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FRENCH TOAST!

Reigning champion Toni Bou (Repsol Honda) will start favourite to claim an unprecedented 14th consecutive crown when the 2020 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship finally gets under way this coming weekend with TrialGP France.

At the beginning of the year the Spanish superstar nailed his 14th-straight FIM X-Trial World Championship with an unblemished five-from-five victories and the 33-year-old will be fully focussed on repeating this feat outdoors, starting with two days of competition at the ski resort of Isola 2000 on September 4-6.

With COVID-19 forcing a radical revision of the calendar, the 2020 championship will be fought-out over four rounds with each event featuring two days of points-paying competition. From France the best Trial riders on the planet will head to Pobladura de las Regueras in Spain and then Sant Julia in Andorra over successive weekends before signing off with TrialGP Italy at Lazzate on October 9-11.

There will be no let-up in the schedule at Isola 2000, last used for top-flight competition in 2016 when it was the venue for the Trial des Nations. Situated high in the French Alps but less than 50 miles from the Mediterranean city of Nice, the scenic purpose-built facility will test a full-house of TrialGP Women, Trial2, Trial2 Women, Trial125 and Trial-E classes that are also in action alongside the premier TrialGP riders.

Bou’s main opposition should come from his fierce rival and compatriot Adam Raga (TRRS). The two-time TrialGP World Champion has pushed Bou hard throughout his 13-year reign but Raga is by no means the only opposition in a field packed with quality and you can expect strong challenges from riders including all-action Japanese fan-favourite Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Honda), 22-year-old Jaime Busto (Vertigo) and 2019 World No.5 Jorge Casales (Gas Gas).

Emma Bristow (Sherco) will start as a hot favourite to win her seventh consecutive TrialGP Women crown. Bristow’s unbeaten since the final round of the 2017 championship but the British lioness will need to remain fully focussed because her rivals – led by Spain’s Berta Abellan (Vertigo) and Sandra Gomez (TRRS) – are queuing up to dethrone her.

Spain’s Gabriel Marcelli (Honda) was crowned Trial2 World Champion last year but he’s moved up to TrialGP for 2020 leaving this class up for grabs. Veteran Matteo Grattarola (Beta) will be hoping to regain the title he won in 2018 and expect Britain’s Toby Martyn (TRRS), who came so close to taking the title from the Italian two years ago, to be a contender after a slightly below-par performance last year. With both riders on new machinery in 2020 this class could be too close to call. However, it’s by no means a two-horse race and there is no shortage of talented riders in a stacked field who will be looking to make their mark.

It’s also tough to pick a front-runner in Trial2 Women. Last year’s top two riders will not compete this season, guaranteeing that there will be a new name on the championship trophy at the end of the campaign. Going on the 2019 formbook you can expect Britain’s Alicia Robinson (Beta) – who won last year’s final round – to be in the hunt.

A breeding ground for future champions, Trial125 is packed with up-and-coming talent. With nothing to gauge form on so far this season – and last year’s top riders moving up to Trial2 – you should expect the unexpected, although Spain’s Alex Canales (TRRS) will be hoping to improve on his three podiums in 2019 and World ranking of No.4.

Now in its fourth year, the FIM TrialE Cup for electric motorcycles was dominated last season by former X-Trial World Champion Albert Cabestany (Gas Gas) who remained unbeaten and the Spanish veteran is back to defend his title and will be tough to beat.

For regular updates and live results go to the new-look http://www.trialgp.com website or check out our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – just search for TrialGP.

FIM ENVIRONMENTAL CODE 2020 PUBLISHED

The new environmental code 2020 has been now published. This year´s code is celebrating the 25 anniversary of the code that was approved in 1994 during the FIM congress in Kuala Lumpur and entered in force in 1995.


You can download the environmental code 2020 in English from HERE and in French from HERE.


Director of the International Sustainability Commission Katia Juárez Dubón comments:
“The FIM environmental code is a constantly evolving document and the first of its kind to be adopted by an international sports federation.”


Remembering the first launching she expresses: “There was an urgent need to establish these regulations in the light of pressure from our national federations, some of which were experiencing serious problems with their circuits or with obtaining permission to organise events.”


25 years after the first environmental code was launched the CID now presents a complete revamped document in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

FIM ANTI-DOPING – DECISION OF THE FIM CDI – AUSTRALIAN RIDER ANTHONY WEST: VIOLATIONS OF THE PROHIBITION OF PARTICIPATION DURING INELIGIBILITY

Australian Rider Anthony West: Violations of the prohibition of participation during ineligibility


In the framework of a decision rendered by the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) on 28 January 2019, Mr Anthony West was sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years running from 17 January 2019 until 14th September 2020. (i.e Mr. West was tested positive for a prohibited substance under the heading ‘S6 Stimulants’ of the list of prohibited substances of the FIM Anti-Doping Code (CAD)).

Accordingly, and pursuant to article 10.12.1 CAD, Mr West was banned from participating in any capacity in any competition or activity during the period of ineligibility decided by the CDI.

During his period of ineligibility Mr West participated in several rounds of the Brazilian Superbike Championship. The CDI has considered that the participation of Mr West in the aforementioned motorcycling competitions constituted violations of the prohibition against participation during ineligibility and has imposed to Mr. West a new period of ineligibility of 6 months starting from 15 September 2020 and ending on 14 March 2021, in accordance with article 10.12.3 CAD.

An appeal against this decision may be lodged before the Court for Arbitration for Sport within 21 days.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time.

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FIM GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – STATEMENT FROM THE FIM MOTOGP™ STEWARDS, 18 AUGUST

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Grand Prix World Championship Statement from the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards, 18 August

Following several incidents both on and off track during the last two Grands Prix in the Czech Republic and Austria, the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards began to summon the riders involved in order to better understand the circumstances of each situation, in addition to analysing video footage of the incidents in question.

Since it was not possible to organise all the hearings at the end of the Austrian GP MotoGP™ race on Sunday the 16th of August, the members of the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards panel, composed of Bill Cumbow, Freddie Spencer and Ralph Bohnhorst, will continue to summon the riders concerned as soon as possible ahead of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria.

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) each attended a hearing on Saturday at the Austrian GP.

Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) will now each meet with the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards on Thursday the 20th of August at the Red Bull Ring.

The FIM’s mission is to support riders and contribute to their safety and education, as well as to apply any sanctions required by the FIM Regulations.

A press release will be issued after the hearings.
 

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