FIRST MEETING OF THE FIM BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN 2020

Left to right: Stephan Carapiet (FIM Asia President), Rob Dingman (FIM North America President & CONUs representative), Jorgen Bitsch (FIM Board Member), Giovanni Copioli (FIM Board Member), Martin De Graaff (FIM Europe President), Jacques Bolle (FIM Vice-President), Tony Skillington (FIM Chief Executive Officer), Jorge Viegas (FIM President), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Deputy President), Pedro Venturo Jr (FIM Latin America President), Jos Driessen (FIM Board Member),Marco Comana (FIM Africa President), Jan Stovicek (FIM Board Member), Glen Williams ( FIM Oceania President). © FIM

During its meeting, the Board addressed many topics, in particular:
Sport: All sporting disciplines were discussed with a specific focus on Enduro, E-bike, Sand races. Ensuring the highest level of safety for competitors worldwide remains a priority for the FIM. A Technical Laboratory (FIM Tech Lab) is currently under construction at the FIM Headquarters aiming mainly to perform technical checks of electronics and mechanical parts and homologations.


Circuit Homologation: The Board approved the creation of a Committee for circuit homologation.


KTM/WESS: Following a positive meeting held last December between the FIM and the WESS promoter concerning the “Extreme Enduro Series”, there is good expectation that a final agreement will be reached within a short period in order to create the first FIM Hard Enduro World Cup.


Safety in Rallies: The FIM is extremely concerned with the level of security in Cross Country Rallies events and therefore has called for a meeting to be held on 2 March in Lisbon between expert engineers, official team directors as well as the Dakar organiser, ASO. Important measures to increase the safety of riders are expected in order to minimise the risk of fatal accidents in light of recent events.


Ethical Chamber: For the first time ever, the FIM Ethical Chamber, composed of members of the International Commission of Judges (CJI) and other external legal experts and judges also representing the geographical diversity of the FIM will meet during a full day to share best practices. Mr Frantisek Schulmann, CJI member, was newly appointed by the Board to the Ethical Chamber.


IFM (International Foundation for Motorcycling): The Board appointed the first Foundation Board members for an initial mandate of 3 years. Mr Jorge Viegas – FIM sitting President is de facto the Foundation President. Mr Martin De Graaff – FIM Europe President, Mr Tony Skillington – FIM CEO, Mr Guy Maitre – FIM Family legend and former FIM CEO as well as Mr Giacomo Agostini – multi-time FIM world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer were appointed IFM Board members.


We, the riders campaign (WTR): FIM considers WTR a strategic hub to promote and make publicly know important topics for motorcyclists and the 2-wheels industry. An encouraging overview of the impact of the campaign on the WTR digital platforms was presented by the Marketing and Communication department. The next step is to encourage FMNs and CONUs to participate in FIM’s web seminars/video tutorials with dedicated practical examples tailored on local needs or events. The FMNs and CONUs liason department will contribute to the development of these activities.

FIM Yearbook: The 2020 edition will be DIGITAL ONLY accessible on FIM-Live.com and FIM-Family.com in the members section (password required). The FIM adheres to high standards of data protection as well as to the transparency of the collection of personal data in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Amendments to Codes: Revisions to the Statutes and By-Laws were voted on (submitted to approval by the GA in November) as well as amendments to the Medical Code and Environmental Code presented by the respective Commissions’ Directors. A newly sustainability policy aligned with the latest commitments to protect the environment was endorsed by the Board.


Commissions: Mr Jean-François Wulveryck was appointed CRT Director. Several other changes were made to the composition of the FIM Commissions. The new lists of members will be announced shortly. Commission Directors had the opportunity to address their main projects and concerns to the Board. All Commissions will meet over the weekend in the framework of the Conference of Commissions. A plenary session bringing together the Board of Directors, the Commissions, the Promoters and journalists will take place on Saturday, followed by a celebration party for FIM Family members at the FIM Headquarters.

