The need to adapt to the ongoing pandemic has forced the FIM, the national federations and local organisers to revise the calendar for the 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship.
The Czech Republic TrialGP – initially scheduled for Sokolov on June 5-6 – has been cancelled which means the opening round of the championship for TrialGP, TrialGP Women, Trial2, Trial2 Women and Trial125 classes will now get under way with two scoring days at Tolmezzo in Italy on June 11-13.
There will be no TrialE class at the Italian TrialGP, instead the competitors will join the five other classes at the second round of the series – the French TrialGP – that has now been confirmed for July 2-4 at Charade.
The Great Britain TrialGP at Tong has been postponed until October 8-10 and the final round of the TrialGP Women and Trial2 Women championships will be held on the Saturday before the FIM Trial des Nations that is due to take place at Gouveia in Portugal on September 17-19.
To compensate for the cancelled events in Japan and the Czech Republic there will be two days of competition at every round apart from at the second French event at Cahors on August 28-29, bringing the total number of points-paying days up to 11 for TrialGP and Trial2 competitors.
All dates, events and the eventual attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding governments and authorities.
Picture Caption: Miquel Gelabert in action at last year’s final round Pic (c) Pep Segales
Preparations for the 2021 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) continues and the Organising Committee, in agreement with the FMI and the FIM, has decided to extend the pre-registration closing date.
Despite the ongoing difficulties due to the current pandemic situation, the Organising Committee of the 2021 ISDE is rapidly proceeding with the preparatory work for the event that will take place from Monday 30 August to Saturday 4 September between Lombardy and Piedmont with the event HQ and the paddock located at Voghera-Rivanazzano Terme airport.
Whilst hoping for an improvement in the pandemic situation, the organisers have designed some feasibility plans and confirm without a doubt that the event will take place normally and are ready to apply any necessary protocols.
In the meantime, an extension of the pre-registration period has been decided, which does not close at the end of March but now on 15 May.
On the national team front, the succession of the United States national team, trophy holders from the 2019 ISDE in Portugal, has already been prevented. However, the World Trophy class will again include Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela. Junior trophy Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
The Junior Trophy class line up compromises of Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
Six national federations are currently fielding the Women’s team: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.
In all class, the line ups for the Italian national teams are still missing but will be presented in the next few days. There are also numerous teams of registered clubs from all over the globe.
Great work continues regarding the relationship with the regions of Pavia and Alessandria, which is ready to host the ISDE Enduro Team World Championship: In March numerous meetings were held with the Local Authorities to reread and deepen the agreements already made in 2019 in anticipation of the postponed 2020 edition. The Organising Committee met the Mayor Fabrizio Fracassi of Pavia, the capital city of the province – where the presentation parade will take place on Saturday 28 August – who have guaranteed total support of the event. A positive meeting was also held with Paola Garlaschelli, Mayor of Voghera, the city a few kilometres from the paddock, which also in this case offered a very warm welcome. There were also meetings with the Administration of the Province of Pavia, the Chamber of Commerce, the municipalities of the ISDE area and other important Authorities.
“We have extended the pre-registrations in agreement with the FIM to allow all those who are still undecided due to the pandemic to assess the situation,” explained Valter Carbone, member of the Organising Committee. “There are important national teams, strong protagonists from past editions, who are intend to participate, but do not yet have access to flight schedules and find themselves in scenarios that are currently difficult to manage, such as possible quarantines on departure and arrival and any other complications that we can imagine at the moment. However, we look forward with the hope that there will be an improvement in everything, especially thanks to the vaccination campaign.”
“We look at the situation with confidence,” said Edoardo Zucca, member of the Organising Committee responsible for marketing and part of the relations with the Authorities. “The 2021 ISDE will take place in any case: we are evaluating various plans, and in the worse-case scenario we could have to foresee the development where access to the paddock will only be for riders and staff, but I believe that with the progress in vaccinations and with the arrival of the summer season the situation can definitely improve. We all hope so, for everything, not just for the ISDE.”
Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s/Junior Motocross World Championships & FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup
2021 Calendar UPDATE, 31 March.
The FIM and Infront Moto Racing would like to inform on the updates to the 2021 calendar of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to delay the start of the upcoming season, as the FIM Motocross World Championship will kick off in Orlyonok with the MXGP of Russia on the 12th/13th of June.
The updated calendar will also welcome back the MXGP of Great Britain in Matterley Basin on the 26th/27th of June, followed by the MXGP of Italy at the legendary circuit of Maggiora on the 3rd/4th of July. The MXGP of Latvia, of the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will come next in July, before heading to the deep sand of Lommel for the MXGP of Flanders in August.
MXGP will then move to Sweden on the 14th/15th of August, followed by the MXGP of Finland and MXGP of Turkey.
The newest addition to the 2021 racing calendar is the MXGP of Sardegna, with the popular winter training facility of Riola Sardo hosting the round 11 of the campaign, with the EMX65 and EMX85 Championship races held on the same weekend.
The championship will then continue with the MXGP of Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and Trentino in October, with a venue for the French Grand Prix to be confirmed soon.
The season will then conclude with three fly-away races, in Argentina on the 13th/14th of November, followed by the MXGP of Asia and Indonesia on the 27th/28th of November and 4th/5th of December.
