ANOTHER SEASON OF PROGRESS FOR THE FIM EWC

The FIM Endurance World Championship’s broadcast reach and viewing audience once again increased during the 2019-2020 FIM EWC season despite a disrupted calendar due to the global pandemic.

 Live broadcast of races around the world, expanded coverage with more channels, an increase in both air time and audiences, and a sharp rise in viewership of our digital media communication and social channels all contributed to this markedly positive trend.


The 2019-2020 FIM Endurance World Championship expanded its broadcast distribution to 209 countries around the world, with more channels covering the event. Coverage of the FIM EWC is now provided by 20 international broadcasters, including 7 new additions this season (MAVTV Motorsports Network and Claro Sports on the American continent, Servus TV and AM Baltics in Europe and True Sport, Channel Max and TVRI in Asia).


To satisfy fans around the world, 8 of these 20 broadcasters provided live coverage on every continent.


Despite a calendar shortened to four races instead of five due to the global health crisis, broadcast time increased by 14% as a result of the expanded distribution, and the viewing audience rose by 4%, to more than 158,700,000 (source: Nielsen Sports).


Digital viewership is also on the rise. The reach of our digital communication nearly tripled over the 2019-2020 season. Two Asian nations were among the ten countries with the biggest digital media coverage. France, the UK and Japan were the top three in terms of digital media viewership (source: Melwater).


The fan base on our social media practically doubled this season. We saw a steady increase, in particular, in views on our videos (20.6 million across our social channels), with high quality videos produced each season.


The EWC 360 Fan Tour by Tag Heuer platform launched in collaboration with the ACO for the 2020 24 Heures Motos was a smash hit. This unique, interactive and fully immersive experience placed fans at the heart of the race action and enabled them to go behind the scenes with the teams. A dedicated team produced no fewer than 18 360° videos during the week of the race. The street view-style pit lane tour got the most views, ahead of an on-board tour and a night-time pit stop.


In view of this very positive recap, the teams at Eurosport Events are already hard at work to make the 2021 FIM EWC season even more exciting and innovative for fans around the world.

MANUEL SOLER 1957-2021

The first Spaniard to win a round of the FIM Trial World Championship when he claimed victory in Finland in 1979, Soler was a four-time Spanish champion who inspired an entire nation of Trial riders.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Manuel Soler,” said Thierry Michaud, Director of the FIM Trial Commission. “In addition to his magnificent riding style and friendly personality, he was the first Spanish rider to win an FIM Trial World Championship event.

“With four victories in total, he opened the history of the great Spanish Trial riders from the 1970s until today. In recent years he has also been very involved in vintage Trial, allowing its growing success today. The whole family of Trial and the FIM Family pay tribute to a great character.”

A member of the famous Bulto family, Soler started riding at an early age on custom-built, small-scale Bultaco and earned the affectionate nickname ‘El Monstruito’ which translates as ‘The Little Monster’. As well as his considerable sporting successes, he played a major role in the development of the marque’s Trial models.

Soler was also very active within the RFME for the last decade and a member of the CTE and FIM CCR.

Among the riders to pay tribute to him was Finnish three-time Trial World Champion Yrjo Vesterinen who was defeated on home ground by his then team-mate when Soler claimed that historic first TrialGP win for Spain.

“Thinking of you my dear friend Manuel,” wrote Vesterinen. “Once upon a time you taught me how to enjoy life to the full. I on the other hand gave you some tips on how to become a better rider. Some of that only to regret later!

“Right now my consolation is that I was one of the lucky people to have been able to spend some fabulous moments with you. Distant memories perhaps but very much alive now. RIP and always in my mind.”

When Bultaco ceased production, Soler switched to Montesa where he claimed a further three TrialGP victories that all came in 1981, his most successful season in the FIM Trial World Championship when he placed fifth overall and led the series after the opening round. In total he scored 12 podium finishes at the sport’s highest level.

Bernie Schreiber, America’s first and only TrialGP champion, also lost out to Soler on that memorable August day in Espoo in 1979.

“I’m writing this in tears on my birthday and thinking about all the good times Manuel and myself had since 1975 when he first stayed with us in our California home,” wrote Schreiber. “Manuel was like a brother. While he may be gone, we still have memories of those good times.

