MONACO (Principality of Monaco) 26 January 2021 – Infront Moto Racing is delighted to share the provisional OAT (Officially Approved Teams) list for the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship!
The provisional list gives a breakdown of all the teams that have currently entered to contest in the 2021 season of racing, along with the riders who will represent them. At present, the list features over 30 teams that will take part in the MXGP and MX2 Championships next year.
With more than 30 teams entered, a large group of the fastest riders in the world and a packed 20-round racing schedule, the 2021 MXGP season will no doubt showcase more of the best action that motocross has to offer!
The 2021 Provisional OAT MXGP & MX2 Lists can be viewed in its entirety below:
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Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing ready to paint Cross Country green
Kawasaki South Africa returns to the South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship in 2021 following a lengthy sabbatical. Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing will enter a full nine-machine team in this year’s championship.
“We are proud to confirm that Kawasaki Motorcycles South Africa is returning to the National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship from 2021 with Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing,” team principal Iain Pepper confirmed. “We would like to extend a huge word of thanks to Chris and Kibble from KMSA for putting their faith in us to bring the Kawasaki brand back to the startline following a long sabbatical from the sport.
“We are also pleased to have Motul on board as a major sponsor, along with great support from Bikewise with Pirelli, Arai helmets, Renthal, Acerbis, DID chains and SBS brakes. “Our riders will be protected by the best kit from Fasthouse SA and the Margie Smith training facility will keep the team fit, sharp and strong.
“Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing will compete across the various SA National Cross Country classes with promising pair Dartagnan Lobjoit and Craig Alcock racing in the open class OR1 on the all-new KX450XC. The experienced Taki Bogiages and Kyle MacKenzie will be the men in green in competitive OR3 aboard two KX250XCs, while Lee Thompson is our man in the Senior class. I will represent the team in Masters.
“We also have a competitive Junior line-up with Jake Pretorius and Clayton Human in 85cc and Dylan Human in the 65cc class.”
The reborn Green Team will be racing Kawasaki’s brand new built for cross country 2021 KX250XC and KX450XCs based on its ’21 KX motocross machines. Both benefit specific XC tuned electric start engines with MotoGP derived finger follower valve technology and plug-and-play engine mapping for precision tuning via the KX FI Calibration kit.
Five-speed XC models get cross-country gearing for their close-ratio gearbox, a light and direct feel hydraulic clutch and traction control. XC-tuned Showa suspension on the 450 and KYB forks on the 250 is cross country ready, as are larger diameter brakes and optimised wheels with an 18″ rear and cross country tyres. The XCs carry over the narrow KX frame with adjustable handlebar and foot peg positions, minimalistic bodywork and add a side stand and skid plates.
Kawasaki has a rich history of Cross Country Racing success in South Africa with legends the likes of Alfie Cox, Neil Woolridge, Chris Brand and others riding the green machines to great effect over the years. “Now Kawasaki is back and the Pepson Plastics Motul Racing team is ready to paint the South African National Cross Country Championship green,” Pepper concluded. “Let’s go racing!”
Issued on behalf of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing
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.
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.
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