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INFORMATION – FIM GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – UPDATED 2020 CALENDAR – PORTIMAO TO HOST 2020 MOTOGP SEASON FINALE

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Grand Prix World Championship UPDATED 2020 Calendar.

Portimão to host 2020 MotoGP™ season finale
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports recently announced the addition of a fifteenth Grand Prix to the 2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar, with the event set to take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November and become the season finale.

The venue for the event can now be revealed as the incredible Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal. The reserve track for MotoGP™ since 2017, the circuit will now make its debut on the calendar.

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve is truly unique, with its characteristic elevation changes and undulating layout earning it a reputation as a high-speed rollercoaster – a thrill ride for fans and competitors alike. The track will now welcome MotoGP™ back to Portugal for the first time since 2012, and the event will see Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) racing on home turf in the premier class for the first time.

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve CEO Paulo Pinheiro: “It is a great achievement for our team to finally have MotoGP at our racetrack! MotoGP is the pinnacle of two-wheeled motorsport, and we are so excited to have it.

 “It has been a long process with Dorna, we had an agreement in place since 2017, and finally all the hard work paid off. On top of this to have Miguel Oliveira on the MotoGP grid, being able to fight for the podium will be an amazing add on for this race, and hopefully the Championship will be decided here.
 “We are working to have the fans in our race, and we will start with a capacity of 30.000 fans for the race weekend and then we will decide with Dorna and the sanitary authorities the following stages.

 “We can’t express how happy we are to have this race.”

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta: “It’s big news for us, we signed an agreement in 2017 with Portimao to be the reserve circuit for any kinds of cancellations, and we’ve been in contact with them all this time. We’ve been to Portimão with Superbike and we think it’s an amazing possibility for us, and also in the agreement is that the track will be resurfaced after the Superbike round. When we explained this to the riders they were excited because they’ve seen the track on TV, but we’ve never been there.
 “Portugal has a long history in our sport and there have been some historic battles in Estoril. It’s something very good for us to have the possibility to go back to Portugal, especially with Miguel Oliveira participating as it’s great to have a Portuguese rider able to compete in his own country. We are extremely happy to be racing in Portimão at the end of the year.”

FIM President Jorge Viegas: “I am very proud that MotoGP will return to my country eight years after the last Grand Prix, which took place at the Circuito do Estoril in May 2012. I would like to warmly thank Dorna, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve and the Motorcycling Federation of Portugal for having managed to meet the necessary conditions for the organisation of the finale of the 2020 FIM Grand Prix World Championship to take place in Portugal.”

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PIT STOP DISTRIBUTION BECOMES OFFICIAL SUPPLIER

The FIM is pleased to announce its partnership with Pit Stop Distribution that will see the company from Jersey become the official supplier of the FIM Long Track World Championship branded merchandise from the start of the 2020 season.

Pit Stop Distribution through its retail and wholesale operations supplies racing equipment and casual garments from the World’s leading brands and offers a custom design service for team clothing, hats, caps and other accessories too.

The new collaboration will see Pit Stop Distribution provide an extensive range of products carrying the FIM Long Track World Championship logo and colours that will be available to spectators and fans.

Pit Stop Distribution will have a prominent presence at all events, with their large stand not only selling the official championship merchandise, but also hosting numerous activities to entertain the fans and to enhance the experience based on a shared and common passion for the FIM Long Track World Championship.

In addition to be on sale at each of the events. In the series, this exclusive collection will also be available online direct from www.pitstopdistribution.com

Speaking about this exciting partnership Grzegorz Lukowski – Founder and CEO of Pit Stop Distribution said: “Our mission is to make Speedway merchandise and our services instantly available to everyone, everywhere. We are delighted to join forces with the FIM Long Track World Championship to make our service available to their customers, associated federations, partners and sponsors. We look forward to meeting fans at FIM Long Track events in the years to come.”

Adding his own comments Fabio Muner the FIM Marketing and Communications Director stated: “The FIM is delighted to welcome Pit Stop Distribution into the FIM Family by signing an official supplier partnership with PSD to offer for the first time to the many fans of track racing official merchandising products in the colors of the FIM Long Track Championship.”

ABOUT PSD  (www.pitstopdistribution.com)
The PSD (Pit Stop Distribution LTD) was founded in 2017 with the ambition to provide customers and co-operation partners with outstanding service and product. The main product line is based on speedway athletics and co-partners sports appeal and reliable lifestyle fusion created with passion by or dedicated team of young motorsport enthusiasts. Furthermore, the PSD is offering service to other sports disciplines, clubs, individual athletics, sponsors and supported companies. Last but not least, the PSD is also involved in delivering support to charity events and promoting partners in productive and constructive manner.

INFORMATION – FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – FINAL 2020 SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX DATE SET FOR TORUN

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

Final 2020 Speedway Grand Prix Date Set For Torun
The FIM and BSI Speedway announced today the final venue in the 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix calendar.
The Friday, October 2nd event will take place at Marian Rose Motoarena in Torun, preceding the Saturday event at the same venue, in Poland.

The final 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship Calendar is as follows:

  • 28 – 29 August, Poland (Olympic Stadium, Wroclaw)
  • 11 – 12 September, Poland (Edward Jancarz Stadium, Gorzow)
  • 18 – 19 September, Czech Republic (Marketa Stadium, Prague)
  • 2 – 3 October, Poland (Marian Rose Motoarena, Torun)

“We are pleased we are able to have the last two events in Torun, a longtime partner of the series. We appreciate their years of support, and are delighted to now finalise the full 2020 calendar,” stated Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG.

As previously announced, each night, riders will compete for the maximum 20 points and full prize money per Grant Prix round.

