Les pilotes de la catégorie espoir ont maintenu le suspens pour l’obtention du titre jusqu’aux toutes dernières secondes de la journée. C’est Julien Abert-Dosso qui prenait le départ ce matin en tête du championnat avec cinq points d’avance seulement sur Diego Foucher.
En tête à l’issue des deux premiers tours, Abert-Dosso semblait bien parti pour l’emporter et assurer un titre, d’autant que dans le même temps, Foucher réalisait un début de course très poussif. C’était sans compter sur la détermination de ce dernier, qui est parvenu à élever le rythme dans la seconde moitié de course, et s’est retrouvé à la troisième position avant d’entrer dans l’ultime spéciale.
A cet instant, une seule option pour aller chercher la couronne, passer devant Benjamin Sicard, second du classement et en bagarre pour la victoire.
Visiblement très fort psychologiquement, Foucher est sorti de cette dernière spéciale avec un excellent chrono. Après d’interminables minutes, le verdict est tombé, il prend la seconde place finale et par là même le titre de champion de France. Explosion de joie pour ce jeune pilote qui se voit récompensé pour sa très belle régularité cette saison.
Julien Abert-Dosso passe donc à coté du titre mais peut se consoler avec une belle victoire d’épreuve, sa seconde cette année.
Classement final Espoirs
1 FOUCHER Diego
2 ABERT-DOSSO Julien
3 ROUQUETTE Armand
Le championnat de France d’ Enduro Kid 2022 va connaitre son épilogue ce samedi, avec une nouvelle manche en terre auvergnate. En effet c’est à quelques kilomètres seulement du lieu où s’est déroulée l’épreuve précédente que la caravane de l’Enduro Kid va à nouveau faire étape. Une finale qui se disputera sur la commune d’ Apchat et sera organisée par le Moto Club Hard Moto. Ce jeune club qui existe depuis 2011 a déjà à son actif une finale du trophée de France Enduro Kid, qui a eu lieu en 2017. C’est un retour aux affaires enthousiasmant pour l’équipe de Stéphane Alezard, le président, qui avait subi des annulations de dernière minute après avoir mis sur pied une épreuve nationale de cross-country en 2020.
Pour cet évènement, ils ont mis les petits plats dans les grands et proposeront aux pilotes deux spéciales très proches l’une de l’autre et très variées, ainsi que deux secteurs de liaisons qui ne le seront pas moins. Sportivement, de nombreux titres sont à attribuer lors de cette finale, dont l’issue reste encore incertaine dans de nombreuses catégories.
Tous les ingrédients sont donc réunis pour offrir un spectacle à ne pas rater.
Coordonnées GPS du Paddock
Apchat – 45°22’59.8″N 3°08’00.7″E
Vendredi : Contrôles Administratifs et techniques 16h00 à 19h30
Samedi : Briefing 8h45 Départ de la course : 9h00
Les malheurs de Valentin Mersin qui a enchainé les incidents techniques lors des dernières épreuves ont fait les affaires de Diego Foucher dans la catégorie Espoir. Si ce dernier ne s’est pas encore imposé cette saison, sa régularité se révèle payante puisqu’il occupe la tête du classement provisoire avant de prendre le départ de cette finale. Un leadership précieux, mais fragile. Le pilote GP Motors Julien Abert-Dosso est à cinq points seulement derrière et sera assurément ultra motivé à l’idée d’aller jouer le titre.
Cinq points, c’est également ce qui sépare les deux premiers du classement dans la catégorie Cadets 125.Avantage à Gabin Allemand, grâce à sa belle victoire obtenue à Issoire. Le pilote Elite Moto 15 y avait repris l’avantage après avoir trébuché au pays basque. Son principal challenger sera Raphael Roux. Ce dernier réalise une très belle saison. Après avoir enchainé trois podiums, il se verrait bien signer sa première victoire. Il faudra aussi surveiller Paul Garcia, vainqueur à Hasparren, et capable d’un nouvel exploit.
A Issoire, Emerick Vergote a réussi à enfoncer le clou avec une nouvelle victoire en Cadets 85, qui lui a ouvert un boulevard vers un probable titre de champion de France. Une avance de 17 points qu’il faudra tout de même transformer en évitant les faux-pas. D’autant que les outsiders seront ultra motivés, Eyal Efroni, second du provisoire et qui a déjà gouté à la victoire, ou encore Gaël Chassaing, qui est passé tout près d’un succès à Issoire, mettront tout en oeuvre pour briller sur cette finale.
Chez les filles de la catégorie Espoir/Cadet féminine, Sarah Leroy a récupéré le leadership à Issoire, pour deux points seulement sur Lana Curvelier. Autant dire que la tension sera à son maximum dans la course au titre. Idem pour l’accès au podium final, Skarla Azile, troisième, ne compte qu’un point d’avance sur Zoé Cailloux.
Chez les Minimes, c’est Aurélien Rebaubier qui aura la faveur des pronostics. Avec trois victoires à son compteur, il cumule dix points d’avance sur son adversaire le plus proche, Mathéo Corrochano, il est donc en parfaite position pour aller chercher le titre. Une grosse bagarre est à prévoir pour l’accès au podium, entre Jules Beuret et Eliot Laborie, qui prendront le départ avec une stricte égalité de points, tous deux au troisième rang du provisoire.
Dans la catégorie Benjamin, on promettait un titre à Gaël Bonnet tant il dominait la saison, mais une blessure l’a écarté des banderoles avant l’échéance d’ Issoire, ouvrant la voie à d’autres candidats. Le premier à profiter de cette aubaine a été Tiago Paolini. Troisième à Issoire, il a pris la tête du classement, mais avec seulement trois points d’avance sur Léon Ponge. Ces deux là vont devoir en découdre pour aller chercher la couronne.
Pas moins de suspens dans la catégorie Minimes/Benjamins Féminine, dominée d’une courte tête par Lou Cailloux, leader pour seulement un point face à Pauline Nicon. Un duel pour le titre dans lequel viendra à n’en pas douter interférer Satine Jean, qui a remporté les trois dernières victoires.
Du côté des plus jeunes, dans la catégorie Poussin, Lenny Pichon n’aura que deux points à marquer pour être sacré champion. Mais gageons qu’il aura à coeur d’aller inscrire une nouvelle victoire à son palmarès, victoire qui serait synonyme de grand Chelem pour lui qui a su s’imposer à chaque épreuve.
Rendez-vous samedi à Apchat pour le tout dernier round de cette saison, une finale qui s’annonce des plus captivante. Vous pourrez en suivre les détails sur le Live ou sur la page Facebook de l’Enduro Kid.
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COMPOSITION DES ÉQUIPES DE FRANCE
C’est avec plaisir que nous dévoilons les pilotes sélectionnés par la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme à l’occasion du Trophée Européen des Nations d’Enduro qui se déroulera les 29 et 30 octobre à Rüdersdorf en Allemagne.
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ÉQUIPE SÉNIOR :
La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme exprime son plein soutien aux Équipes de France qui défendront nos couleurs.
Samedi prochain, l’enduro Kid fera son retour en Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, une région qui a vu naitre cette discipline. C’est plus exactement à Issoire, dans le Puy-de-Dôme, que la compétition prendra place, grâce à l’implication du Issoire Moto Verte, piloté par Mathieu Faure, son président. A l’origine de plusieurs organisations à succès, dont des Championnats de France d’ Enduro et une épreuve du Trophée de France Enduro Kid en 2019, le Moto-Club est à pied d’oeuvre depuis quelques semaines pour rendre cette journée mémorable.
A cheval sur les communes de Saint-Babel et Yronde et Buron, le parcours de liaison proposé empruntera de très belles traces variées en sous-bois. La spéciale sera une grande banderolée en herbe avec un petit passage en sous-bois, une recette assurément efficace.
Cette quatrième et avant-dernière épreuve marquera l’entrée dans la dernière ligne droite du championnat et devrait permettre aux favoris d’enfoncer le clou ou aux outsiders de conserver leurs chances de se battre pour un titre.
