FIM SUPPORTS GENDER EQUALITY

On International Women’s Day, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) celebrates the achievements of women in motorcycling and highlights the importance of gender equality.

The theme of the 2021 International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge highlights that we can all choose to challenge, call out inequality and contribute to a more inclusive world.The FIM, together with its Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM), are encouraging the national federations to welcome more women within their respective organisations and to empower more women to reach leadership positions. Currently, only 3 out of the 115 national federations have a woman as President, despite the fact that many women are involved in different roles within the motorcycling world. On this special day, the FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission will showcase on its Facebook page several women with responsibilities from all over the world who are working for their national federations. This campaign will continue with a new portrait to be published every Wednesday until the end of the year.

FIM President Jorge Viegas: “At the FIM headquarters, we have 50% women and 50% men working but we need more gender diversity in every segments of the motorcycling world, including within the national federations. Reaching more diversity at national level will enable the FIM to involve more women from different countries at international level. I encourage the whole motorcycling world to join this action and support gender equality as it is very important for all of us.”


FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) Director Nita Korhonen: “It is clear that diversity is needed in every organisation and in order to succeed, gender equality should be natural. This year, the CFM will organise an online conference entitled “Paving the Way to Leadership” and provide specific training possibilities for women within our national federations with a view to enabling FMNs to have more talented future leaders.”

SOUTH AFRICAN SHOWDOWN IN RUGGED NATAL  

Image from the first round of the National Cross-Country held in Jolivet. Captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SEASON OPENER


South Africa’s top racing talent gathered in Jolivet, KwaZulu-Natal, for the start of the National Cross Country Championship last weekend. All eyes were on Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Brett Swanepoel, who lined up as the reigning 2020 champion in not only the prestigious OR1 Class, but overall.

In what the rider describes as one of the most memorable races of his career, he found himself in a bar-to-bar battle with the likes of Wade Young, Scott Bouverie and Bradley Cox.

He commented, “We had five really tough laps to get through and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a race! The track was world-class. It felt like a motocross event with the way we were overtaking each other constantly. I felt so strong on my FX 450, even through the tight forest trails, and managed to get right up front.”

After a slight change in suspension set up on lap three, Swanepoel set off with a blistering pace in an attempt to make up time on the final two laps. With a third place overall and second place in the OR1 Class, Swanepoel couldn’t be happier with the way the season started: “I charged really hard and managed to close the gap and make up the time I had lost. It was the best race I’ve ever had and the whole event was of an international standard,” he said.

Adding to the excitement around the Husqvarna camp was the debut of the team’s newest recruit – the talent-stacked Davin Cocker. Having come painfully close to snatching up the championship last season, a determined Cocker pulled out all the stops in his fight for the seemingly elusive OR3 title. “Starting with time trial, the bike was feeling great! The track was a bit slippery, but really well-marked. I had a clean run and came out second fastest in my class,” said Cocker.

While he admits to finding the main race challenging, Cocker fought tooth and nail to secure his place on the top step of his class. Elated with his debut victory, the rider commented, “It was the perfect debut race for the team. I made a few mistakes throughout the race as the track got tougher and more tiring but, in the end, I managed to pull it together and take the win in OR3 and 6th overall for the day!”

After an incredible season opener, Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham commented: “I am delighted with our start to what looks to be an exciting season of Cross Country racing! Brett really surprised me with his switch up to the FX 450 and showed incredible pace and as always fighting to the very end – a second in the OR1 class is simply incredible. As for our young gun, Davin, what pace he ran at the whole race. For his first official race at a National as part of our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team he blitz the field in the most stacked OR3 field we have ever had – big congrats. Both riders were just over the moon with the Michelin tyre choice!”

Published by:  Fred Fensham

FIM-MOTO.COM – THE ALL NEW FIM WEBSITE IS LIVE

The FIM is delighted to announce the launch of their brand-new website http://www.fim-moto.com that brings together the previous FIM-Live.com and FIM-Family.com websites in one easy to access platform.

Benefitting from the latest advances in online technology, content will be refined according to each user’s profile. Use of clear colourisation will differentiate the experience for FIM Family members.

This exciting new development will immediately become the FIM’s flagship digital platform and as such will supply the same rich and varied two-wheel content, though will see it delivered with a completely new modern look and feel. This single source of information includes well-defined categories and superior search functionality. As you would expect, users will be able to find the latest news, up to date event information and be able to access essential resources, plus much more.


During the planning of http://www.fim-moto.com great care and attention was given to improving navigation, this process included valued feedback from regular users from different parts of the motorcycle community and FIM family. The new platform has been built in a way to guarantee fast and efficient access to the relevant information, documents and programmes that any particular user is in search of.


The FIM Family area will provide FIM Commission members, Continental Unions, National Affiliated Federations and valued partners with all the tools and resources they require to fulfil and realise their diverse and important roles.
Very much encompassing all the important two-wheel facets, activities and topics at a global level, the new http://www.fim-moto.com website represents the true and full World of motorcycling.

Marking the launch Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: “Communication and the sharing of information is a very important part of our daily life at the FIM, so I am pleased to see this extensive and central project come to life. From fans through to FIM Family members spread around the World I believe that the new http://www.fim-moto.com website will provide an important service in a time when digital technology has become so integrated into our everyday lives and when the expectation to have easy and instant access to the latest new information has never been higher. I really hope you enjoy exploring this wonderful new platform.”


Fabio Muner, FIM Marketing & Communication Director added: “Starting from the domain name, everything is new in FIM-moto.com. The FIM corporate website is a completely new digital environment where motorcycle enthusiasts, fans, riders, partners and National Federations members will all find extensive information about FIM World Championships, regulations, programmes and institutional activities. The project team have worked hard in order to create an enhanced service for FIM-moto.com visitors, providing them with an improved navigational experience on a more modern platform.


