BLOEM ANYTHING BUT BORING FOR HUSQVARNA RACING

The city of roses welcomed the National Motorcross Championship roadshow for round three this weekend. The iconic Free State capital Bloemfontein turned out to be a bittersweet weekend for the Husqvarna racing team that was anything but boring. The weekend was billed to be a big “finding our feet” exercise for the Husqvarna Racing squad with some expectations but the perfectly primed red earth of BORC was not destined to yield major fireworks.

Young Neil van der Vyver despite suffering an initial setback with a rider stopping in front of him ruining his chances in the first moto battled back in moto2 with a big heart and took the overall win in the Pro Mini class for Husqvarna Racing. “The weekend started all right but hitting that backmarker that stopped in front of me nearly ruined my weekend, I just managed my race after that and came back strong in the second moto,” Van der Vyver said. He added that he was “super happy” with the weekend and his first overall win.


Thunder Valley saw new signing Michael Docherty battle with bike problems and another unlucky roll of the dice saw him battle with health problems coming into BORC. It was evident he had the speed but to quote him, “I was right in there initially but could just not keep up the battle feeling that flat”. He added, “I was happy to finish both motos and knew I could perhaps do more but it just wasn’t in the cards for me this time around, I’m hungry to battle with the guys at the next one”.

Fresh from US soil, Josh Mlimi has returned to the  SA racing scene with his first National, “I made a small mistake that led to a small crash, but other than that moto2 went a lot better. I know I have a lot of work to do on my fitness and I am super happy being back, but at this stage it is one race at a time, and I’m looking forward to the season ahead,” he said.


Brand manager for Husqvarna South Africa Fred Fensham said, “We’re still bubbling along and we know the dice just rolled and fell on the wrong side for us this time”. “Josh raced back on SA soil for the first time in years and showed he was not just out having fun,” said. He added, “No matter how much you train it is very different in racing, and in 2023 you can know that he will be your man”. Fensham had a lot of praise for young Neil van der Vyfer who showed true grit coming back from that unfortunate stop in moto1. He also mentioned that “It’s just a question of time” until Docherty flies the Husqvarna racing flag high.”


The next Championship round winds down to the windy city where Husqvarna racing will be looking to crack the whip again in the sands of the Eastern Cape.

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Justin Reinecke – ZCMC Media

RACING SERVICES & BIKES RENTALS – ARE YOU RACE READY?

Fabio Fasola #872 (ITA) taking advantage of the SHERCO Racing Service during the 2021 FIM ISDE ©FIM

There is no doubt that the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) remains a real challenge on many different levels and preparing and maintaining your motorcycle is one of the most important parts of the ISDE. As per previous editions ISDE competitors will again be able to take advantage of an extensive range of racing and rental services provided by the major manufacturers at this year’s event at Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.

Riders will be able to rent the latest models and enjoy the performance and reliability benefits of riding a new factory machine prepared by mechanics who have great ISDE experience, or alternatively can choose to use their own motorcycle although can still profit from the expert assistance and spares back up that will be on hand. Choosing any of these options will help towards a hassle-free week, which offers the best chance of getting the absolute most from the adventure that the ISDE is.


Below are listed the racing and rental services that are currently available, but that are being added to as the event date continues to get closer. Please click on each manufacturer logo below for full details of what they have on offer and when their registration process closes – taking note of the limited number of packages that are available on a first come first served basis and the need to secure your booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Finally, with high demand for tourist accommodation in the region for the summer season, it is strongly recommended that ISDE bookings are made with Le Puy-en-Velay Tourist Office as soon as possible. Local advisors are on hand to recommend options to suit all budgets.

More details about accomodations

Other information regarding the 2022 ISDE can be found at – www.fim-isde.com

LETTER FROM THE FIM PRESIDENT – 2022 FIM SUSTAINABILITY WEEK

Jorge Viegas, FIM President © Good-Shoot David Reygondeau

This year marks an important milestone in the history of the FIM, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of our Ride Green Programme, which began in 1992, with a great group of professionals who were focused on preparing the roadmap for a sustainable future of our sport.

This year marks an important milestone in the history of the FIM, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of our Ride Green Programme, which began in 1992, with a great group of professionals who were focused on preparing the roadmap for a sustainable future of our sport.


Three decades of impact in which for a long time we were totally isolated in the sports environment and in which only the Olympic Committee and some sports associations were clear about the fundamental role of sport in sustainable development.


If we started this project with the aim of defending our sport and reducing its impact, today three decades later, our vision is slight different: Use our sport as an facilitator of sustainable development and contribute to the world agenda 2030.
Both in motorcycle sport and in tourism and mobility we are embedding sustainability by developing fundamental issues such as education for our FIM family, inclusion, energy transition, noise level reduction, climate change, awareness and all this aligned with the objectives of the sustainable development amongst others.


Currently our promoters are investing in sustainability and carbon neutrality strategies, and we increasingly realise the importance of this topic in all the interest groups of our great family.


Our sponsors are progressively aware of the importance of sponsoring responsible products aligned with their strategies. We must offer safe, quality, and sustainable championships that enhance the brand of our sponsors.


We also have a large number of fans concerned about current issues such as climate change, pollution, noise who are looking for conscious and committed entertainment.


With these reflections I want to motivate you to join the actions for the planet and as the great community that we are, we join together to celebrate sustainable living during the FIM Sustainability Week, which will take place from 30 May, culminating with the International Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2022.


With the theme of World Environment Day 2022 #OnlyOneEarth I wish you a great summer and a great season.


