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RK TAKASAGO CHAIN EXPANDS FIM ISDE PARTNERSHIP

The FIM is honoured to announce that RK Takasago Chain has expanded its partnership with the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) for a further three years following the success of the initial two-year agreement.

With more than sixty years of experience in the sector RK is recognised as one of the leading manufacturers of chain, and over this long period has delivered constant quality, innovation and high-performance products that has allowed them to work with world-renowned partners.

The now confirmed ongoing relationship, that will cover five years in total, will see RK remain an official 6DAYS sponsor for the next three editions of the ISDE starting with this year’s event in France that will be staged in Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September, plus covering the competitions in Argentina in 2023 and Spain in 2024. The newly signed agreement means that RK will hold the exclusive rights in the chain market segment for an additional three-years.


With a hugely positive outcome during the last two editions of the ISDE, RK will continue to use the opportunity of the 6DAYS to reinforce their brand exposure in the off road / enduro market segment. Equally important is the fact that RK will also continue to use this historic competition as the ultimate test for product development and will benefit from valued feedback from their supported riders who include the likes of Italian rider Andrea Verona, Daniel Milner from Australia, Mikael Persson from Sweden, and Hamish MacDonald from New Zealand.


Reliability is a key element of the ISDE and is a value that is forefront in RK Takasago Chain objectives alongside the company’s motto “being the best is a commitment”, hence the renewed partnership represents the perfect event / brand synergy.


Expressing his appreciation of reaching this new agreement Fabio Muner – FIM Marketing & Digital Director commented: “Yet again we see another brand which has directly benefited from its official association with the ISDE, and thanks to those measurable results has taken the decision to extend its relationship with what remains one of the biggest events in the off-road calendar. The ISDE offers a unique opportunity for product development during six tough days of competition plus the chance to showcase the brand to a truly global and targeted audience. We are super pleased to retain RK Takasago Chain as part of the ISDE and would like to thank them for their continued support.”


Mr. EH Lee, RK Vice President commented:
“We are very proud to continue the partnership with the oldest FIM competition worldwide, the International Six Days of Enduro. Being “The Choice of Champions!” is our goal, and we believe the best R&D is only available on race tracks. We will continue to take this opportunity to prove the performance and quality of our products, also taking every chance possible to refine our product. Being the best is a commitment! “

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BOU BLASTS BACK!

After slipping to a shock defeat on the first day of the opening round of the 2022 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship, defending champion Toni Bou (Montesa) fired straight back to reclaim the top spot today – but the victory hung in the balance until the very last section of the final lap.

The rider who pushed him all the way to the end of day two of the TrialGP of Spain at L’Hospitalet de L’Infant was yesterday’s winner Jaime Busto (Vertigo) who has started the season in the best form of his career.


In the TrialGP Women and Trial2 categories Emma Bristow (Sherco) and Pablo Suarez (Montesa) completed double weekend wins while David Fabien (Beta) came out top in Trial3.


With three sections made harder for all classes following yesterday’s event and the blazing Spanish sun beaming down all day, fitness and finesse were called for in equal measure.

At the age of 35, Bou is 11 years older than his fellow Spaniard and he needed to draw on all the experience of 15 years at the top to beat a rival who is displaying incredible maturity and the ability to soak up pressure – and there was no shortage of pressure today with just one mark separating the winning pair after the full 24 sections.


Bou led Busto by one mark following the opening lap on a total of three but an early maximum on section two on the second lap when he momentarily stopped between two huge steps handed the younger man a four-point advantage which he briefly held before he incurred a five of his own on the rocky, near vertical banks of section four.


The pair then slugged it out at the front through a super-tense final eight section with both adding a couple more marks to their totals with Bou ending on 10 to Busto’s 11.


“I didn’t start the season with the best day yesterday,” said Bou, “but today I was riding well. I made a mistake and stopped at section two on the second lap but it’s amazing to start with a second and first place here in Tarragona.”


Just to underline their dominance, former champion Adam Raga (TRRS) was third on 32 and the veteran was 11 clear of fourth-placed Jorge Casales (Scorpa) and 17 ahead of Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) who completed the all-Spanish top five.

British lioness Bristow made it a dazzling double today in TrialGP Women with a dominant performance as once again Berta Abellan (Scorpa) emerged as her main competition – although the Spaniard was soundly beaten.


Bristow, who lost her world title last year after seven consecutive crowns, parted with two marks on the opening lap to lead Abellan by two before moving up a gear on the second lap and staying clean as her rival added an additional 12 to her total.


“I felt like I was riding well today and didn’t really make many mistakes,” said Emma. “I had a good feeling with the bike and two out of two is a dream start to the championship.”


