The event was hosted at Roodeberg Enduro Farm, Western Cape, and had everything from rocky riverbeds to unforgiving mountain climbs in store.
 
Undaunted by his less-than-ideal starting position, a determined Swanepoel set off to start clawing his way back up the leader board. On a route that demanded technical skills, immense fitness and a strong sense of grit, the rider wasted no time as he moved into the lead in the early stages of the race. Ahead of Bradley Cox and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Heinrich Aust, Swanepoel looked untouchable as he widened his gap on the rest of the field to snatch a comfortable victory.
 
“I know that my chances of winning the championship are very slim after I pulled out of the first round, but that doesn’t make me any less determined to win. I felt so confident out there on my TE 300i – I really needed a race like this this after the way the season started,” said an elated Swanepoel.
 
Teammate Aust put on an eye-catching performance this weekend as he secured yet another podium position for the season. The rider set off with a blistering pace and entered an intense bar-to-bar battle with E1 Championship rival Bradley Cox. Aust painstakingly pushed the pace up front for most of the event and was overtaken by Cox in the final race to the finish line. Pleased with a second position in his class and third place overall, the rider commented:
 
“I’m really happy with the way this season is unfolding. I knew it would be tight between Brad and I before the race even began. It’s always fun to have such a close championship – it makes things interesting! I really enjoyed how technical the terrain was today and I’m really looking forward to racing the Extreme event too,” said Aust.
 
After his team’s successful day in the saddle, Husqvarna South Africa’s Fred Fensham commented: “It was an awesome event – thanks and compliments go to the Roodeberg Farm owners and Graham and his team for a great track! On the team side, I am so proud of both our riders. Brett was outstanding as was Heinrich. Thanks to Anthony, our mechanic, for the bike prep as they did not miss a beat! Now we look forward to the first round of the Extreme series.”
 
Published by:  Fred Fensham

Picture Caption:  Star rider Brett Swanepoel at Roodeberg Enduro Farm.

INFORMATION – FIM SPEEDWAY U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2021 CALENDAR UPDATE, 05 MAY

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Speedway U21 World Championship 2021 Calendar UPDATE, 05 May.
 
Qualifying Round in Manchester cancelled, Latvia to take place in Daugavils
The FIM, national federations and local organisers involved have been forced to make the following changes to the 2021 FIM Speedway U21 World Championship calendar:
• The Qualifying Round in Manchester, Great Britain is cancelled due to the impact and restrictions associated with the ongoing pandemic.

• The Qualifying Round that was originally set to take place in Riga, Latvia has changed venue for technical reasons and will now take place in Daugavpils on June 12.

Revised 2021 calendar:
Date    FMNR    Event    Venue    Country
12 June    LaMSF    Qualifying Round    Daugavpils    Latvia
12 June    DMSB    Qualifying Round    Güstrow    Germany
04 September    DMSB    Final    Stralsund    Germany
25 September    PZM    Final    Krosno    Poland
01 October    ACCR    Final    Pardubice Czech Republic

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