BRAD’S BRNO FIGHTBACK HOPES SCUPPERED BY LATE RACE CRASH

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team wrapped up an intense weekend of work on Sunday at the Czech Grand Prix, the tenth round of the 2019 season, though Brad Binder suffered an unfortunate crash whilst riding in tenth position, with seven laps left.

Brad had a great start from 16th on the grid, making up five places on the first lap and moving up to seventh in the opening phase of the contest. The South African continued to race in the middle of the field, battling to reduce the gap to his rivals. Unfortunately, with seven laps to go, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider crashed out at turn 11, when he was riding in tenth position, meaning he was unable to finish the race.

Following the Czech Grand Prix, Brad remains in eighth place in the general standings with 84 points. In just seven days, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team will be racing at their home round, the Austrian GP takes place at the Red Bull Ring next weekend.

#41 BRAD BINDER

“I’m not pleased with how it went today, but I’m physically fine and that’s the most important point. At this race we didn’t find the required set-up to compete with the top riders. I gave 100% throughout the contest, I pushed ahead at the beginning, however little by little my rivals were getting away and I started losing positions. By that time, I just tried simply to stay on the right line, but in the end I crashed. Now is the moment to think it through and to analyse the information we gathered this weekend. We have a lot of work to do.”

BRAD QUALIFIES SIXTEENTH IN BRNO

The grid for the Czech GP was decided on Saturday at Brno, a day in which the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders experienced a variety of conditions. Brad Binder went directly through to Q2 thanks to his time from Friday, and will start from 16th tomorrow.

FP3 was held in the dry, despite morning rain. Brad began Saturday positively, and was at the sharp end of the timesheets for much of the session. After completing a total of 12 laps, the South African was 13th with a 2:02.310 top time, going through to Q2 on the strength of his personal best from Friday.

Q1 featured a wet track, due to rain early in the afternoon. Brad went out with wet tyres for Q2, and would finish 16th thanks to his 2:14.177 time. The South African will be on the sixth row of the grid when the riders line up on Sunday.

    #41 BRAD BINDER
    “It’s been a difficult weekend so far. We started well in FP1, but since then I haven’t felt comfortable on the bike. We have been working hard but the things we have been trying out since yesterday have not worked as we had expected, so we have to keep trying until we are at our best. This afternoon, in wet conditions, I struggled a little more, but we got onto the sixth row of the grid for tomorrow’s race. Luckily, we still have the warmup tomorrow to finish finetuning our setup. I know that the team are working very hard, and that together we will find the right path.”

MARITZBURG MX THUNDER

What SA National Motocross Round 5 Preview
Where Thunder Valley. Pietermaritzburg KZN
When Saturday 10 August 2019
Community South Africa National

National Motocross heads to KZN

The fifth round of the 2019 TRP South African National Motocross Championship heads to Thunder Valley in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal Saturday 10 August with several spectacular key battles to be played out across the board on a traditional tough and demanding track.

It’s the home race for open class championship leader Maddy Malan aboard his Q4 Fuels Husqvarna and he will be out to open up his 11-point title advantage, but that won’t be an easy task if his pursuers have any say about it. Tristan Purdon (Red Bull KTM), Lloyd Vercueil (Florstore OnTrend Summit Yamaha) and David Goosen’ (Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha) also have each other to worry about with just nine points between them and Wesley du Plooy (Honda) and Royce Griffin (KTM) also in the hunt.

There’s a similar situation in 250cc MX2, where Cape rider Anthony Raynard (Tinswalo Yamaha) holds a 13 point title advantage over Jozi rider Joshua Mlimi (Red Bull KTM) with Kerim Fitz-Gerald (Red Bull KTM) hot on their heels. Don’t ignore Bradley Cox (KTM), Ricky Raaf (Husqvarna), Johan Vogelsang (KTM), Slade Smith (CIT Husqvarna) and Jesse Wright (Yamaha) fighting it our among this lot.