A close fourth yesterday, Italy’s Andrea Sofia Rabino (Beta) completed the podium with her total of 31 good enough to finish two marks ahead of yesterday’s third-placed finisher Naomi Monnier (GASGAS) from France before a sizeable gap back to German rider Vivian Wachs (TRRS) and Norwegian Huldeborg Barkved (GASGAS).


That’s six different nationalities on five different marques in the top six – well they do say variety is the spice of life!


There was another dynamite double in the Trial2 class where Suarez made it two wins on the trot – but Britain’s Jack Peace (Sherco) made him fight for it every inch of the way.


A phenomenal opening lap of just one gave the Spaniard a seven-mark advantage over Peace – last year’s Trial2 runner-up – and Norway’s Sondre Haga (Beta) at the halfway stage but it was almost all-change at the top on lap two.


On his second circuit Suarez appeared to tighten up and a couple of maximums and a three contributed to his final trial total of 17 and he only took the victory on a tie-break after rock-solid Peace added just an extra nine to his score.


“It has been an amazing weekend for me,” said Suarez. “The second lap today was not so good but I managed to keep the lead. I’m so happy.”

Haga also suffered a dip in form and he was lucky to make the podium for the second time over the weekend with his final total of 24 only one better than Britain’s Billy Green (Scorpa) who took fourth on a tie-break from Hugo Dufrese (Vertigo).


Even riders at this level suffer from first-day nerves and Czech teenager David Fabien (Beta) saw his hopes of victory yesterday in Trial3 evaporate on the opening lap. However, he secured third on Saturday with a sensational second lap and carried this momentum into today.


Tied with Saturday’s winner Harry Hemingway (Beta) on two marks after a close and competitive opening lap, Fabien stayed cool and collected on lap two and added another couple to his total to claim a career-first win at this level as the British rider racked up a further 13.


“It’s my first win so it feels great,” said Fabien. “Today was very good for me – it was super-hot and the sections were very hard so I’m super-happy with my riding.”


Following the disappointment of narrowly missing out on a podium on his series debut, Jamie Galloway (TRRS) bounced back to make it two British riders on the box with a total of 28 to take third from Harry’s younger brother George (Beta) who finished on 35 after dropping 11 marks in the final three sections.


The best trial riders on the planet now have just a few days to regroup before round two is staged on June 17-19 with the TrialGP of Andorra, held high in the Pyrenees around the scenic town of Sant Julià.

THE HEAT IS ON!

Based around 70 miles south west of Barcelona, the Tarragona venue hadn’t seen top-flight trial action since the 2015 FIM Trial des Nations.

Defending champion Toni Bou (Montesa) hasn’t lost an opening round since 2016 but the record-breaking champ – who’s looking for his 16th straight title this year – had to settle for second after a sensational performance by fellow Spaniard Jaime Busto (Vertigo).


In baking temperatures Busto recorded only his second career-win at the highest level – and the first-ever TrialGP victory for the Spanish manufacturer – to put himself on top of the world!


“Today has been incredible,” said Busto, “and I’m so happy to start the season like this. The bike and the team have been incredible and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”


After an opening man-made section of logs and concrete pipes that took a shock maximum at the first attempt from Bou, the action was predominantly in and around a dry riverbed where super-steep bankings and huge rocks provided a serious challenge for the best riders in the world.


Following a high-scoring opening lap with plenty of time penalties that ultimately had no bearing on the podium positions, Miquel Gelabert (GASGAS) was leading on 22 followed by Busto and Gelabert’s younger brother Aniol (Beta) – who was riding out of his skin after graduating to the TrialGP class this season – on 24. Bou was next best on 25 with Adam Raga (TRRS) completing the all-Spanish top five on 27.


Ultimately, two sections decided the outcome of the trial – section four set under a viaduct with precipitous bankings and imposing boulders and section eight in the riverbed with its series of massive rock steps.


Bou couldn’t get to grips with either and picked up maximums at each attempt while Busto added just eight to his total as he ran out winner with 25 on observation and four time penalties giving him a six-mark advantage as Bou parted with 32 and picked up further three on time.


Gelabert was a career-best equalling third on a total of 45 which put him six clear of his brother as Raga came home in fifth on 51 with his four time penalties costing him a position.

With last year’s TrialGP Women champion Laia Sanz absent, the premier female class followed the form book with Britain’s Emma Bristow (Sherco) – who won seven straight crowns from 2014 to 2020 – quickly getting into her stride.