Coordonnées GPS du Paddock
Issoire – 45°36’41.8″N 3°16’05.2″E
Vendredi : Contrôles Administratifs et techniques 16h00 à 19h30
Samedi : Briefing 8h45 Départ de la course : 9h00
Les cartes sont rabattues dans la catégorie Espoir qui a vu le leader Valentin Mersin trébucher dans le pays basque, la faute à un incident mécanique dans l’ultime spéciale qui l’a relégué au huitième rang. Il a tout de même conservé le leadership, mais n’a plus qu’un point d’avance sur le pilote GP Motors Julien Abert-Dosso. Il faudra prêter également attention aux performances de Diego Foucher qui complète le trio de tête du provisoire, troisième à seulement deux points de Mersin.
Le suspens sera également au rendez-vous chez les Cadets 125. Gabin Allemand, qui culminait au sommet du classement provisoire, a été lui aussi bousculé par l’épreuve d’Hasparren dont il n’est ressorti qu’avec une dixième place. Le pilote Elite Moto 15, champion 85 l’an passé, doit donc désormais partager la première place avec Raphaël Roux, qui fera tout pour tenter de prendre l’avantage en Auvergne. En embuscade au troisième rang, Paul Garcia, vainqueur à Hasparren, pourrait réitérer son exploit.
Moins de tension du coté des Cadets 85. A Hasparren, Eyal Efroni a réussi à stopper la succession de victoires d’ Emerick Vergote en s’imposant pour deux secondes, mais ce dernier domine encore la catégorie avec 14 points d’avance, de quoi aborder sereinement la suite. La bataille pour les accessits sera beaucoup plus serrée, trois pilotes se tenant en deux points, Eyal Efroni, Enzo Merchionne et Gaël Chassaing.
Sarah Leroy a réussi à inverser la tendance sur les terres basques dans la catégorie Espoirs/Cadets féminines. Auteure de sa première victoire cette saison, la championne en titre s’est imposée à Lana Curvelier qui avait jusque là trusté les premières places. Leroy est revenue à trois points seulement de Curvelier et aura l’occasion de remettre les compteurs à zéro à Issoire.
Chez les Minimes, Aurélien Rebaubier, toujours leader, a connu une course difficile à Hasparren et a vu ses adversaires se rapprocher de lui dangereusement au provisoire. Il est parvenu à conserver une avance de cinq points qu’il lui faudra parvenir à consolider samedi prochain. Ce resserrement aura assurément motivé tous les outsiders candidats au titre. Le premier d’entre eux, Matheo Corrochano, encore porté par sa récente victoire, sera à surveiller, ainsi que Jules Beuret ou encore Eliot Laborie.
Difficile d’imaginer un scénario différent de celui qui place Gaël Bonnet en tête, tant il domine la catégorie des Benjamins depuis la toute première course de la saison. Mais on l’a vu dans d’autres catégories, les contre-performances ne sont pas rares, et il faudra rester concentrés dans le team Academy Vincenduro qui fait rouler le jeune pilote. Tiago Paolini ou encore Léon Ponge, pensionnaires réguliers des podiums, seront à l’affût de la moindre défaillance.
Coté filles, la bataille fait rage pour la course au titre, entre Lou Cailloux, en tête, et Pauline Nicon, seconde. Le tout arbitré par Satine Jean, qui a remporté les deux dernières courses.
Forte domination également de Lenny Pichon chez les plus jeunes. Impressionnant de technique et de vitesse, le cadet de la lignée des Pichon mène largement le classement Poussin et pourrait très vite toucher du doigt un titre de champion de France.
Rendez-vous est pris dans cinq jours pour cette avant-dernière épreuve qui s’annonce une nouvelle fois passionnante. Pour ne rien en rater, n’hésitez pas à vous rendre à Issoire, et profiter par la même occasion de l’hospitalité légendaire des auvergnats, ou bien sur la page Facebook de l’Enduro Kid.
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A Paris, le 26 juillet 2022
Abrogation du décret sur le contrôle technique moto
À l’invitation du Ministre délégué chargé des transports, Clément Beaune, une réunion de travail s’est tenue ce mardi 26 juillet au ministère en présence du Président de la FFM, Sébastien Poirier et de la Directrice Technique Nationale, Caroline Castillo, ainsi que pour la FFMC, de Didier Renoux, Délégué Général et de Céline Aubrun, Coordinatrice du bureau national.
Ce temps d’échange, dans la continuité des travaux menés avec le cabinet Djebarri, s’inscrivait dans le prolongement de l’abrogation du décret du 9 août 2021 prévoyant la mise en place du contrôle technique moto à l’horizon 2023.
Il a permis d’évoquer la mise en place de mesures alternatives pertinentes en matière de sécurité et d’environnement comme le permet la directive européenne 2014/45/UE. Rendez-vous est d’ores et déjà pris en septembre prochain afin de poursuivre le travail ensemble.
Sébastien Poirier, Président de la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme : « Nous saluons la parution du décret abrogeant le contrôle technique tenant ainsi les engagements pris par le Président de la République. Dans la continuité de son prédécesseur, le Ministre s’est montré particulièrement attentif à nos recommandations. »
Céline Aubrun, Coordinatrice du bureau national de la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère : « L’aboutissement de cette démarche montre que la concertation, la maitrise technique des dossiers, et la volonté inébranlable de faire avancer la sécurité de tous les usagers de la route, sont un bon moteur de la mobilité. »
La FFM et la FFMC restent vigilantes quant aux mesures qui seront définies pour répondre à la directive Européenne.
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Wil Ruprecht Wins Drama-Filled Day Two At WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship In Italy
TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht has claimed victory on the second day of racing at round three of the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship in Italy. With championship rival Josep Garcia (KTM) crashing heavily on the final JUST1 Enduro Test in Carpineti, Ruprecht rode clear to secure the win and with it extend his lead in the EnduroGP standings.
GASGAS Factory Racing’s Andrea Verona finished as the runner-up in his home race, while Honda Racing Redmoto World Enduro’s Nathan Watson claimed his first EnduroGP podium of the season with third.
Team Sherco CH Racing’s Zachary Pichon again proved to be the rider to beat in the Enduro Junior class, while it was a debut victory for France’s Thibault Giraudon (Sherco) in the ever-competitive Enduro Youth class.
- Wil Ruprecht wins day two at the GP of Italy to extend his championship lead
- Nathan Watson claimed his first EnduroGP podium of the season
- Day one winner Josep Garcia crashed heavily on the final JUST1 Enduro Test and finished 16th
- Zachary Pichon made it six Enduro Junior wins from six starts so far in 2022
After a hotly contested opening day of racing in Carpineti between TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia, all eyes were on the duo to see who would come out on top on Sunday. Ruprecht meant business and fired the first shot by winning the opening Super Test. Continuing his run of rapid form on the Just1 Enduro Test, Garcia topped the time sheets on the opening lap to take over the lead. However, it was short-lived as Ruprecht won the following POLISPORT Extreme Test and ACERBIS Cross Test to lead at the end of lap one.
Knowing Garcia would strike back on the second JUST1 Enduro Test, Ruprecht had to deliver. And deliver he did. Setting the fastest time as Garcia faltered, the Australian had suddenly built himself a 13-second lead. That advantage remained stable for the next three tests, but the final Enduro Test was still to come.
Pushing hard to claw Ruprecht back in, Garcia ultimately crashed hard. Despite regrouping, he was visibly shaken as he limped home for an eventual 16th overall. Finding himself with some unexpected breathing room, Ruprecht went on to win the day and with it extend his advantage at the top of the FIM EnduroGP championship standings.
With Garcia slipping down the leaderboard, Andrea Verona capitalised and took his GASGAS to the runner-up result. Though not the winning result he hoped for on home soil, the Italian was more than pleased to better his performance from the previous day. Britain’s Nathan Watson ended his day just 12 seconds behind Verona to claim his first EnduroGP podium of the season.
