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INTRODUCING THE TRADEMORE MSA CROSS COUNTRY SERIES

What South African Cross Country Moto Trademore Announcement
Where Johannesburg
When Wednesday 1 December 2021
Community South Africa National

Trademore Group to sponsor Cross Country Motorcycle Nationals

The Trademore Group of Companies has taken up the title sponsorship of the 2022 MSA South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Series. Trademore, a company dealing in among others, petroleum, paraffin and feeds, and the MSA Cross Country Motorcycle Working Group confirmed the tie-up which will also strive to develop the sport and make it even more attractive to competitors across the board.

“It is an honour for Trademore to be asked to be the title sponsor for the 2022 MSA South African Cross Country Motorcycle Series,” Trademore Group of Companies owner Kim Lawrence du Plessis confirmed. “We find so much pleasure and adrenalin in being able to give back to a sport that means so much to our children, family and friends. “We also want to help riders who love the sport, but find it really tough to compete due to financial pressure.

“We have made so many special friends and visited beautiful places in our beautiful country that we’d likely never have seen were it not for this great sport. “We salute all the racing organisers and parents who give up their precious time and money to make it happen. “We are confident that 2022 will be a special season with Kyle and the MSA Cross Country Working Group’s ideas, so may 2022 be a truly special year for us all. “Safe racing from the Trademore Group of Companies!”

“We are extremely grateful to Kim Lawrence du Plessis and the Trademore Group team for backing us for 2022,” MSA Cross Country Motorcycle Working Group chair Kyle Enslin added. “MSA and its Working Group has put loads of effort in to bolster a vital facet within local motorsport and the MSA Cross Country Series has made good, steady progress over the past two years. “Now having a world class title sponsor in the Trademore Group further solidifies our gains and successes.

“The MSA Cross Country Working Group would also like to take this opportunity to salute our 2021 South African champions, Bradley Cox, Mike Pentecost, Davin Cocker, Wade Blaauw, Greg Nairn and Dylan Jones. “Overall and OR2 champion Bradley Cox enjoyed a splendid season on his Brother Leader Tread KTM. “He now joins the long line of SA Cross Country champions including his dad Alfie, to tackle the Dakar in January. “We wish him the best of luck in Saudi Arabia!

“Our OR1 open class champion Michael Pentecost is the epitome of what we are trying to achieve in Cross Country racing. “Mike was scratching along on a banged-up old bike and begging used spares and tyres when CiT Franchise Co came along and put him onto one of its brand new Kawasakis. “Mike never looked back and went on to beat the biggest names in the sport to steal a fairytale title. “That’s what it is all about! “We also greatly appreciate Pepson Plastics’ Iain Pepper’s efforts to bring Kawasaki back to our sport.

“Davin Cocker showed a steely resolve to bounce back and swipe a tightly fought last gasp OR3 title for Rockstar Husqvarna. “Moving onto our elder statesmen, Wade Blaauw was unbeaten as he stormed to yet another over-36 year old Senior championship on his Roost KTM. “And Greg Nairn fought hard on his Husqvarna for his over-46 Masters title.

“Last but not at all least, the junior classes. “Dylan Jones did the hard yards through the season on his KTM and cruised home to clinch a close High School title. “Cobus Bester won the last three rounds on the trot en route to take the primary school age Interprovincial 85cc Junior championship. “Our junior primary Interprovincial 65cc class is meanwhile nurturing our Cross Country heroes of the future. “We cannot wait to watch them develop and thrive.

“Now we look forward to an epic 2022 season as the Trademore Group South African National Cross Country Series. “It all kicks off with the the first round outside Pretoria on 26 February before five more punishing races all around the country. “Bring it on!”

Issued on behalf of Trademore SA Cross Country

FIM AWARDS 2020 – 2021: MOTUL’S LOYAL SUPPORT CONTINUES

Supporter of the FIM Awards since 2012, FIM Global Partners since 2015 and title sponsor of the FIM World Superbike Championship, Motul is a brand synonymous with motorcycle sport, with a rich and varied history.

Since the 1950s the French company has, in its own words, placed immense value in using motorsport as its ‘prime creative and ingenious laboratory’. The legacy of this real-world research is a huge depth of knowledge in understanding the demands of racing at the very highest level and, as part of the FIM Quality Product for lubricant category, all Motul lubrication products now display the FIM Quality Product logo on their packaging.


In 2020, Motul-supported World championship winners included MotoGP champion Joan Mir — the super-consistent Spanish rider helping Suzuki to an historic win at the very highest level of motorcycle racing for the first time since taking the 500GP title with Kenny Roberts Junior in 2000.


Motul’s focus and success is not limited to the racetrack, however, and its commitment to off-road sport was reinforced this year when it became the FIM ISDE Main Partner, this challenging multi-day enduro providing the ideal event to showcase Motul’s products and brand values.


This racing spirit combined with a high-quality product range that covers every possible two-wheeled application, across a huge range of motorcycle sports, has ensured ongoing success for Motul and its supported teams and riders across multiple disciplines. We look forward to celebrating an array of World championship titles ranging from MotoGP to Ice Speedway with Motul at this year’s event.


Reinforcing their loyal relationship with the FIM, Fabrizio D’Ottavi – Motul Group Powersports Communication Manager said: “Motul congratulates the motorcycle sport community and its champions, is the motto that links our brand to the prestigious FIM Awards. A moment and a place of dreams where the efforts and challenges of a season, I could say of a lifetime, of riders from all the different motorcycle disciplines are celebrated in front of the entire motorcycle sport community.”