A single mark lost on section three on the opening lap put her at an initial disadvantage when Naomi Monnier (GASGAS) from France, Andrea Sofia Rabino (Beta) from Italy and Norway’s Huldeborg Barkved (GASGAS) all went clean to share the early lead in this truly international class.


Bristow, however, is a master at dealing with pressure and she quickly regrouped to lose just two further marks on the remainder of the 12-section lap to tie for the lead at the halfway point with her Spanish rival Berta Abellan (Scorpa) as Monnier and Rabino shared third position on nine marks apiece.


It was a high-pressure start to lap two with Bristow and Abellan going toe-to-toe until section six when the 31-year-old Brit pulled clear to complete the lap having added just a single mark to her score as Abellan racked up an addition six penalties to end the day with a total of nine.


“Obviously, I’m pleased to come away with first,” said Bristow. “It’s a great way to start the championship. Hopefully tomorrow the sections will be a little bit more difficult but I’m happy with the way I feel on the bike and the team is really good.”


Completing the podium after a second lap of 12, Monnier’s score of 21 put her two ahead of Rabino and five in front of Barkved.

With Toby Martyn (TRRS) and Aniol Gelabert – first and third last season – both moving up to TrialGP and Britain’s Jack Peace (Sherco) and Italy’s Lorenzo Gandola (Beta), who finished 2021 in second and fourth, both having a bad day the door in Trial2 was left open for some fresh talent to shine.


It was rising Spanish star Pablo Suarez (Montesa) who produced an almost faultless performance. After ending last year’s series in seventh, the 21-year-old has clearly been working hard over the off-season and he dropped just two marks, his second coming on the very last section of the trial!


His compatriot Arnau Farre (Sherco) was tied with him for the lead at the halfway mark but a maximum on section six on lap two ruined his chances and he ended the day on a total of seven which was still 10 clear of third-placed Sondre Haga (Beta) from Norway.


“Today has been great for me,” said Suarez. “There was some pressure because Arnau was also riding really well. I’m very happy with the result.”

With electric motorcycles competing against conventional petrol-engined machines for the first time in the series’ history, French rider Gael Chatagno (Electric Motion) showed just how competitive these bikes can be and was only three marks away from the podium.

For 2022 the old Trial125 class has been rebranded as Trial3 and Harry Hemingway (Beta) got his campaign off to the best possible start with a conclusive win – although it wasn’t all plain sailing for the young British rider who ended last year as runner-up.
A comfortable six marks clear of Adria Mercade (Scorpa) following his incredible clean opening lap, a maximum on section six second time around caused a few nervous moments but he held it together and his total of seven saw him finish five marks ahead of his talented Spanish rival to top the 28-strong field.


“It’s the ideal way to start the year,” said Hemingway. “I set off great with a perfect first lap but I got a bit tired in the heat on the second lap and made a mistake but I’m still very happy with a score of seven.”


The Czech Republic’s David Fabien (Beta) started the day as one of the pre-event favourites but a disastrous opening lap total of 18 dropped him out of contention. However, the 16-year-old – fourth overall in 2021 – showed his class and parted with just three marks on lap two to snatch the final podium position from class newcomer Jamie Galloway (TRRS) from Britain.


The action resumes tomorrow with the first rider away at 9am.

INFORMATION – FIM WORLD RALLY-RAID CHAMPIONSHIP AND WORLD CUPS – 2022 CALENDAR, UPDATE 11 JUNE

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM World Rally-Raid Championship & World Cups 2022 Calendar, UPDATE 11 June.

Revised dates for Rallye du Maroc and Andalucía Rally*

Following the postponement of the Andalucía rally to the autumn due to the dry conditions in the region and associated fire risk, the event organisers, the FIA, the FIM and A.S.O. together have set new dates for the next rounds of the FIA-FIM World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC).

The rallye du Maroc, initially scheduled from 7 to 12 October, will be brought forward by a week from 1 to 6 October to allow the Andalucía rally to take place from 18 to 23 October, leaving an interval of 12 days between the events.

The FIA, the FIM and the W2RC promoter A.S.O. are aware of the challenges brought about by the situation for the competing teams and the consequences in their preparation and organisation. The change of dates means a very intensive end to the season, but it promises to be a hugely exciting finale to the championship.

They would like to thank Morocco’s Fédération Royale Marocaine des Sports Automobiles and Motocyclisme for supporting these changes. They are also grateful to the Spanish automobile and motorcycle federations, Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (RFEDA) and the Real Federación Motociclista Española (RFME), for their collaboration and to the Todoterreno Cuenca Rally for modifying their schedule, with their event now being held from 14 to 15 October.

*subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council

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