Setting the fastest time on the penultimate POLISPORT Extreme Test, Thomas Oldrati (Honda) capped off his home race with a strong fourth. Having switched to the Enduro1 category for the GP of Italy, Fantic’s Daniel Milner clearly gelled well with his new bike, securing his second top-five result of the weekend with fifth.
Class wins for Verona, Ruprecht, and Persson in Italy
While hopes of a home EnduroGP win for Andrea Verona didn’t materialise, the Italian secured yet another victory in Enduro1. The fight for the runner-up result was extremely close between Oldrati and Milner. Despite pushing for all his worth on the final test, Milner had to settle for third behind the Honda rider, missing second place by just five hundredths of a second.
The Enduro2 class saw Wil Ruprecht claim a comfortable win. The Australian had the measure of his rivals, finishing 28 seconds clear of Watson in second. It was all smiles for France’s Hugo Blanjoue with the KTM rider claiming his first major podium result in third. A rider who’s growing stronger and stronger with each round, he’ll be one to watch next time out in Portugal.
The GP of Italy continued to prove itself as a coming of age for Sweden’s Mikael Persson. The Husqvarna Factory Racing rider secured his debut class win yesterday and then backed it up again today with another Enduro3 victory. The double victory now sits him as the new Enduro3 points leader. After placing third on day one, France’s Leo Le Quere (Sherco) went one better to finish as runner-up on day two. With lots of new faces visiting the podium in Italy, Spain’s Marc Sans Soria (Husqvarna) got his first taste of champagne with third on Sunday.
Pichon makes it six out of six in Enduro Junior
While the senior classes saw lots of movers and shakers, Enduro Junior remained consistent with France’s Zachary Pichon (Sherco) riding to victory. Cementing himself as the rider to beat in 2022, Pichon has now secured six consecutive wins this season. Motivated by just missing out on a debut podium on Saturday, Beta’s Luc Fragier was on flying form and improved his position, jumping from fourth to second. Sweden’s Max Ahlin (Beta) held off Roni Kytonen (Honda) by one second to take third.
Another new winner emerged in Enduro Youth with Thibault Giraudon (Sherco) topping the podium. The Frenchman secured his first win by four seconds over day one winner Harry Edmondson (Fantic). Kevin Cristino (Fantic) completed the top three.
The WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship continues with round four next weekend at the GP of Portugal in Coimbra-Souselas on July 1-3.
Wil Ruprecht (TM Racing): “After a good fight yesterday with Josep I’m happy to have put in a good ride today to take the win. Of course, it’s not nice to have a competitor take a heavy hit, so I hope he’s all ok and good to go again. I’m happy with my riding, I made a few mistakes but we’re racing right on the limit to win. We’re back to Portugal next week, so I’m excited for that.”
Andrea Verona (GASGAS): “It’s been a great weekend racing in front of my home crowd and to have so many people cheering for me on each test was incredible. I feel like I increased my rhythm and flow today and that my riding was sharp. Let’s see what Portugal will bring.”
Nathan Watson (Honda): “It’s been a good day. I struggled a bit yesterday, but today I got off to a strong start and was making time in the Enduro Test. It was nice to be in the fight like that all day.”
Results: Round 3 – GP of Italy
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM Racing) 56:50.65; 2. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 57:06.87; 3. Nathan Watson (Honda) 57:19.15; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 58:00.75; 5. Daniel Milner (Fantic) 58:00.80; 6. Hugo Blanjoue (KTM) 58:12.00; 7. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 58:14.19; 8. Loic Larrieu (Fantic) 58:21.77; 9. Leo Le Quere (Sherco) 58:24.15; 10. Marc Sans Soria (Husqvarna) 58:26.83…
Championship Standings (After round 3 of 7)
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 105pts; 2. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 99pts; 3. Josep Garcia (KTM) 87pts; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 68pts; 5. Nathan Watson (Honda) 67pts; 6. Brad Freeman (Beta) 38pts; 7. Daniel Milner (Fantic) 37pts; 8. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 31pts; 9. Hamish McDonald (Sherco) 30pts; 10. Matteo Cavalo (TM) 30pts
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Andrea Verona: “I can’t wait to race my home GP…”
Of all the competitors hoping for success at this weekend’s EnduroGP of Italy, one rider stands out as a clear frontrunner – defending Enduro1 World Champion, Italian Andrea Verona (GASGAS).
The highest placed Italian in the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship and outright winner of the first day of competition at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, Verona is arguably riding better than he’s ever has done. And, as a proud Italian, would love nothing more than to win on home soil in Carpineti this weekend.
“I can’t wait to race my home GP and compete in front of my home crowd. I’ve raced in Carpineti twice before, in the Italian championship, so I know it’s going to be a great event. Of course, I want to try and win, and give 100% like always, just with some extra motivation to do well.”
Armed with ‘some extra motivation’ to try and win, Verona has been keeping himself busy since round two of the EnduroGP series and is 100% ready to give his all in front of his home fans. He’s also looking forward to more of the close racing that dominated the opening rounds of the series.
“Of course, every rider wants to try and win, and I sure want to try and win this weekend, but the super close racing we had in Spain and Portugal was great. It’s so much fun pushing hard against the guys. For sure this weekend will be like that too. I’ll do all I can to win, but for sure it won’t be easy. But it will be a lot of fun, I’m certain of that.”
So, what are Andrea’s thoughts about the expected dry and hardpack conditions this weekend?
“In general, I really like dry, hardpack terrain. But when I’m walking special tests I always focus on the parts that I know I will really enjoy, and not worry too much about other places. For me it’s easy to get excited about the special tests at the GP of Italy. It’s always a great event.”
Already showing himself as a potential EnduroGP title challenger, Andrea has quietly gone about improving his riding year-on-year – improvements the GASGAS Factory Racing rider says are largely down to taking things step-by-step and improving during the off-season.
“I’m really feeling good with my riding this year. I’m a rider that likes to increase things slowly and I think each year I have improved my speed a little bit, and, well, now I’m able to fight for EnduroGP class wins, which I’m very happy about. During the winter we made some very good testing, and now we are seeing how well my GASGAS works. Now it’s up to me to continue getting the good results.”
I’m ready, my bike is ready, the team is ready… we’re all looking forward to a really enjoyable and positive GP of Italy…”
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship Calendar
Round 1 – ACERBIS GP of Spain – Lalin – 6-8 May Round 2 – GP of Portugal – Peso da Règua – Armamar – 13-15 May
Round 3 – GP of Italy – Carpineti – 24-26 June
Round 4 – GP of Portugal – Coimbra – Souselas – 1-3 July
Round 5 – GP of Slovakia – Gelnica – 29-31 July
Round 6 – GP of Hungary – Zalaegerszeg – 5-7 August
Round 7 – GP of Germany – Zschopau – 14-16 October
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WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship
returns to action!
Well-rested and ready to go, the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship gets back to business this coming weekend with the highly anticipated GP of Italy visiting the picturesque countryside surrounding Carpineti. With the organising Moto Club Crostolo ASD pulling out all the stops to ensure a thrilling third round of the series, all of the EnduroGP class front-runners are primed and ready to race.
Following two super competitive championship-opening events in Spain and Portugal, just one point covers the top three riders in the EnduroGP (overall) championship standings. Boosted by his impressive double victory in Portugal, Australian Wil Ruprecht (TM) leads the way, tied on points with Spain’s Josep Garcia (KTM) with home favourite for this weekend Andrea Verona (GASGAS) just one point behind in third.
- WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship heads to Italy this weekend
- Wil Ruprecht, Josep Garcia, and Andrea Verona ready to battle for the win
- GP of Italy to be followed one week later by round four in Portugal
The AKRAPOVIC Super Test will kick things off at 18.00 local time on Friday night before days one and two see riders tackle three laps of a 55-kilometre figure of eight style course, which will first see them tackle the Polisport Extreme Test and the ACERBIS Cross Test before reaching the mid-lap paddock service point. From there, competitors will head to the AKRAPOVIC Super Test before taking on the all-important Just1 Enduro Test. Riders are expected to spend seven hours riding and racing through the tracks, trails, and special tests in and around Carpineti.
