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


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!”


Image from the fourth and final round of the 2020 National Cross Country Championship captured by Sage Lee Voges for

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



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


Red Bull KTM announce 2021 lineup

As the curtains of a tumultuous 2020 begin to draw to a close, it is with great excitement that Red Bull KTM announces new additions to their star-studded line-up for 2021.

Bringing a fresh sense of excitement to the team is new recruit Cameron Durow, who will be racing in the prestigious MX2 Class. Having just turned 18 years old, Durow is a rider bristling with talent. He boasts an array of titles as a three-time MSA National Champion, two-time WOMZA National Champion and three-time Motocross of African Nations Champion. He has also represented the country in four FIM Junior World Championship events and achieved fourth overall in the German ADAC 85cc Championship.

When asked about the accolade he is most proud of, Durow recalls winning the opening round of the 2019 National Motocross Championship in not only the High School Class, but MX2 Class as well. He reminisced, “It’s something I will never forget. At 16 years old, I was the first person to achieve an overall win in both classes on the same day.”

With his sights set on snatching up the MX2 Championship in 2021, Durow commented, “Riding for Red Bull KTM has been my goal for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to ride for a professional team and the one I’ve always looked at was Red Bull KTM. Signing with them at this point in my career has really been a huge confidence boost to me. I believe partnering with them will help me really push the sport further and show everyone what I am truly capable of.”

KTM South Africa’s Louwrens Mahoney added, “We are so excited to have Cameron on the team for 2021 – he is a hardworking, talented rider. He has also got a lot of international racing experience – we can’t wait to get the new year started!”

Another new addition to the team is rising star Trey Cox, who will step up to the 85cc Class next year. As the brother of motorsport sensation Bradley Cox and son of legendary racer Alfie Cox, the youngster clearly inherited a full dose of the competitive racing genes.

While he has been riding since he was two years old, Cox started taking racing seriously when his brother took him to a few National events when he turned ten. It wasn’t long before the racing bug bit and Cox finished the 65cc Championship second in 2019 and third in 2020.

“It’s every young rider’s dream to race for a factory team and coming into it this young is really good for my future. It’s the best team in the paddock and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together as I step up to the 85cc Championship next year,” said Cox.

After his rise to national glory this season, fans will be pleased to discover that leading rider Tristan Purdon will once again be spearheading the hunt for the MX1 and MX2 Championship. Also looking to continue his winning streak is Jonathan Mlimi, who will remain in the High School Class with the hope of defending his 2020 title.

After a highly successful career racing for Red Bull KTM, Kerim Fitz-Gerald will step into the role of team manager next year. As a multiple national champion, Fitz-Gerald’s experience and knowledge will undoubtedly bring great value to the orange squad.

“I’m very excited about my new role with the team – it’s brand new to me so I have some learning to do, but I have been with KTM for a long time and know all the riders well. I’m looking forward to working with the team’s newest riders –they have both been around the team for a long time and I have no doubt that they will fit in perfectly. I’m also really excited to be supporting our two champions – Jono and Tristan. They both know what they are capable of now and so does the team. Here’s to a successful 2021 and bringing home some championships!” said Fitz-Gerald.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

Picture Caption: Red Bull KTM signs Cameron Durow


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).

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship 2021 Provisional technical Regulations, 12 January.

The FIM and FIM Europe have published the provisional technical rules that will regulate the 2021 FIM CEV Repsol.
The regulations for the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship are available HERE.

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Sidecar World Championship 2021 Provisional calendar announced

Since becoming official promoters in 2020, the aim of the RKB-F1 Motorsport and Santander Salt organisations has been to work closely with the FIM and circuit organisers to raise the profile of the FIM Sidecar World Championship.

Under the constraints of a Global pandemic, the challenges have been immense, and it is still possible that obstacles will arise because of the ongoing situation. However, a determined effort and huge cooperation by all parties has resulted in a meaningful eight-round schedule across at least six countries on top class circuits.

Part of the aim was always to bring world-class sidecar racing to the big stage, and there is no bigger platform than the Le Mans 24-hour World Endurance race. That is where the action will begin over the weekend of April 15-17th.

Effective 2021 the two different race length format is discontinued i.e (Sprint and Gold). All rounds will now host two races of the same duration.

The FIM, the management team of RKB-F1 Motorsport and Santander Salt would like to extend sincere thanks to the circuit organisers and all other involved parties for their tireless efforts in making the 2021 season possible.

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