“Manuel was one of the most talented world-class riders of his time. His style was unique and smooth and I learned a lot from him. When he had a good ride in a section, we’d say ‘only Manuel can do that’. A real gentleman with a deep passion for the sport of Trial and motorsports.

“You’re going to be missed forever by so many of us who loved you. Rest in peace, friend and champion.”

Picture Caption: Spanish Trial icon Manuel Soler Pic (c) Eric Kitchen

FIM ENDURO VINTAGE TROPHY ON ELBA ISLAND FROM 20 TO 23 OCTOBER 2021

Exactly forty years after the triumph of the legendary Italian Red Helmets during the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) organised on Elba Island in 1981, history will repeat itself in the same location.

The International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) in collaboration with the Italian Motorcycle Federation (FMI), has officially entrusted the organisation of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy to the Moto Club Isola d’Elba, which will be held from 20 to 23 October 2021.

The FMI Working Group made up of Franco Gualdi (Enduro Committee Coordinator), Francesco Mazzoleni (Regularity Manager of the Vintage Motorcycle Committee) and Paolo Buratti (Race Director) will support the organising committee, chaired by Daniele Anichini.


For the first time this year, the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy will take place separately from the FIM ISDE that is contested on modern motorcycles, and which is also scheduled to take place in Italy in  Rivanazzano Terme from 30 August to 04 September.


The 2021 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy will include:

  • The Vintage Veterans Trophy Team: a competition for national teams. Each team will be composed of three riders aged at least 50 and who have been nominated by their respective federations.
  • The Vintage Silver Vase Club team: a competition for club teams. Each team will be made up of three riders aged at least 35.

There will be four classes: A (motorcycles built up until 1975, 2 Strokes), B (motorcycles built up until 1975, 4 Strokes), C (motorcycles manufactured up until 1980), X (motorcycles manufactured up until 1986). In the Vintage Veterans Trophy team and in the Vintage Silver Vase Club team, each team must be represented in at least two of the classes A, B, C.


Giovanni Copioli, FMI President: “After the victory of the Italian team in Portugal in 2019, the meeting on the Island of Elba will certainly be unmissable. The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy will not take place within the normal ISDE framework alongside the modern motorcycles as it has been until today, but it will be an event in all respects given the media and sporting importance it deserves. The scenario of the island of Elba evokes great memories for us Italian fans and will also guarantee fun and a good level of challenges thanks to the organisation of the local Moto Club. I thank the International Motorcycle Federation, who once again gave all their confidence to Italy and the FMI by entrusting us to deliver another high-level competition. We are committed to respecting all the health regulations necessary to safely welcome the many expected participants.”


Jorge Viegas, FIM President: “The organisation of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy outside the FIM ISDE will allow the development of this Enduro competition for classic motorcycles first introduced in 2016, during the Six Days which took place in Navarra, Spain. The FIM is delighted that the FMI and the Moto Club Isola d’Elba have accepted to organise the 2021 edition which will bring together a greater number of fans of classic Enduro motorcycles from 1975 to 1986 and 50cc to 250cc. We really hope that this unique competition will gather international media and fans for what will be an unforgettable 2021 edition. See you from October 20 to 23 on the Island of Elba!”

YOUNG GUNS COMPLETE HUSQVARNA SQUAD SET TO BATTLE IT OUT IN 2021

Image from the fourth and final round of the 2020 National Cross Country Championship captured by Sage Lee Voges for http://www.zcmc.co.za

Following the recent signing of motocross star David Goosen, Husqvarna South Africa is excited to announce that the good news does not stop there. The team will welcome two 17 year old riders stacked with talent to the National Enduro and Cross Country squad respectively in 2021, namely Heinrich Aust and Davin Cocker.

With multiple national champion Brett Swanepoel spearheading the hunt for national titles in both the National Cross Country OR1 Class and National Enduro E2 Class, the teams newest recruits will grab the opportunity to race alongside the South African star. Aust will represent the team on the Enduro side in the E1 Class, and Cocker will attempt to chase down the OR3 title that narrowly evaded his grasp in the Cross Country Championship earlier this year.

“As Brett prepares to defend his 2020 title in both disciplines, Heinrich and Davin have the awesome opportunity to learn from one of the best riders we’ve ever had. Brett has shown the most incredible commitment to fight back from a near career ending injury to pull off the double victory that was last achieved by Louwrens Mahoney in 2006,” said Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham.