Jorge Viegas
President

Download FIM Sustainability Key Notes & Social Media Kit HERE

FIM ENDUROGP DOCUMENTARY SERIES DUST TO DUST BEING PRODUCED IN 2022

PRIME STADIUM is pleased to announce that a behind-the-scenes documentary TV series is being produced during the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship and will be aired on an international streaming platform later this year.


“Dust to Dust” will be produced by Portuguese company Motorcycle Sports in collaboration with the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship. In it, viewers will be able to follow the many stars of the FIM EnduroGP series, riders like Josep Garcia (KTM/ESP), Andrea Verona (GASGAS/ITA), Brad Freeman (Beta/GB), Steve Holcombe (Beta/GB), and many more, as well as the managers of the most prestigious teams.


Featuring exclusive material and set to run over 10 episodes, Dust to Dust will show both the stories of the championship’s promising up-and-coming young riders, as well as the elite riders from the world’s most esteemed enduro series.
The aim of the series is to give viewers access, for the first time, to all the challenges and pressures that both riders and teams face, both inside and outside the GP environment. In addition, it aims to show the demands placed upon everyone working within the series, at all levels, and to showcase the passion that exists within the unique FIM EnduroGP paddock environment.


This new documentary series joins Motorcycle Sports’ already wide range of sports content productions, such as Motorcycle Sports (SportTV’s weekly series), AutoGear (SportTV’s weekly series), and Rout-e (Sustainable mobility with Turismo de Portugal).

SA CROSS COUNTRY BIKES HEAD TO THE DESERT

What Trademore Feeds SA Cross Country Round 3 Preview
Where Ganyesa, Northwest Province
When 20-21 May 2022
Community South Africa National

A Change of Scenery in the Trademore SA Cross Country Chase

The Trademore Group South African Cross Country Championship emerges from a lengthy break with a total change of scenery from the opening rounds. Far from the rolling verdant hills of KwaZulu Natal, competitors head to the arid semidesert of the Northwest Province for round 3 at Ganyesa, 70 kilometres north-west of Vryburg on Saturday 21 May with one question on any observer’s mind. Will that favour the upcountry riders? Time will tell!

That question is particularly pertinent considering that a trio of KZN riders sit in the overall top three, and two KZN riders won the opening two rounds. Brett Swanepoel stormed to victory at a tough Dalton, KZN second round aboard his OR2 Husqvarna to take charge at the top of the title log. Fellow KZN OR2 rider Scott Heygate was second in Dalton aboard his OR2 KTM to move to second in the chase, with Mike Pentecost’s OR1 Kawasaki third.

OR3 leader Matthew Wilson is the top upcountry rider in fourth in his KTM. He has two more KZN riders on his tail for good measure. Round 1 winner Bradley Cox missed Dalton due to an injury sustained racing abroad and he will certainly want to be back with a bang. Gareth Cole’s Honda sits seventh ahead of the next Gauteng men, Seniors leader Kenny Gilbert’s Kawasaki and Kerim Fitz-Gerald’s KTM in ninth and tenth, from Hayden Louw’s Yamaha and Ryan Pelser on a KTM.

A slightly different picture emerges in the classes. Michael Pentecost’s gritty season so far and a round 2 win aboard his Franchise Co. CIT Kawasaki has earned him the open 450cc class lead over the plucky Gareth Cole’s Sleepover CIT Honda, Hayden Louw’s Yamaha and Wade Den’s Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki. That leaves fifth placed round 1 winner Bradley Cox with it all to do to stem that Japanese tide aboard his Austrian Brother Leader Tread KTM.

It’s the other way around in 350cc OR2 where Brett Swanepoel’s Husqvarna has a perfect score over Scott Heygate’s Brother Leader Tread KTM, Kerim Fitz-Gerald’s Red Bull KTM and Dylan Cox’s Yamaha. Round 1 winner, Brother Leader Tread rider Matthew Wilson leads the 250cc OR3 class from fellow KTM rider Ryan Pelser and Haydn Cole’s Sleepover CIT Honda. Husqvarna rider Davin Cocker sits fourth ahead of Taki Bogiages’ Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki.

Second round OR2 winner Davin Cocker has however opted to sit out the rest of the season to recuperate from a knee injury and will be replaced by SA international motocross and rally raid Husqvarna rider David Goosen. OR1 Kawasaki man Wade Den will also sit this one out after hurting his knee off the bike.

Kenny Gilbert leads Seniors after winning the class in both opening rounds aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki. He leads Sleepover CIT Honda man Wade Blaauw, Pepson Kawasaki teammate Wyatt Avis’ Kawasaki and Marco Cocci’s Yamaha. Second in both opening rounds Greg Nairn’s Husqvarna leads the Masters over round 2 winner Carel Le Roux’s Franchise Co. CIT Kawasaki opening round winner Kobus Jonck’s KTM and Wayne Farmer on a Husqvarna.

In junior action, opening race winner Matatiele lad Ross Ramseyer leads the 125cc High School chase on his Durban KTM from Wian Wentzel’s Husqvarna, Rory Donaldson on a KTM, Joss Alexander’s Husqvarna and Daniel Peckham on a Sherco. Also keep an eye on round 2 winner Luke Walker’s KTM. Double 80cc Junior winner Brandon Clarke is the kid to beat on his Spherical Holeshot Husqvarna and he will have Bruno Niebuhr, Murray Smith and AJ Louw’s KTM on his case.

KTM leads the Trademore Group South African Cross Country Championship maker’s chase to Ganyesa on 307 points from Husqvarna’s 255 and Kawasaki on 186 points. Yamaha and Honda are a point apart in fourth and fifth. The Ganyesa race also reverts to a two-day format with the time trial Friday afternoon before the main race on Saturday.

Issued on behalf of Trademore SA Cross Country

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