Verona looking for a home win
Make no mistake about it, competition is super-close at the top of the EnduroGP World Championship this season. For TM’s Wil Ruprecht, the GP of Italy gives the Australian another opportunity to make his mark on the series. Claiming his first double EnduroGP victory last time out in Portugal, if there’s one rider on form right now, it’s Ruprecht!
With one day win to his credit so far in 2022, Josep Garcia (KTM) sits level with his Australian classmate at the top of the EnduroGP standings. Unlikely to want to finish anywhere but on the top step of the podium, Garcia will unquestionably attack the Italian special tests in his familiar, super-aggressive way.
But arguably the rider that will want to win the GP of Italy more than any other is Andrea Verona (GASGAS). Winner of day one of the series at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, racing on home soil Verona knows that he has both the speed and want to win this weekend.
Holcombe back in action, Oldrati gunning for the EnduroGP podium
Although out of the EnduroGP championship chase following his day-one get-off at round one, Steve Holcombe (Beta) returns to action in Carpineti, together with his team-mate Brad Freeman who battled his way through the GP of Portugal with a busted hand. Honda team-mates Thomas Oldrati and Nathan Watson both enjoyed solid performances at rounds one and two and will both be looking to challenge for the podium this weekend. Competing in yet another home GP, for Oldrati a top three finish would be a dream result in Carpineti.
Competing as a wild card entrant, former Youth 125cc and Junior World Champion Giacomo Redondi is racing in his home round of the series.
E1 and E2 title battles set to roll on, Jaume Betriu in and Davide Guarneri out in E3
The battle for the Enduro1 podium places is set to be an all-Italian affair this weekend. With current class leader Andrea Verona (GASGAS) the man to beat, Thomas Oldrati (Honda) will be doing all he can to earn his first day win of the season so far. And with Matteo Cavallo (TM) currently third in the E1 standings and wanting to put in a good home GP, it falls on Frenchman Theo Espinasse (Beta) and Belgian Antoine Magain (Sherco) to try and stop an all-Italian top three.
Five points clear at the top of the Enduro2 championship standings is far from enough to allow Wil Ruprecht (TM) to take things easy this weekend. Set to go at it with Josep Garcia in the overall EnduroGP class, the super-fast duo will undoubtedly be the riders to beat in E2. That said, with two EnduroGP events now under his belt following his return to enduro, Nathan Watson will be gunning for both Ruprecht and Garcia. As will former E2 World Champion and home racer Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) and Australian Daniel Milner (Fantic).
One rider that will be missed at the GP of Italy is Davide Guarneri (Fantic) who’s recovering from a recent broken vertebra. Claiming E3 class victory on day two of the GP of Portugal to take to the top of the E3 standings, the Italian hopes to return to racing later in the season. With Guarneri out, Brad Freeman (Beta) will look to get back to his winning ways, while Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) will be aiming for more podium success, as will home rider Matteo Pavoni (TM).
Returning to the series after sitting out the opening two rounds, Spain’s Jaume Betriu (KTM) will hope to immediately challenge for the class win.
Can anyone stop Pichon’s domination of the Junior class?
One of the standout performers at the opening two rounds of the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship came from Sherco’s Zach Pichon. Securing four day wins to sit 20 points clear at the top of the class standings, Pichon is odds on favourite to win in Carpineti as he continues is impressive rookie season.
Second in the standings with four third-place results, Jed Etchells (Fantic) will be pushing hard to secure second place or better results this weekend. Luc Fargier (Beta) and Roni Kytonen (Honda) have both tasted podium success this year and will look to challenge Etchells, and possibly Pichon, at the GP of Italy.
In the Enduro Youth class, Harry Edmondson (Fantic) hasn’t claimed a win since the opening day of the series but holds a comfortable lead in the 125cc class. With Finn Samuli Puhakainen (TM) the winner last time out in Portugal, home rider Kevin Cristino (Fantic) will be the one to watch!
Underlining the importance of the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship, the series continues to receive support from many of the offroad motorcycle industry’s biggest names. ACERBIS, AKRAPOVIC, Polisport, JUST1, MAXXIS Tires, KTM, GASGAS, and Husqvarna Motorcycles all take a front row seat. Putting their weight behind the championship, WPTGlobal, AMV, PRAMAC, CROSSPRO, WP, Magnorange, pgm, GALFER, Milwaukee, Quinta do Mourao, Quinta da Figueirinha, Galati, Paulo Duarte Group, Race For Good (our social responsibility partner), Segafredo, and more, are also lending their support to the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship.
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship Calendar
Round 1 – ACERBIS GP of Spain – Lalin – 6-8 May Round 2 – GP of Portugal – Peso da Règua – Armamar – 13-15 May
Round 3 – GP of Italy – Carpineti – 24-26 June
Round 4 – GP of Portugal – Coimbra – Souselas – 1-3 July
Round 5 – GP of Slovakia – Gelnica – 29-31 July
Round 6 – GP of Hungary – Zalaegerszeg – 5-7 August
Round 7 – GP of Germany – Zschopau – 14-16 October
Après avoir affronté la neige et le froid à Essoyes lors de l’épreuve précédente, les pilotes du Championnat de France de Cross-Country 24MX ont eu droit ce dimanche à un soleil omniprésent qui a arrosé la région Grand-Est et fait monter la température sur le tracé préparé par le Moto-Club Chaumont Enduro 52. Malgré la chaleur, les sourires étaient visibles sur les visages à la fin d’une course qui a tenu toutes ses promesses. Il n’y avait pas de doute à avoir sur la qualité de cette organisation, tant l’équipe de Francis Fels est rompu à la mise en place de ces évènements. L’accueil des 220 pilotes engagés, témoins de l’engouement toujours aussi fort pour la discipline, s’est fait sans encombre.
Sur le plan sportif, il est un refrain qui se répète depuis l’ouverture de la saison à Couiza, celui de la victoire de Hugo Blanjoue au scratch. Il a été imité par Thomas Zoldos dans la catégorie Junior, et Mauricette Brisebard chez les filles. On fait le point dans chaque catégorie :
Le profil de la course en catégorie Elite a des airs de déjà-vu. En effet, le champion de France en titre et leader du classement provisoire Hugo Blanjoue (Elite Moto 15 – KTM) a immédiatement pris le commandement, avec dans sa roue son dauphin au championnat Till DeClercq . Ce dernier lui a tenu la dragée haute durant les deux premières heures de course, et a même pris l’avantage durant trois tours. Mais malgré toute la motivation du pilote Dafy Enduro Team, Hugo Blanjoue est parvenu à accélérer le rythme après le ravitaillement jusqu’à creuser un écart conséquent et passer seul sous le drapeau à damier, une quatrième victoire en poche. Il compte désormais 16 points d’avance sur DeClercq, second de la course et du provisoire, une avance qui lui permettra d’aborder sereinement la finale à venir.
Le podium est complété par Anthony Geslin (Atomic Moto). Deuxième accession au podium pour le basque qui consolide une belle troisième place au classement provisoire.
Toujours dans le coup, Max Vial (To Enduro) termine une nouvelle fois au pied d’un podium qu’il est très proche d’atteindre, peut-être à Dussac ?
Classement Provisoire Elite
– 1/ Hugo Blanjoue – 111 Pts
– 2/ Till De Clercq – 95 Pts
– 3/ Anthony Geslin – 77 Pts
Thomas Zoldos a réalisé une très belle performance ce week-end. Auteur d’un holeshot dont il ne profitera pas à cause d’une chute dans les tous premiers virages, le leader de la catégorie Junior a très vite recollé aux avant-postes puis su gérer sa course, résistant bien à la chaleur. Il termine sixième scratch et remporte le junior. Une troisième victoire qui lui permet de prendre le large avant la finale.