As Husqvarna welcomes the new riders to the squad, the team is equally as excited to once again support rising star Neil van der Vyver in the National Motocross Championship. The four-time national champion will represent the team in the 85cc Class next season, with Goosen flying the Husqvarna flag in both the MX1 and MX2 Class respectively.

“I am beyond excited with the team that we have assembled for 2021 and can’t wait to introduce not only the new team members but also an all new look for Husqvarna. We are also fortunate to bring on some new partners next season – which will be announced at our team launch in January,” said Fensham.

As the tumultuous year of 2020 draws to a close, Fensham added, “A big thank you to all our race fans – I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and above all safe festive season. We can’t wait to go racing in 2021!”

Published by: Fred Fensham – Husqarna Motorcycles SA

HUSQVARNA SIGNS THE 21 FOR 21

DAVID GOOSEN SIGNED FOR 2021 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS SEASON

It is with great excitement that Husqvarna South Africa announces the signing of motocross star David Goosen. After what has been an unpredictable season of racing, the rider well-known for his “21” number board will bring a breath of fresh air into a highly anticipated 2021.

Motocross has been a part of Goosen’s life since he got his first motorcycle at 3 years old. Growing up in Zimbabwe, he fondly remembers spending weekends with his family at the track for a great portion of his childhood. His riding was taken to a new level of professionalism when he later immigrated to the UK with his family where he described experiencing “flashes of brilliance” in his racing career.

A devastating knee injury would eventually see him return to South Africa – a time in his life Goosen recalls feeling extremely lost: “Until 2016 I was really quite lost. I couldn’t quite find a job I liked to do and wasn’t getting the results to earn anything from it. It was during this time that I met my wife, Shannon, and suddenly had this drive to sort my stuff out.”

Goosen worked hard to settle down with a job outside of racing and it wasn’t long before he married his wife, Shannon Goosen. As he looks back at that time in his life, he believes that it set him up for success in what would soon become a flourishing racing career.

“I settled down with Shannon and we became a really good team. As we grew in our careers and ‘climbed the ladder of life’, it wasn’t long before I noticed a shift in my racing. With her support, I stepped into a new season and suddenly started winning races and finishing on the podium,” said Goosen.

The rider was crowned the country’s National Motocross Champion in 2017 – a defining moment in Goosen’s racing career. While championship titles have narrowly evaded his grasp since then, the rider firmly believes that his race for national glory has only just begun.

With his sights set on chasing down both the MX1 and MX2 titles in 2021, Goosen commented: “I’m almost 30 years old now and I’m at the peak of my career. I feel like I’m just getting better and better, and the idea of a new team has refreshed me. The whole adjustment with a new brand has made me more motivated than ever. It’s a very professional set up and I look forward to working with the family of Husqvarna.”

Published by: Fred Fensham – Husqvarna Motorcycles SA

INFORMATION – FIM GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2021 PROVISIONAL CALENDAR, UPDATE

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Grand Prix World Championship

2021 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship provisional calendar update

Two races in Qatar and one in Portimão will now open the season, with the Argentina and Americas GPs postponed
 

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports can now reveal an updated calendar for the 2021 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship as the beginning of another exciting season of racing appears on the horizon, with testing action set to get underway in just over a month.

The season opening Grand Prix in Qatar remains confirmed for the 26th to the 28th of March and it will now be followed by a second event, the Grand Prix of Doha, at the same Losail International Circuit the following weekend, from the 2nd to the 4th of April.

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal will then host the third round of the Championship from the 16th to the 18th of April before the paddock heads to the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto as previously planned.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns and complications sadly oblige the postponement of both the Argentina GP and the Americas GP until the last quarter of 2021. Any further updates or changes will be provided as soon as available.
 
Click here to view the  provisional calendar

INFORMATION – FIM ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FIM ENDURO WORLD CUPS – 2021 CALENDARS, UPDATE 13 JANUARY

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Enduro World Championships & FIM Enduro World Cups 2021 calendars, update 13 January.

  • The Event originally scheduled to take place in Valpaços will now be held in Marco de Canaveses at the same dates.
  • The FIM Women’s Enduro World Cup is becoming a World Championship** with 3 rounds to count for the Final classification (Portugal, Sweden and France).

Click here to view the document

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