This is one of the main steps of the 2020-24 communication and marketing strategic plan, where digital and social media assets will play a focal and important role in supporting the FIM in achieving its future challenging goals.”

COX OPENS CROSS COUNTRY SEASON IN VICTORY

Image from the first round of the National Cross-Country held in Jolivet. Captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

Solid Start to Cross Country Season for Brother Leader Tread KTM

Battle drums were beating as South Africa’s top riding talent gathered in Jolivet, KwaZulu-Natal, over the weekend for the start of the National Cross Country Championship. In what would be one of the most competitive races the series has seen, riders faced five demanding loops through Natal’s iconic sugarcane fields and demanding forest trails.

It was a particularly exciting event for Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Bradley Cox, who made his debut in the OR2 Class on his KTM 350 XC-F. As the first rider leading out the time trial, Cox admits to feeling worried that he wouldn’t set a fast enough time. With the fourth fastest time and only three-seconds separating him from second place, however, he soon realized that he was in for a bar-to-bar battle.

“The first lap was absolutely unreal. There was a group of four of us and we were banging bars like a full-on motocross race,” described Cox.

After pushing the pace up front for the first lap, an unfortunate crash on the second lap cost him some time and set him back to fourth place. In his unrelenting quest for victory, Cox came back with a blistering pace and clawed his way up the leaderboard to second place overall and ultimately first place in his class.

“To win my debut race in the OR2 Class was absolutely amazing. The KTM 350 XC-F is the best bike I’ve ever ridden. The track was incredible – the sugar cane roads and forest sections really suited me. It was just a picture-perfect day and all the training I’d put in leading up to this really paid off,” said an elated Cox.

Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Charan Moore had a tough day in the saddle. From as early as 3km’s into the race, Moore described facing several setbacks: “After losing some positions from a corner I had overshot, I got back on the bike and managed to catch up and find a good rhythm. Unfortunately, I faced another setback when some wire got stuck in my rear wheel. After a few minutes I managed to get it out but, in the process, I must have loosened the master link – which I discovered when my chain came off not long after that. I got that fixed too, but let’s just say it was a tough day in the office!” he said.

While the rider is relieved to have finished the challenging event, he is more determined than ever to defend his 2020 OR1 title and will undoubtedly come back swinging in the next round.

Rounding out the day on a positive note was Jarryd Coetzee, who made his highly anticipated debut to the OR1 Class. The rider was put through his paces on what he described as “an incredibly demanding track” and only narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place in his class. While the result is not what he had hoped for by his own high standards, Coetzee is pleased to have opened the season with some solid points in the bag.

“Well done to the organisers for putting on such a great event! It was an incredibly demanding track. I’m not 100% happy with the result but I’m happy to have gotten some points in the bag!” said Coetzee.

As the team heads back to the drawing in preparation for the next round of the championship, KTM South Africa’s Louwrens Mahoney shares a parting shot: “Really happy with the way the first round of the Cross Country Championship went for the team. The riders are going into the next round with some solid points to build on and we also know what to work on from here. With the next round being in completely different terrain – going from muddy and technical to rough and sandy – it will be good to see the team back in action!”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney

KAWASAKI DELIVERS AT TOUGH JOLIVET

What South African Cross Country Moto Round 1 Report
Where Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal
When Saturday 27 February 2021
Community South Africa National

Pepson Plastics racing with Motul impresses on Cross Country debut

Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul enjoyed a great debut in the 2021 South African Cross Country Moto Championship opener at Jolivet in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday. Open rider D’artagnan Lobjoit rode his KX450XC to a splendid fifth in the competitive OR1 class, Taki Bogiages came home seventh in an even harder fought OR3 on a KX450XC and Senior stand-in Achim Bergman ended a fine podium third among the over-30s.

“Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul had a very good start to our South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship campaign,” team boss Iain Pepper confirmed. “Jolivet was a good event and we are happy with our results — Dart was fifth in OR1, Taki was seventh in OR3 and Achim a fine third in Seniors — it was a great start for the team and we now look forward to improve and move forward.”

“Jolivet was very rough, rutted and gruelling,” D’artagnan Lobjoit pointed out. “ It took five hours to ride 250 kilometres and my big Pepson Plastics Kawasaki ran like a train all the way. “It’s also always a really tough one to race against the locals in KZN, so to be the first upcountry bike home on our team debut was a brilliant result and a fine way to thank Kawasaki, Pepson Plastics, Motul and the whole team for their faith in me.”

“Wow that was a tough one,” Taki Bogiages explained. “But my Pepson Plastics Kawasaki racing with Motul KX250XC was so well suited to the terrain and allowed me to fight hard all the way “My quickest lap was competitive too and we have so much more to come — this was only our first national on my green machine and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

“A week ago I thought I would be braaing at home on Saturday!” Achim Bergman grinned. “Then Iain called and told me that he’d hurt his shoulder and asked if I wanted to ride his Pepson Plastics Kawasaki South Africa racing with Motul KX250XC at Jolivet. “And here I am on the podium! “What a week — I really enjoyed riding the Kawasaki and am hugely grateful for the experience — I trust the Pepson team is satisfied with my weekend!”

“We now have a month before the second round in Madimode in four weeks time,” Iain Pepper concluded. “That terrain is also a little more suited to our Gauteng-based team’s forte of a faster route, so we’re looking forward to spending a little more time testing and fettling our bikes to be even better prepared for Nylstroom. “These are exciting times for the team!”

Issued on behalf of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing

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