Florian Baratange (Dafy Enduro Team), son dauphin au provisoire, l’avait emporté à Essoyes mais n’a pas pu réitérer cette performance. Il prend tout de même la deuxième place, et concède trois points supplémentaires à Zoldos.
Louis Badal (Sherco Academy) complète le podium.
Classement Provisoire Junior
–1/ Thomas Zoldos – 97 Pts
–2/ Florian Baratange – 91 Pts
– 3/ Louis Badal – 71 Pts
Carton plein pour Mauricette Brisebard qui, avec une nouvelle victoire, n’est plus qu’à trois points d’un titre de championne de France, et pourrait aller chercher le grand chelem. Très rapide et à l’aise dans l’exercice du cross-country, elle a survolé ces quatre premières épreuves sans que personne ne puisse contester sa domination. A ses cotés sur le podium, Elsa Galand, qui monte sur son premier podium de la saison, après l’avoir approché à Couiza et à Essoyes, elle est deuxième. Troisième sur la boite, Céline Braz faisait sa première apparition sur ce championnat, apparition remarquée.
Au provisoire, Andrea Degiovanni et Julie Knockaert occupent toujours les deuxième et troisième rangs.
– 1/ Mauricette Brisebard – 100 Pts
– 2/ Andréa De Giovanni – 78 Pts
– 3/ Julie Knockaert – 72 Pts
Kevin Pennetier semblait le seul en mesure de contester le leadership de Cédric Chabreuil, leader du national 1. Malgré un très bon chrono à la sprint test, une chute au premier virage a mis à mal ses ambitions en le contraignant à l’abandon. Sans réelle opposition, c’est donc Cedric Chabreuil qui est parvenu à s’imposer, et devient ainsi le premier pilote titré champion de France cette année. Une épreuve avant la fin, il décroche la couronne en National 1, bravo! C’est Maxime Bastian qui prend la deuxième place, suivi par le pilote du Chaumont Enduro 52, Pierrick Hugot.
Alex Pichaud (Sherco Academy) a repris un peu d’air en tête du classement national 2. Il avait été battu pour la première fois par le champion en titre Mikaël Martinez (Mika Motos) qui s’était imposé à Essoyes, mais a remis les pendules à l’heure en remportant haut la main cette avant-dernière épreuve. Septième au scratch, il compte à l’arrivée une avance de plus de cinq minutes sur son rival et se voit en excellente position pour aller chercher un titre. A noter l’excellente course réalisée par le cadurcien Benjamin Delpech. Plus dans le rythme que dans les courses précédentes, il parvient cette fois-ci à grimper sur le podium, il est troisième.
Le suspens bat son plein dans la catégorie N3 qui connait un changement de leader et un resserrement des écarts entre les trois homme de tête. Etienne Fontaine, arrivé à Chaumont au sommet du classement provisoire, n’a pu aller chercher que la troisième place, malgré un excellent début de course. Il a petit à petit vu revenir sur lui Gaëtan Deregard, puis Alexandre Dufour. Ce dernier termine deuxième N3, et c’est Gaëtan Deregard qui signe la victoire, comme il l’avait déjà fait à Couiza. Il prend par la même occasion les rênes de la catégorie, seulement un point devant Fontaine et trois devant Dufour. On peut dire que la finale s’annonce explosive.
Classement Provisoire N1
– 1/ Cedric Chabreuil –111 Pts
– 2/ Kevin Pennetier – 95 Pts
– 3/ Guillaume Chaillou – 77 Pts
Classement Provisoire N2
– 1/ Alex Pichaud – 97 Pts
– 2/ Mickael Martinez – 91 Pts
– 3/Baptiste Richard – 67 Pts
Classement Provisoire N3
– 1/ Gaetan Deregard – 90 Pts
– 2/ Etienne Fontaine – 89 Pts
– 2/ Alexandre Dufour – 87 Pts
Ça se resserre également chez les Espoirs. Quentin Clerc Tournier absent à Chaumont, c’est Eliot Chevalier qui a réalisé une bonne opération. A la deuxième place au terme des trois heures de course, il revient à un point seulement de Clerc Tournier, toujours devant. Hugo Algay (Sherco Academy) reste lui aussi dans la course au titre. Malgré une décevante quatrième place après voir mené la première heure de course, il ne compte que cinq points de retard sur son coéquipier.
Premier podium pour Franck Luberriaga qui prend la troisième place, et la meilleure performance de la journée est à mettre au crédit du jeune Jules Rey qui s’impose solidement au bout des trois heures de course.
Classement Provisoire Espoir
– 1/ Quentin Clerc-Tournier – 75 Pts
– 2/ Eliot Chevalier- 74 Pts
– 2/ Hugo Algay – 70 Pts
Chez les jeunes, c’est le pilote de la Sherco Academy David Guillemot-Scheid qui a une nouvelle fois impressionné par sa vitesse. Comme il l’avait fait lors des deux premiers rounds, il a enchainé les tours au contact des meilleurs au scratch et s’est imposé avec une relative facilité. Au provisoire, il n’occupe cependant que le deuxième rang, souffrant de son absence de points marqués à Essoyes. C’est le pilote du team Elite Moto 15 Ruben Vayssade qui, au prix d’une saison très régulière, est en tête de ce classement. il a une nouvelle fois bien figuré à Chaumont en terminant deuxième. C’est Tom Lavesvre qui est monté sur la troisième marche.
Classement Provisoire Jeunes
– 1/ Ruben Vayssade – 85 Pts
– 2/ David Guillemot Scheid – 75 Pts
– 3/ Adrien Colin – 63 Pts
Catégorie Vétérans / Super vétérans
Chez les vétérans, Jérome Taesch est définitivement le plus rapide cette saison. Comme à Essoyes et à toutes les courses précédentes, il a inscrit son nom au sommet du classement et a coché pour l’instant toutes les cases. Une victoire qui n’a malgré tout pas été évidente, son dauphin sur le podium, Alban Cantel, n’a fini qu’à 27 secondes derrière, peu sur une course de trois heures. C’est Johan Rosselet qui monte sur la troisième et dernière marche du Podium, devant Florent Vayssade. Le pilote Elite Moto 15 conserve la seconde place du provisoire, mais seulement deux points devant Rosselet.
Dans la catégorie des super-vétérans, l’absence de Xavier Ugolini profite à Bertrand Michel qui, à la faveur d’une nouvelle victoire, passe en tête. Il compte désormais dix points d’avance sur Bruno Raymond, second, et dispose d’une voie royale pour aller conquérir un titre. Gilles Multrier, de retour, a pris la deuxième place du jour, devant Régis Chaumien.
Classement Provisoire Vétérans
– 1/ Jérôme Taesch – 100 Pts
– 2/ Florent Vayssade- 82 Pts
– 3/ Johann Rosselet – 80 Pts
Classement Provisoire Super-vétérans
– 1/ Bertrand Michel– 84 Pts
– 2/ Bruno Raymond – 74 Pts
– 3/ Gilles Multrier – 72 Pts
C’est encore Raphaël Roux qui a été le plus performant sur chacune des deux manches disputées chez les kids. Un doublé en +13 ans 125 qui l’assoit encore un peu plus dans le fauteuil du leader, et qui devrait lui permettre de commencer à rêver au titre. Attention cependant à Thomas Poux, deuxième, qui est une nouvelle fois resté très proche de Roux, et qui saurait profiter de la moindre défaillance de son adversaire. A noter le retour de Paul Rebuffie qui se remet de blessure, et qui est parvenu à monter sur le podium du jour, troisième.
En +13 ans 85, c’est Sandro Garcia qui s’est une nouvelle fois imposé et qui ne pourra plus être rejoint au classement général. Il a devancé Jules Beuret et Mathéo Gibbes. En -13ans, nouvelle victoire pour Eliot Laborie, et la seconde place obtenue par Esteban Robin lui permet de prendre l’avantage sur Mathéo Baudin dans la course au titre. Enfin, Nina Senegas reste intouchable chez les filles, elle l’emporte devant Louna Baudin et Romane Argillier.