“Motul, as a company heavily involved in the sector, could simply not miss celebrating two years of great successes. We have great memories of the Suzuki ECSTAR Team winning the MotoGP World Championship in 2020 with Joan Mir; the MXGP title taken by Honda rider, Tim Gajser with the HRC MXGP Team the same year; right up to the most recent Endurance World Championship won by the Yoshimura SERT Motul Team. An intense journey of successes always makes us proud to be next to these great riders and teams!”


Fabio Muner – FIM Marketing & Digital Director concluded by adding. “We are very proud of this long and loyal association with Motul and are thankful for their continued support across various FIM corporate programmes and events. Over an extended period, the collaboration has proved to be a very successful one, and one that has brought great benefits to both parties. Motul is highly active brand in our community and this is reflected both in their presence and status, and shows what can be achieved through close and effective partnerships.”

Picture Caption: FIM medals during the FIM Awards 2019 at Monaco Motul

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FIM WOMEN IN MOTORCYCLING COMMISSION CELEBRATES ITS 15-YEAR JOURNEY

FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) had its first commission meeting 15 years ago in Salvador Bahia, Brazil. The decision to create the commission was done earlier that year in February 2006 and in June the FIM also signed the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport.

During the last 15 years the CFM has focused on providing more opportunities for women involved in all motorcycling activities and making the motorcycling world more inclusive. Today the CFM launches its 15-year anniversary video presenting the highlights of the past decade and a half. As the video demonstrates, at the moment women have their own World Championship series in Trial, Motocross and Enduro and World Cup series in Snowcross, Cross Country and Baja. The number and level of riders have grown year after year providing some very interesting battles for the spectators.

Beside the sport activities the CFM has recently put more focus on training and inspiring women to aim for the leadership roles within motorcycling. As a second part of the anniversary campaign the commission will launch the second edition of the “Dream Big” book that presents many inspiring stories of women from different roles within the motorcycling world.

FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director Nita Korhonen: “The last 15 years have been a great adventure for our commission and a lot has happened since our first meeting in Brazil in the autumn of 2006. Today it is natural that women can succeed and even win World Championships in motorcycling against male competitors, but we hope to see also more women in the leadership roles on a national and international level. Today we celebrate the last 15 years with our milestone video and as a second part of the celebration campaign we will soon launch the successor of the Dream Big book. The third and final part will be a big surprise that we hope will show the direction for the future of the CFM.”

FIM President Jorge Viegas: “Women are a natural part of motorcycling and the FIM strongly supports the presence of women in all the motorcycling activities worldwide. We need more diversity in motorcycling and we all have to work towards a more equal and more gender balanced world. The FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission has done a brilliant job over the past 15 years and during this time we have seen many great achievements and milestones. I hope that one day women will be so well represented in motorcycling that there is no longer a requirement to have a dedicated women´s commission anymore.”

GREEN’S GROWING UP!

After winning the 2018 Trial125 title, Green has twice finished 13th in Trial2 and this year progressed to 10th but he’s a long way away from where he wants to be.

“I would have liked to progress faster,” he said. “I think a few people might have expected me to do a bit better a bit sooner knowing that my ability isn’t that far off but my consistency hasn’t quite been there.


“I’d like to be consistently in and around the top five and fighting for podiums. At the last few rounds I’d have a wobbly first lap and my second lap would be one of the best of the trial so I need to pull it together for both laps because it is there.”


If you’re after a comparison you don’t have to look far. Toby Martyn (TRRS) is the 2021 Trial2 champ and has the British title as well but the 21-year-old has never been shy when it comes to talking about dealing with pressure and it took him five years to piece together the puzzle.


With a couple of years more experience under his belt, Martyn is a great role model for any aspiring rider and Green has him lined up in his crosshairs.


“I need to work on my inconsistencies but I feel I can progress because there were a couple of times this season that I’ve beaten or been close to Toby. If you look at him now, he’s just won the Trial2 class and he’s going up to the TrialGP class so to follow in his footsteps is where I’d like to be going.


Kicking off his 2021 campaign with wildly-inconsistent 8-18 results at the first round in Italy, Green finished third at round two in France and backed this up with seventh on the opening day in Andorra.


Everything clicked for him on the second day in the Pyrenees and he finally showed what he was capable of with his total of nine earning him a comprehensive victory, only for him to be disqualified.


True champions have the ability to turn a negative into a positive and, despite the disqualification, the second day in Andorra was a big boost to Green’s confidence.


“My inconsistencies were very frustrating. I have had some good results but to be so up and down isn’t simple for me to process. But I’m happy – I know I have the ability to go up there and do well, it’s just piecing it together.”


Dougie Lampkin was laying kerbs and roofing when he began to get a taste of the big time and Green’s also not afraid to roll up his sleeves having swapped his job in a pizzeria for work as a labourer on a building site.


“It’s part of what I have to do to make it work. It gives me drive to make use of the spare time I have knowing that I’m putting everything I have into it and that it’s not just been handed to me on a plate. It makes me appreciate the time I have off work to use it productively. I like that it’s grounding.


“The dream is to try and be the best in the world – that’s the end goal – but, being realistic, I just want to be the best rider I can be.”


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