FIM MEETS WITH ASO,ORGANISERS, TEAM MANAGERS, RIDERS AND MANUFACTURERS REGARDING RALLY SAFETY

As previously planned yesterday in Lisbon, Portugal – FIM President Jorge Viegas, FIM Sports Director Jean-Paul Gombeaud and FIM colleagues met with representatives from ASO (Organisers of the Dakar Rally), organisers, team managers, riders and manufacturers from the discipline of rally. The main objective of this important meeting was to reduce the number of accidents involving both riders and the public, and to increase safety in all rally events, but with a particular focus on the Dakar Rally.

Attendance: FIM President, Jorge Viegas; FIM Sports Director, Jean-Paul Gombeaud; CRT Director, Jean-François Wulveryck; CRT Member, Jose Rita; CTI Coordinator, Dominique Hebrard; ASO – Dakar Director, David Castera; ASO Competitor relationship Technical, Charles Cuypers; ASO – Dakar Technical, Thierry Viardot; Honda Team, Manager Ruben Faria; Honda Team Manager, Helder Rodrigues; Yamaha Team Manager, Alexandre Kowalski; Yamaha Team Manager, José Leloir; Yamaha Rider, Adrien Van Beveren; KTM Team Manager, Jordi Viladoms; KTM-HVA Tech, Stefan Huber; KTM (Extern) Heinz Kinigadner; KTM Rider, Sam Sunderland, HT Rally Raid Team Manager Henk Hellegers; Hero, Wolfgang Fischer.© FIM
 
 

During the meeting the following factors were identified as potentially increasing the risk of accidents, those being: Fatigue; dehydration; speeding and heightened confidence; hyper-thermic; navigational error; distraction; course – limited visibility of obstacle; and Road Book accuracy.


Following positive and constructive discussions between all parties, a number of proposals were put forward to address the points raised. They included:


Course: In future all courses at  FIM championship events will be designed with the collaboration of a former motorcycle rider.


Road Book: A ‘course inspector’ team to be appointed – to develop the Road Book for all rounds so that all riders / teams have the same level of information and a truer interpretation of the actual level of difficulty of the course.
Speed reduction: More variation of the styles of course in order to have lower average speeds.


Air intake restrictor – the installation of the air intake restrictors, as per FIM 300 WSBK – in order to reduce engine power and also reduce speed. A test period will apply until June.


Rider protection equipment: Adopt airbags as soon as possible. Imminent meeting planned with relevant manufacturers, with 2020 being used for development in order to implement fully in 2021.


Navigation: A new instrumentation tower is being developed, with more visual and audio signals, and more compact / less obtrusive to avoid injuries.
 

Pleased with the progress made during the meeting FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “I am satisfied with this very constructive meeting in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents in Rally, which is a priority for the FIM especially in the Dakar rally. We will test solutions from the start of this season and we will make a plan at the end of the season to adjust as necessary. The participation of ASO, KTM, Husqvarna, Hero, Honda, Yamaha and also the riders Sam Sunderland and Adrien Van Beveren allowed us to work hand in hand to take up this challenge to ensure the sustainability of this spectacular and unique championship.”

INFORMATION – OR THAILAND GRAND PRIX POSTPONED

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the decision has been taken to postpone the Thai GP.

As the global outbreak of coronavirus continues to develop, the Thai government has communicated that it won’t be possible to hold the OR Thailand Grand Prix on its original date. The FIM, IRTA and Dorna therefore regret to announce that the event, due to be held on the 22nd of March in Buriram, has been postponed.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna are currently evaluating if an alternative date is possible for the event later this season.

Further updates will be published as soon as available.

BRAD PLEASED WITH QATAR TEST PROGRESS AND EAGER FOR THE GP

Qatar Test, MotoGP 2020 – Losail International Circuit (QAT)

The lights are excitingly hovering on red for KTM’s fourth MotoGP in the immediate wake of the the second and final pre-season test at the Losail International Circuit. Brad Binder was the fastest KTM RC16 rider after three days at the venue that will now open the 2020 campaign in two weeks on March 8th.

For the second day in a row (and of three) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Brad Binder and Pol Espargaro clocked more than 110 laps of the 5.4km layout as afternoon turned to dusk and the crew completed their set-up work towards the first Grand Prix of twenty to come.

Rookie Brad (9th) was the surprise act after more modifications to his works KTM RC16 allowed the determined South African to register an effort that would stand less than half a second from the quickest lap of the day and be three tenths better than teammate Pol Espargaro (14).

Next up is the Grand Prix of Qatar in a fortnight’s time.