KTM trio, over-40 riders Brett Bircher and Craig Kruger and Over-30 man Tyson Engelbrecht lead the way in madalas MX3, but Over-40 flyer Ian Topliss (Out Of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha) has been on form of late and will be eyeing success in KZN, as will home rider Jono Hubbard and Stuart Laing on two more KTMs.

Kayla Raaff (Husqvarna) is yet to be beaten in SA ladies motocross in 2019, but Natasha Rugani (KTM) has also piled on the points and remains within striking distance in the title race ahead of Jenna Bohling (Husqvarna), Yanke Pieterse (Yamaha) and Tiegan Reed (KTM). Add Megan Jonker back from injury and gaining pace and there may be a ladies upset in the offing

In schoolboy action, Dalton Venter (CIT Husqvarna) has enjoyed dominant form in the 125 High School championship of late and he holds a comfortable title lead over Arnu Saaiman (KTM), Yamaha riders Ethan Hoffman and Christiaan Cilliers, Zimababwean Tristan Grainger (KTM) and Calvin Jean-Jacques (Yamaha).

Blake Young leads a KTM top four in 85cc Pro Mini by ten points over over Leonard du Toit, but third placed Dylan Kirk will miss this round, giving Nate McLellan, Daiyaan Manual (Husqvarna) and Garrick Henley (Yamaha) a look in to that title top three.

There are just seven championship points between 85cc Junior top two Seth Young (KTM) and Deegan Bloomfield (Husqvarna), but Emmanuel Bako (KTM) is playing catch-up and Josh Fletcher (Yamaha) Timo Maximo, Toepfer (KTM) and Seth Whittington are all there or thereabouts too.

Neil van der Vyver meanwhile takes the 65cc Junior championship leader’s red plate to KZN aboard his Q4 Fuels Husqvarna, with the similar Husqvarnas of Liam Botha and Jordan Van Wyk in a tight spat for second, with KTM kids Trey Cox, Damon Garrell and Thor Johnson chasing him down.

The baby 50cc class is another close run title tussle between the KTMs of championship leader Ethan Williamson, Jake van Schoor, Keenan Strauss and last race winner Christian Berrington-Smith, with Logan van Vuuren and Chase Bekker leading the pursuit.

The Maritzburg Motorcycle & Car Club’s Thunder Valley Motocross Track is on New England Road Pietermaritzburg — the action starts with qualifying practice Saturday morning before two spectacular motos per class through the afternoon.

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Photography by: Ruben Louw

THE WIN MAHONEY HAD BEEN WAITING FOR

Picture Caption: Louwrens Mahoney storms to his first win of the season.

On Saturday, 27 July, multiple national champion Louwrens Mahoney stormed to victory that cross country fans had been waiting for. The rider walked away with the OR1 win at the fourth round of the championship in Lesotho.

It’s been a journey to the top step of the podium for Mahoney, who made his long-awaited return to the OR1 Class at the start of the 2019 season. As a multi-disciplined star, the rider reached a total of six National Cross Country and Enduro titles before taking a sabbatical in 2016.

He returned to racing the following year and signed up for the OR2 Class. It wasn’t long before Mahoney was back to his winning ways, and he seemed unbeatable as he chased down the OR2 Championship in 2017. Unfortunately, the rider fell short of glory when he broke his collar bone in Koue Bokkeveld.

At the start of the 2019 season, Mahoney made the decision to follow his heart and make the move back to the OR1 Class. He explained, “As much as I enjoyed my time in the OR2 Class, it was also a frustrating season for me. When I came back to OR1 I knew it was where I belonged. Being able to chase down the overall title with guys like Ross Branch really fires me up!”

After his Lesotho victory, Mahoney has taken the championship lead by three points ahead of competitor and fellow Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Ross Branch. The final stop on the Cross Country calendar will take riders to Vryburg, North West, in November and will serve as a double-header round.

With a championship that could go either way, fans are in for one of the biggest showdowns of the season as battle drums beat for Branch and Mahoney…

Published by: KTM Media

Photography by: http://www.zcmc.co.za

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