Meanwhile the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations will go ahead on the 26th of September, as originally planned, with the Italian circuit in Mantova confirmed as the newest host of the prestigious event.
Additionally, the FIM-E Motocross of European Nations scheduled on the 18th and 19th of September, will now be as TBA, with more details to be announced at a later date.
The same race format as last year will be used during the upcoming season meaning that MXGP and MX2 classes will run on Sunday and EMX and WMX classes will run all on Saturday. The decision to run a one day format was made due to the tight racing schedule in order to allow more recovery time for the riders and the team staff.
Infront Moto Racing is hopeful that with the recent development of the vaccine, there will be a possibility to finally welcome back spectators in the summer months, which is very important to our beloved sport.
We would like to thank the FIM, FIM-Europe, all the organisers and federations along with the teams, riders, partners and fans for their continued support and understanding, as MXGP remain committed to bringing another epic season of racing!
Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Bajas World Cup 2021 Calendar, UPDATE 31 March
Due to the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM, the Qatar Motor and Motorcycling Federation, the Federaçao de Motociclismo de Portugal (FMP) and local organisers announce the following changes to the 2021 provisional calendar.
Due to the increased restrictions imposed in Qatar, the Qatar International Baja originally scheduled for 08 to 10 April is now postponed to a later date in 2021. Information regarding the new date will be communicated in due course.
The Baja do Oeste, in Torres Vedras, Portugal has been added to the 2021 schedule and will take place from 15 to 17 October.
What South African Cross Country Moto Round 2 Report Where Modimolle, Limpopo Province When Saturday 27 March 2021 Community South Africa National
Gauteng OR2 rider Ian Rall restored upcountry honour when he blasted his MCA Dragon Energy Husqvarna to overall victory in the second round of the South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at Modimolle in Limpopo Province on Saturday.
In a thrilling, dramatic and ultimately confusing race that took in terrain from sand to fast and flowing, and then rocky hill sections that deteriorated as the day progressed, Rall won by five minutes from Brett Swanepoel, who took his second OR1 race win on the trot for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. OR2 runner-up Bradley Cox came home third overall, a further two minutes adrift on his Brother Leader Tread KTM.
Race results were delayed after several riders wrong-slotted and organisers had to dig deep into satellite tracking data, with those lost earning various levels of penalty to ensure that riders who kept on track were not compromised by others’ short cuts, even if they were unintentional.
Once all that was sorted, open class OR1 rider Mike Pentecost emerged fourth overall on his Husqvarna ahead of impressive South African motocross star Kerim Fitzgerald’s OR2 Red Bull KTM, a delighted D’Artagnan Lobjoit riding an OR1 Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki and OR3 winner Erik Ernst Merry’s Husqvarna.
Swanepoel took the OR1 win from Pentecost, Lobjoit, on Kawasaki’s first podium in the team’s second race, Jarryd Coetzee’s Brother Leader Tread KTM, Ruan Smith on a RAD KTM and Hayden Louw’s Dynamic Racing HWM KTM. Tyron Beverley’s TFC CIT Husqvarna, Hein van Niekerk on a Prowatech KTM, John-Care de Lange on a Husqvarna and Darren Gray’s P Trimborn KTM rounded off the big bore top-ten.
Rall beat Cox and Fitzgerald home to draw even with Cox in the OR2 points, with Devan Smith’s Vans Husqvarna fourth, while Merry took OR3 from Dylan Cox on an RBS Yamaha, Matthew Wilson’s MCA Husqvarna, Stefan van Deventer’s KTM, Taki Bogiages on his Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki and Scott Heygate’s Alfie Cox Racing Fuchs KTM.
KTM Durban lad Haydn Cole was next home from Peter Karam’s Roost KTM, Daniel Van Zyl’s Peak bLU cRU Yamaha and Kyle Mckenzie’s Pepson Motul Kawasaki, but perhaps the most remarkable OR3 story is about GXCC regional race winner Davin Cocker. He was leading the final national loop when his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna ran out of oil after loosing its oil cap minutes from the finish. So he pushed the bike several kilometres home to the finish.
Branden Swanepoel took High School honours on his Sherco ahead of KTM Durban lad Dylan Jones, Derek Karam’s Roost KTM, John Botha on a TFC CIT Husqvarna, Damon Cox’s RBS Yamaha and Joss Alexander on a Bikers Warehouse Husqvarna.
Wade Blaauw meanwhile extended his SA National Senior Cross Country Moto advantage with a back-to-back win aboard his Roost KTM. He beat Dirk Olivier on a Yamaha, Deon du Toit’s Kawasaki, Stuart Gregory’s KTM, Ronald Venter’s Expert Mining KTM and Marco Cocci on Yamaha.
And Greg Nairn took the Masters win on his Husqvarna from Mielies le Roux’s Alfie Cox KTM, Wayne Farmer on a Biker’s Warehouse Husqvarna, Ernst Slabbert’s Rhubein KTM, Pieter Höll’s Pepson Motul Kawasaki and KTM duo Marius de Klerk and Martin Poole.
The South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship will return for round 3 at Vryburg in the Northwest on 29 May, where the upcountry riders will once again be hoping that the quick conditions will be an advantage.