Brad Binder:
“I was quite surprised to be honest. I felt comfortable and we made some changes today that helped me a lot and sorted many of my issues. I put in a new set of tyres and ‘bam!’ the lap-time came. The bike was good. I felt way more comfortable to get it stopped, turned quicker and also get on the throttle earlier. Once we figured that part out then it was a lot easier to put a fast lap together but it was still quite difficult to do 22 of them, so I have a long way to go! We made some good steps these three days and the team has been awesome. I’m looking forward to continuing at the GP.”

Published by: https://bradbinder41.com/

TUNISIAN TOURING TOUR 2020

As part of the promotion of tourism and leisure by motorcycle in Tunisia, the Tunisian Federation of Motorcycling and Associated Activities, FTMAA is organizing a 5-day (6 nights) tourist rally, « The Tunisian Touring Tour 2020 », between the central and southern regions of Tunisia.


This rally is registered on the Tourism calendar of the FIM International Federation for the year 2020 in category 2 “FIM World Touring Challenge”.


We would be happy to count you among us in this great adventure and counting on your support by sending our poster and the program to your loved ones and contacts bikers or motorcycle clubs.


The price is 400 € in group rate and 450 € in individual all inclusive (light all inclusive: excluding drinks). Single supplement 60 €. Possibility for accompanying persons to follow the rally by car or bus (if sufficient number).


Places are limited and we recommend that you book as soon as possible and before March 10, 2020.


For more information or to book please contact:
contact.ftmaa@gmail.com
+216 71 236 005 / +216 71 231 777
mehdi.bach.hamba@gmail.com
+216 27 220 022
hazem20012001@yahoo.fr
+216 98 538 010


RIDE GREEN


Bonjour


Dans le cadre de la promotion du tourisme et loisirs en moto en Tunisie, la Fédération Tunisienne de Motocyclisme et des Activités Associées, FTMAA organise un rallye touristique « The Tunisian Touring Tour 2020 », de 5 jours (6 nuits) entre les régions du centre et du sud tunisien.
Ce rallye est inscrit au calendrier Tourisme de la Fédération Internationale FIM pour l’année 2020 dans la catégorie 2 « FIM World Touring Challenge ».


Nous serions heureux de vous compter parmi nous dans cette belle aventure et comptant vivement sur votre soutien en envoyant notre affiche et le programme à vos proches et contacts motards ou clubs de moto.


Le prix c’est 400€ en tarif groupe et 450€ en individuel tout compris (light all inclusif : hors boissons). Supplément single 60€. Possibilité pour les accompagnateurs de suivre le rallye en voiture ou en bus (si nombre suffisant).


Les places sont limitées et nous vous recommandons de réserver dans les meilleurs délais et avant le 10 mars 2020.


Pour plus d’informations ou pour réserver veuillez contacter :
contact.ftmaa@gmail.com
+216 71 236 005 / +216 71 231 777
mehdi.bach.hamba@gmail.com
+216 27 220 022
hazem20012001@yahoo.fr
+216 98 538 010
Cordialement


RIDE GREEN

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PURDON IN HOT PURSUIT OF MX1 CHAMPIONSHIP

The gates have officially dropped for the 2020 National Motocross season! This is what went down in sandy Port Elizabeth. Captured by Carli Smith for http://www.zcmc.co.za

Purdon starts the 2020 motocross season in victory


Tristan Purdon couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2020 season…

The Red Bull KTM motocross star left onlookers in awe as he went 1-1 to snatch MX1 victory at the opening round of the season in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.


On a track notorious for its unforgiving sand and demanding weather conditions, Purdon’s performance was particularly impressive. Despite some slow starts by his own high standards, his consistent pace was unmatched as he worked his way up the ranks of what was a highly competitive field.


The victory comes at the perfect time for Purdon, who is still waiting to hear the outcome of the 2019 MX1 Championship. “I’ve been so excited for a fresh start and to put last season behind me, and winning the opening round was the perfect way to do it! I came into 2019 with a lingering wrist injury, so I feel like a different person starting the year with nothing holding me back,” said Purdon.


It was a somewhat disappointing day for Red Bull KTM teammate Kerim Fitz-Gerald, who received a DNF in the first moto of MX1 due to technical issues. In MX2, however, he managed to wrap the day up in sixth overall. As the reigning national MX2 Champion, Fitz-Gerald will look to come back swinging in defense of his 2019 title.