On entame la dernière ligne droite de ce Championnat de France Cross-Country 24MX qui nous mènera désormais à Dussac, en Dordogne le 17 Juillet, pour une finale qui sera à coup sur une course de folie. Pour patienter, vous pouvez continuer à profiter de toutes les news et du sujet vidéo en vous connectant sur la page Facebook Cross-Country-France.
2023 and 2024 ISDE host countries confirmed
During the recent FIM Board meeting the host countries for the next two editions of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) were confirmed as follows: 2023 Argentina (CAMOD) and 2024 Spain (RFME).
Ambiance ISDE 2021 © Dario Agrati
Next year will see the ISDE return to Argentina, this being only the second time that this historic event has visited this South American country, the inaugural visit being back in 2014 when the enduro world descended on San Juan for a memorable edition of the 6DAYS. David Eli – Director of +Eventos was at the helm eight years ago and therefore has previous experience of organising a successful ISDE alongside other high-profile events such as the MXGP of Patagonia and the Desafio Ruta 40 – Cross-Country Rallies, all staged in Argentina. Details regarding dates / location will be released during this year’s ISDE in France.
Then a year later, in 2024, the FIM International Six Days of Enduro will return to Spain for the fifth occasion, with this enduro rich country having previously hosted the event in 1970 – El Escorial, 1985 – Alp, 2000 – Granada and 2016 – Navarra. The last time the 6DAYS was held in Spain in 2016 it also marked the first edition of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy, which took place during the last three days of the competition at that time, with both the modern and historic event attracting a high level of entries. As is traditional full details of this event will be released during the 2023 ISDE.
Post pandemic and more than one hundred years since the first ISDE was run in Great Britain, confirmation of the next two editions of the 6DAYS at this early stage reinforces that the event remains one of the most important off-road competitions for national federations and the motorcycle industry. Moreover, with travel now back to normal, the return of the ISDE to Argentina next year confirms that it continues to be a real global competition with the plan to visit other overseas countries every three or four years to assist with the development of important markets for enduro.
Delighted to be able to confirm the next two host countries Jorge Viegas – FIM President said: “Interest to stage the 6DAYS post the pandemic is both strong and healthy and will allow us to return to our plan of taking this long-standing competition to new and established countries throughout the world so it can play its part in growing new enduro markets. The next three editions of the ISDE in France, Argentina and Spain respectively will really cement the huge importance of this event in the international off-road calendar as one of the biggest and most import occasions each year.”
Ambiance San Juan © Dario Agrati
Whilst planning has already started for 2023 and 2024, the immediate focus is on this year’s ISDE to be held at Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September, which is now less than three months away. To keep up to date with all the latest news and to learn all about the 2022 ISDE visit – www.fim-isde.com
Un peu plus de deux mois après l’épreuve d’ Essoyes qui a marquée la mi-saison, les pilotes du Championnat de France de Cross-Country vont de nouveau se réunir dans la région Grand-Est pour l’avant-dernier rendez-vous de l’année. C’est cette fois ci la Haute-Marne et la ville de Chaumont qui accueilleront la course, organisée par le Chaumont Enduro 52.
Les équipes de Francis Fels, qui ont organisé avec succès une épreuve du championnat de France d’enduro l’an dernier vont miser sur la dynamique générée pour élever encore le niveau et proposer aux 210 pilotes engagés à l’heure d’écrire ces lignes une épreuve exceptionnelle.
Le tracé sera résolument orienté « enduro ». En exploitant les spéciales dessinées l’an passé, il sera à 75% en sous-bois, puis empruntera une prairie ainsi que quelques sauts spectaculaires spécialement créés pour l’occasion.
Samedi 11 Juin
Contrôles administratifs 16h-19H
Dimanche 12 Juin
8H45 – Tour de Reconnaissance + Sprint Test KID
9H30 – Kids Manche 1
10H45 – Tour de Reconnaissance + Sprint Test
12H15 – Kids Manche 2
14h00 – Départ Cross-Country (3H Elite et Nationaux – 2H Jeunes/Féminines/Soft)
Les Elites :
Leader incontesté au provisoire, Hugo Blanjoue (Elite Moto 15 – KTM) compte, grace a ses trois premières victoires, une avance relativement importante sur ses adversaires et pourra aborder sereinement cet avant-dernier rendez-vous. A Chaumont, il aura l’occasion d’enfoncer le clou afin de s’éviter toute pression inutile lors de la finale, meme s’il a montré l’an passé qu’il savait tres bien la gérer.
Ce ne sera pas une mission facile. Les pilotes du team Dafy Enduro Team, débarqués cette année en Cross-Country, ont rapidement compris comment fonctionnait cette discipline et montré leurs aptitudes pour rouler aux avants-postes. Till De Clercq, second du provisoire, et Antoine Alix, cinquième, ont fait la demonstration de leur capacité à aller chercher une victoire, peut-être à Chaumont ? Il faudra aussi garder un œil sur le basque Anthony Geslin, troisième du classement et très rapide également, ainsi que sur Max Vial, qui est toujours bien placé et qui bénéficie d’une solide experience dans la discipline. A noter, la participation de Mathieu Doveze, excellent rallyman et ancien enduriste, qui viendra faire une pige à Chaumont.
Côté Junior, il est bien difficile de se risquer à pronostiquer le nom du pilote qui ira chercher un titre de champion de France. Si Thomas Zoldos a vite pris le leadership et s’est imposé lors des deux premiers rendez-vous, il a toujours eu dans sa roue Florian Baratange (Dafy Enduro Team) qui a réussi à renverser la vapeur lors de la course d’Essoyes et est revenu à seulement trois points du leader.
Les Nationaux :
Avec deux victoires et une seconde place, Cedric Chabreuil a réalisé un quasi sans-faute dans la première moitié de saison et occupe logiquement la tête du classement. Il compte une avance de huit points qui lui donnent un net avantage sur son adversaire direct Kevin Pannetier, sans toutefois lui permettre d’assurer, il devra tout faire pour chercher à se mettre à l’abri.
Le duel au sommet de la catégorie E2 promet de nous tenir en haleine. Le pilote de la Sherco Academy Alex Pichaud évolue toujours en tête, fort de ces deux victoires consécutives, à Couiza puis à Riom, mais il a vu le champion en titre Mika Martinez (Mika Motos) venir chercher la gagne à Essoyes et revenir à seulement trois points de lui. S’il récidivait en Haute-Marne, il pourrait revenir à égalité de points avant la finale.
Après un debut de saison tres disputé en N3, la victoire d’Etienne Fontaine à Essoyes, sa première, l’a propulsé en tête du classement, redonnant au champion de France en titre son statut de favori. Attention cependant, à égalité de points à la seconde place, Gaëtan Deregard et Alexandre Dufour n’ont que quatre points de retard et le même appétit de victoires.
Les féminines :
La catégorie des femmes, qui compte de nombreuses concurrentes cette saison, est dominée par Mauricette Brisebard, qui est allé chercher la victoire au terme de chacune des trois courses déjà disputées. Elle a fait l’impasse du championnat de France d’Enduro pour mieux se consacrer au cross-country et devrait prendre le départ à Chaumont plus motivée que jamais.
Largement en tête de la catégorie Espoir, avec une avance de 22 points sur son co-équipier de la Sherco Academy Hugo Algay, Quentin Clerc-Tournier pourrait obtenir un titre de champion de France une épreuve avant la fin de la saison. La bagarre pour les places restantes sur le podium est beaucoup plus serrée, car Hugo Algay partage le second rang avec Eliot Chevalier, et tous deux ne comptent que quatre points d’avance sur Hugo Roche.