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DOUBLE WIN FOR SELLER ON SA SUPERBIKES RETURN

Almost five months ago Clint Seller (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1) won both heats at the second round of the 2020 NGK Spark Plugs SA Superbike championship. The series, which is supported by Bridgestone, returned after the Covid-19 lockdown on 8 August and Seller didn’t let the break worry him. He continued where he left off back in March, taking another two wins to take a slender, 2-point lead at the top of the championship standings. In both races, he was followed over the line by Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring, Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) and David McFadden (RPM Center/Stunt SA Yamaha R1). In the SuperSport 600 class, Jared Schultz (ASAP World Yamaha R6) took both heats from Ricardo Otto (Otto Racing Yamaha R6).

The first of Friday’s three qualifying sessions came to a premature end when Blaze Baker lost the front of his JBR/Rapid Bike Kawasaki ZX10R through turn one, giving himself a concussion and bringing his race weekend to an early halt. He wasn’t the only one to miss the weekend’s racing. Dino Iozzo (King Price Extreme Yamaha R6) broke his collar bone in a training accident on the Wednesday before the event and a day later Brett Roberts (Lights by Linea Yamaha R6) had a massive high-side through turn 7 at Zwartkops, destroying his bike and concussing himself. Conditions were not ideal in the first session – it was cold with a gusting wind – but Seller put down the early marker, eight tenths quicker than Vlok with Damion Purificati (Andalaft Racing BMW S1000RR), the first of the Bridgestone Superbike brigade, in third. Otto was the quickest of the 600s.

It was a little warmer in the second session, but conditions were still not ideal. A collision between Seller and Schultz brought out the red flag to allow the marshals and medical crew to do their jobs. Luckily both riders were not injured although their crews had a lot of work to do to get their bikes repaired in time for race day. At the end of the session, Vlok was quickest with Purificati second and Seller third. Otto again led the way in the 600s.

In the final qualifying session, Vlok set his quickest time of the day to claim pole position from McFadden with Purificati joining them on the front row of the grid. Dian Nelson (TRD Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX10R), who was having his first outing in national SuperBike class, headed the second row with Seller alongside him in fifth. 2018 champion Michael White and his crew spent most of the day tracing an electrical problem that prevented his Dent Carpets Yamaha R1 revving beyond 2000 RPM. They solved the problem shortly before the final session and he was able to do enough to claim sixth on the grid. Otto’s time in the final session was good enough to give him seventh place on the grid as the leading 600 bike with Luca Bertolini (Izinga Worx/Willcom Racing Yamaha R1), the second of the Bridgestone Superbikes, in eighth. The only lady rider in the field, Nicole van Aswegen (Gem Auto/Andalaft Racing Ducati 1299) completed the third row of the grid. Schultz’ second session time set before his crash was good enough for tenth with Hein McMahon (BDJ Freight BMW S1000RR) and Brian Bontekoning (Jaguar Power Products Ducati) rounding out the top twelve.

After the hard work by his crew to get his bike back on the grid after Friday’s accident, Seller thanked them in the best way possible, charging off the line in the opening race. He was up to second by the end of the first lap and half a lap later took the lead. Vlok didn’t let him get away but, despite a few attempts, couldn’t find a way past, eventually having to settle for second just under four-tenths behind the defending champion. McFadden, who was still getting to grips with some of the new parts on his bike, had a lonely ride to third ahead of a great dice between White and Purificati which eventually went the way of White by a couple of bike lengths. Otto was the early leader in the 600s, but Schultz worked his way past on the third lap. The Capetonian took the class win and sixth overall ahead of Bertolini with Otto in eighth. McMahon was next up ahead of Bontekoning who won the battle of the Ducatis, leading van Aswegen across the line by just three-tenths of a second. Nasief Wadvalla (Fast Bike Racing Yamaha R1) finished in twelfth. Ian Thomas (SA Compressor Hire Kawasaki ZX10R) spent the early part of the race in a scrap with Sifiso Themba (King Price Extreme Kawasaki ZX10R) but was able to find a way through just after half distance. He was then able to open a gap and ended in thirteenth. A first lap incident spoilt Nelson’s fourth place on the grid and he dropped to the back of the field, eventually coming home in fifteenth.

When the lights went out to signal the start of the second race, it was McFadden that reacted quickest, grabbing the hole-shot to lead the way from Seller and Vlok. Purificati lost the front at turn five on the opening lap, dropping him to the back of the field and leaving Nelson, White and Bertolini to fight for fourth. Up front, Seller was looking for a way past McFadden. He got a move to stick on lap five and was able to pull away to take a comfortable win. A couple of laps later, Vlok got past McFadden to move into second, where he stayed until the finish. Once White got past Nelson he was able to open a slight gap, which he held until the flag. Nelson ended in fifth ahead of Bertolini, the leading rider in the Bridgestone Superbikes, with Schultz, again the leading 600, in seventh. McMahon went one better than he did in the opening race, taking eighth ahead of Bontekoning who had Wadvalla and Van Aswegen in his wheel tracks. Otto had to settle for twelfth ahead of a recovering Purificati with Thomas again getting the better of Themba.

In the day’s overall standings, Seller took the national NGK Spark Plugs SuperBike class from Vlok and McFadden. Two wins gave Schultz the overall SuperSport 600 win ahead of Otto while Bertolini took the Bridgestone SuperBike win from McMahon and Bontekoning.

The next round of the NGK SA Superbike series is scheduled to take place at Red Star Raceway in September although, with the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this could be changed.

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Picture Caption: Clint Seller leads Garrick Vlok
Photography by: Paul Bedford