The journey to the start line of Rover Raceway was perhaps tougher than the race itself for Jonathan Mlimi. The rider was sent to the sideline in 2019 after breaking his leg during a practice ride. With a new appreciation of the sport, Mlimi managed to lead a portion of the second heat and finish the day in sixth overall. Having given but a glimpse of his true potential in the High School Class, Mlimi commented:
“It gave me a lot of confidence to see that I’m capable of pushing the pace up front. Unfortunately, I’m still dealing with a niggle from the accident and felt it in the second moto especially. I’m going to get that sorted before the next round and come back stronger!”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

NIGHT OF THE JUMPS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH FREESTYLE OF NATIONS IN BERLIN FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!

On February 21/22, the opening round of the 2020 Freestyle Motocross season is set to explode with the 20th anniversary celebrations of NIGHT of the JUMPs taking stage in Germany’s capital of Berlin.

Creating an entirely new event for the Berlin crowd, NIGHT of the JUMPs hugely successful FMX Teams event will make its debut in the capital city with Freestyle of Nations hosting three of the strongest teams possible.

The Berlin crowd will witness not only the best Freestyle Motocross competition from their favourite riders, but in a new format featuring the best FMX Run from each rider, Best Whip, Synchro Comp with two riders jumping side-by-side and FMX Best Trick. Not to be outdone, some of the best Freestyle Mountain Bike riders will join in the competition in a very unique way.

The host nation, Team Germany will be led by the newest and youngest ever FMX World Champion, Luc Ackermann. Luc will be wanting to recreate the same magic which saw him win the 2019 World Championship, Red Bull Dirt Diggers and the 2019 Freestyle of Nations where Team Germany won in Hamburg last year with tricks like the crazy Double Backflip.

Luc’s older brother, Hannes Ackermann will return to Berlin fresh off a big year in 2019 after landing his first ever Front Flip combo’s. With the German crowd behind him, will Hannes be able to bring new combos to help Team Germany win, with the 3rd rider and Berlin local, Kai Haase, who oozes style and has the big tricks to back it up!

The World Team is overflowing with awesomeness with the return of the Unicorn and only rider ever to perform the Triple Backflip, Josh Sheehan from Australia. Josh had previously held the most consecutive World Championship wins in 2012 and will return for the first time in 5 years to NIGHT of the JUMPs. As a Red Bull X-Fighters Tour Champion and X Games Gold Medal winner, Sheehan will want to win his first ever Freestyle of Nations event also.

Returning to the World Team is the former World Champion, Javier Villegas from Chile. Villegas was part of the 2017 Freestyle of Nations winning team and won’t settle for second best in 2020. The only rider to have helped create, build and then compete on the Red Bull Dirt Diggers event, Jamie Squibb from England will return to the World Team in his hope to finally join the winning team, after being part of the 2018 and 2019 World Teams which were narrowly relegated to second place by Team Germany.

While Team Germany and the World Team have won the last 3 events between them, it will be Team Spain’s return to the Freestyle of Nations which should have even the best FMX riders worried. At the inaugural 2014 Freestyle of Nations on the largest ever indoor NIGHT of the JUMPs course, Team Spain were the clear winners. Maikel Melero who was part of that first winning team will return as a 5-time World Champion, and will be accompanied by the Spanish young-gun Marc Pinyol, who is ready to land something special in Berlin. The stage is set for History to be written by the 3rd ‚act‘, with the Spanish ‚Tandem Team‘ of Antonio Navas and Rocky Florensa who will ride the same bike in the first ever FMX competition ever. Team Spain is not a team to be underestimated.

Not only will the Freestyle Motocross competition be dominated by some of the biggest names in the sport, the MTB competition which forms part of the overall scoring will be just as big. With Germany’s own MTB star, Lukas Knopf being joined by Poland’s own super star, Szymon Godziek the bar for the MTB competition has also been well and truly raised. With the roll-in going from 6 metres high to a staggering 11 metres, the Berlin crowd can expect to see some wild MTB tricks by some of the best riders in the game.

With an all new event, and all new side events, the Freestyle of Nations in Berlin is primed to be the biggest spectacle to be held under the roof of the Mercedes Benz Arena.

NIGHT of the JUMPs / Freestyle of Nations
21./22. February 2020
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin /Germany

Team Germany:
Luc Ackermann
Hannes Ackermann
Kai Haase

Team Spain:
Maikel Melero
Marc Pinyol
Antonio Navas / Rocky Florensa

World Team:
Josh Sheehan
Javier Villegas
Jamie Squibb

Videolink NIGHT of the JUMPs Trailer 2020:
https://youtu.be/jxN1FUbk1X4

More info, photos and video at www.NIGHToftheJUMPs.com.

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