Dans la catégorie des jeunes, qui se battent pour la victoire dans une course d’une durée de deux heures, c’est Ruben Vayssade (Elite Moto 15 – KTM) qui a pris le commandement lors du dernier rendez-vous, grâce à une tres belle victoire. Il devance Benjamin Sicard et Julien Planet qui vont tout faire pour signer leur première victoire à Chaumont.
Vétérans / Super vétérans
Si Jérôme Taesh continue tranquillement sur sa lancée en empilant les victoires dans la catégorie Vétéran dont il est le favori, cumulant une confortable avance, la situation est différente chez les super-vétérans. Gilles Multrier y a perdu la première place à Essoyes au profit de Xavier Ugolini qui mène désormais la danse, à quelques longueurs seulement de Bertrand Michel et de Bruno Raymond.
La catégorie des kids, qui ouvrent le bal en roulant le matin dans des manches de 45 minutes, devrait une nouvelle fois nous régaler. En +13 ans 125, Raphael Roux est toujours en tête mais a vu sa domination contestée par Thomas Poux qui l’a battu à Essoyes et va tout faire pour tenter de renouveler l’opération. Chez les +13 ans 85, c’est Sandro Garcia qui domine, avec une avance telle (18 points) qu’on voit mal comment il pourrait être rejoint a la régulière.
En -13 ans, suspens maximum avec une première place partagée par Mathéo Baudin et Esteban Robin qui vont devoir se départager sur le tracé chaumontois. Enfin, c’est Nina Senegas qui domine sans partage le championnat des féminines chez les kids, devant Louna Baudin et Romane Argillier.
On s’approche petit à petit du terme de cette saison 2022, et la pression de la course, avec les différents titres à conquérir, ne va cesser de monter. Ce championnat de France Cross-Country 24MX tient toutes ses promesses et l’étape chaumontoise ne devrait pas déroger à la règle. Rendez-vous samedi prochain, et n’oubliez pas, vous pourrez suivre les évènements en vous connectant sur la page Facebook du Championnat et sur le live.
Happy 30th Anniversary Ride Green
In December of 2021 the United Nations adopted the Sport as an enabler of sustainable development. The FIM over the last thirty years has been able to realise that ambition through concrete environmental protection regulations and a holistic approach to sustainability.
This environmental protection has been evolved and now we add effort to join the global agenda by supporting most of the sustainable development goals through the different dimensions of motorcycling. We have seen the evolution of our objectives over three decades and how our stakeholders have also evolved to forge a better future and have become sustainability drivers with events more than a game.
From facing numerous challenges such as restrictive legislations, mandatory use of unleaded fuel, sound level regulations, increasing public and media debates about carbon emissions, cancellations of several circuits, it was these events why the FIM acted exactly thirty years ago. It was during the 1992 General Assembly in Columbus Ohio that the first environmental working group was set up and the first environmental code was proposed and presented for the first time in 1993 and approved one year later during the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur. This became the first code of its kind and is now translated to more than eight languages. Over the following years several projects were developed converting to successful programmes and from which materialised a strategy that now drives the purpose of the organisation.
A structured programme focused on the education of the more than two hundred Environmental Stewards that work in every FIM event is the key to the sustainability strategy followed by a comprehensive programme aimed to control and provide mitigation measurements for those unavoidable by the application of strict regulations and control tools supported by the FIM environmental stewards, delegates and expert members of the International Sustainability Commission. Other programmes based in awareness and communication such as the Ride Green Ambassadors, KISS programme (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable), grassroot oriented campaigns such as the Ride Green Cup, Environmental Trophy amongst others.
The efforts in the matter of climate are now a reality with the announcement of the transition of traditional to alternative energies in the grand categories such as MotoGP ™, reduction in the use of tyres, electric championships, promotion of sustainable transportation at the events, until we reach neutralisation of all unavoidable emissions of the big motorcycling events including the administration.
Ride Green Programme is the big umbrella that embraces all the programmes mentioned above that has become the flagship sustainability programme and it is now recognised globally.
Last year the International Sustainability Commission, CID, launched the revamped sustainability strategy based on the most important topics collected by a series of consulting and workshops. The six pillars of this strategy are: People, Sustainable events, Governances, Climate, Sustainable Development Goals and Awareness.
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Jorge Viegas, FIM President: “Making sustainability a priority futureproofs our organisation and our sport. Environmental protection and conservation have been a priority for the FIM for three decades, and I’m proud to lead an organisation that has been so committed and consistent on this issue for such a long period of time. Although it is clear that we must do more; climate change and environmental degradation threaten every aspect of our existence. We believe that the FIM and wider motorcycling family can play a significant role in combating this crisis through innovation in low-carbon alternatives and the awareness we can generate through our world-class events and championships.”
Kattia Juarez, Director of the Sustainability Commission: « To be part of this history and to have contributed for twelve years to the success of this campaign is really an honour, but also a great responsibility. The FIM and motorcycling in general is a very complex sector and that contributes from different angles to the achievement of our sustainability objectives, though also requires the joint effort and participation and effort from the whole team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person and stakeholder who have played their part over the last three decades. Together we will continue to create a better future.”
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2022 ISDE teams and nations revealed
With pre-registration for the 2022 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) now closed, we are delighted to be able to reveal details of the teams and nations who will take part in the event at Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.
Taylor Robert walking around the paddock of Rivanazzano Terme during the 2021 FIM ISDE ©FIM
The hugely impressive line up includes host nation France; defending World and Junior Trophy champions Italy; the mighty Americans who secured the Women’s World Trophy last year and won the World Trophy back in 2019; Spain who finished as runners up in the World Trophy class in 2021; Australia who were unfortunately absent from the last edition due to the pandemic but who went home with the World Trophy in 2018; plus Great Britain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal to name some of the main contenders.
Whilst Australia have recently confirmed their team members, most of the countries will name the actual riders who will represent the Trophy by the end of July. In addition to the Australians, some of the other biggest names in the World of enduro are excepted to be linked with this year’s ISDE, they include Antoine Magain, Josep Garcia, Marc Sans Soria, Theo Espinasse, Hugo Blanjoue, Brad Freeman, Steve Holcombe, Nathan Watson, Daniel McCanney, Matteo Cavallo, Davide Guarneri, Thomas Oldrati, Andrea Verona, Alex Salvini, Mikael Persson, Taylor Robert, Ryan Sipes and Krystof Kouble.
With thirty-four nations already confirmed and others currently finalising their registrations, this year’s ISDE sets a new record in terms of the number of competing countries. Those on the list to date include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chili, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Letonia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela.
Nearly six hundred and fifty riders will compete in the 2022 ISDE, with seventy-five percent of these competitors making up the one hundred and fifty Club Teams from all over the World. For many of these riders making it to the end of the last day and becoming a 6DAYS finisher as well as helping their team to feature high up the Club Team Awards results, is their main goal.
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In just three months-time we look forward to welcoming everyone in the Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes region to enjoy what is sure to be an amazing week or more in the heartland of French enduro racing, the Haute-Loire department, especially with free access for the spectators and a packed programme of activities as listed below:
- Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 August: Admin and tech control + free practice on the official training track at Eycenac.
- Saturday 27 August at 20:00: Opening Ceremony in Le Puy-en-Velay with the parade of nations from the old town to the Place of Breuil.
- Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September: Start of the race at 7:30 with the first riders arriving back at the paddock from 15:30. Plus entertainment in the fan zone in the paddock every day from 17:00.
- Saturday 3 September: Final Cross Test next to the paddock and 6Days party in the paddock.
MR SIXDAYS France: Rieju has done it again!
The charismatic and exclusive MR SIXDAYS returns to the market with a new tricolor vinyl that recreates the French flag, the country where the 96th edition of the renowned international six days of enduro will take place, and some dream components that will take your breath away.
RIEJU MR SIXDAYS France in action ©Rieju
The new SIXDAYS France has landed on the market to give continuity to a Limited Edition inspired by the renowned International Six days of Enduro (ISDE). Consolidating itself as a new icon of the Spanish brand, this charismatic and exclusive model invites to relive, again and again, the experience of the most intrepid riders of the championship on the back of a unique bike of its kind.
Vinyled in blue, white and red in honor of the national colors of France, the country where the 96th edition of the International Six Days of Enduro will take place in August 29th, the new MR SIXDAYS France will be only for the fastest riders aiming to enjoy such a special model.
There is no doubt that its inspiration comes from its passion for competition and for this Hard Off-Road modality that the brand and its loyal followers like so much. But we must bear in mind that its success is not only due to its attractive design with striking and highly representative colors. This little jewel has a dream equipment and components that take the breath away. A motorcycle capable of offering the best on the market without forgetting the most important: to live a riding experience feeling as a real pilot.
And this is where the new MR SIXDAYS France stands out from the rest, giving meaning to its creation. A model equipped out of the box with a selected collection of PowerParts that make this limited edition a work of art.
Concerning technical specifications, this bike is equipped with an exclusive Rieju 2-stroke liquid-cooled engine, a 6-speed gearbox with an oil-cooled starter system and a new ignition map that makes it easier to start the bike.
As for the chassis, the new MR SIXDAYS France has a high-strength tubular steel frame that provides stiffness, agility and safety to the rider. Compared to the MR PRO, it adds a Supersprox double composite sprocket, a handcrafted racing exhaust, a competition seat cover with a checklist pocket, the new Polisport frame protector in red that offers extra protection in case of impact, the exclusive Crosspro crankcase full protector and new black PUNK footpegs made of high strength steel.
A bike clearly designed to be enjoyed on any circuit or track. With a commendable set up, thanks to the quality of its components and a very competitive price, this limited edition has everything it takes to become the new queen of the fields, where many brands want to participate, but few manage to get the crown. And, without doubt, among those few survivors, we find the new MR SIXDAYS France, a clear candidate to take the throne.
That said, many would say that happiness cannot be bought. But… Would you think the same if you had an MR SIXDAYS France in your garage? LEARN MORE
FIGHTING FOURTH FOR BILLY BOLT AT XROSS HARD ENDURO RALLYHUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING CHAMP DIGS DEEP AT ROUND TWO OF FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN SERBIA
The second round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship proved a tough one for Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt, with the defending champion battling hard to take a well-deserved fourth at Serbia’s Xross Hard Enduro Rally. Husqvarna supported rider Graham Jarvis claimed a podium result with third.
Still nursing the effects of a SuperEnduro wrist injury, Billy arrived at the second round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship looking to maximise his points at the first European round of the series. Kicking things off with a Straight Rhythm Prologue on Wednesday, Billy was at his best on the short street course. Winning all of his heat races, he easily progressed to the final and duly claimed a comfortable win.
However, with three long and demanding days in the mountains ahead of him, he knew the racing would get progressively harder. A strong start on Thursday saw Billy begin fourth on the road, picking off riders throughout the day to lead the way. Frustratingly, some navigation issues in the closing stages saw him slip down the order. But his result was still good enough to lead the overall classification into day two.
A gruelling two-hour and 30-minute morning special stage took its toll on Billy on day two as he lost a lot of time in the forest. Despite fighting hard in the afternoon special stages, he slipped to fourth overall in the classification.
With only one day to regroup, Billy knew a podium result or better would be tough to achieve. Beginning with a third fastest time on the first special stage, he then dug deep to finish second quickest on the two remaining special stages, battling right to the end. However, the damage done on day two would be too much to overturn and Billy had to be content with fourth. Added together with his runner-up result from round one, Billy now holds the joint lead in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship after round two.
Hard enduro legend Graham Jarvis was out in force in Serbia, pushing the pace at the front of the Xross Hard Enduro Rally. Easing into day one he placed fifth fastest. Finding the difficult conditions of day two more to his liking, Graham was flying on his Husqvarna TE 300 and ended his day third overall. Sensing another podium result was on the cards, Jarvis pushed hard to clinch his second top-three result of the season. He now holds the championship points lead together with Billy Bolt.
The FIM Hard Enduro World Championship continues with round three at Erzbergrodeo on June 16-19 in Austria.
Billy Bolt: “It’s been hard work this week. I’ve felt drained of energy here in Serbia and was having to dig deep each day to keep in the fight. I’ve been battling a wrist injury since pretty much SuperEnduro ended back in March, it’s really hurt my fitness. And with this race being really physical that showed. Of course, it was nice to win the prologue on Wednesday, but I didn’t get to ride the pace I wanted during the rest of the week. That said, I’m now leading the championship, so I’ll take that as a positive. Erzbergrodeo is next and my focus is to regroup and get ready for that!”
Graham Jarvis: “It’s awesome to get on the podium again. I wasn’t sure how my fitness would fare in this multi-day race, but I managed to get there in the end. At 47 years old I can’t believe I’m in joint lead of the championship. We’ve got Erzberg next, that’s the big one. But I’m riding well and I’m going to go for it!”
Results (Provisional) – FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, Round 2: Xross Hard Enduro Rally
1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 11:10:04; 2. Teodor Kabakchiev (KTM) 11:20:07; 3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 11:28:35; 4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 11:37:27; 5. Wade Young (Sherco) 11:37:27…
Championship Standings (Provisional After Round 2)
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 30pts; 2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 30pts; 3. Teodor Kabakchiev (KTM) 27pts…
Le Conseil d’Etat suspend le décret de mise en place du contrôle technique au 1/1/2023… décision du Conseil d’Etat qui ne change rien sur le fond.
Dans un communiqué publié hier, le Conseil d’Etat, saisi par les associations Respire, Ras-le-Scoot et Paris sans voiture, suspend le report au 1/1/2023 de la mise en œuvre du contrôle technique (CT) moto, initialement fixé par un décret du 9 août 2021.
Le gouvernement avait, au cours de l’été dernier, annoncé son intention de ne pas imposer le CT aux deux roues motorisés (2RM) en proposant des mesures alternatives comme le permet la directive européenne 2014/45/UE. Le nouveau décret instituant ces dispositions n’a toujours pas été signé.
La FFMC et la FFM rappellent que le contrôle technique moto n’a aucun intérêt pour l’amélioration de la sécurité routière (moins de 0.4% des accidents de 2RM sont liés à une défaillance technique du véhicule).
Dans tous les cas, cette décision ne remet rien en cause sur le fond, elle ne fait que suspendre la date d’application du décret du 9 août 2021. Par ailleurs, une demande de dérogation a bien été adressée par l’Etat Français auprès de la Commission Européenne le 3 décembre 2021.
Face à cette décision du Conseil d’Etat, la FFMC et la FFM prendront attache avec le prochain Ministre des Transports dès sa nomination afin d’obtenir confirmation des engagements de l’Etat.
Il devient donc urgent que l’Etat prenne ses responsabilités afin d’abroger le décret du 9 août pour mettre en application les alternatives transmises à la Commission Européenne.
La FFMC et la FFM restent vigilantes sur la suite de la procédure et n’écartent pas de mettre en place des actions de toute nature.
MANUEL LETTENBICHLER RIDES TO VICTORY AT FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN SERBIARnd 2, FIM Hard Enduro 2022 – Xross Hard Enduro Rally, Zlatibor, Serbia
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has made a triumphant return to racing following injury to secure a memorable win at round two of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship in Serbia. Putting in an incredibly solid ride during the four-day race, Lettenbichler claimed a well-deserved victory.
Despite it being a long road to recovery following knee surgery for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler, the German proved to all in Serbia that he’s already back to his best and racing to win. Eager to get some serious race miles under his belt following his extended layoff, Lettenbichler made a last-minute decision to race the Xross Hard Enduro Rally and it certainly paid off.
Kicking things off in Zlatibor, Serbia on Wednesday with a Straight Rhythm prologue, Mani eased his way into racing with a steady top five result. But with three 100-kilometre-long days of tough hard enduro racing in the Serbian mountains ahead of him, Mani knew the real race had yet to begin.
A strong start on Thursday saw Mani quickly settle into a fast rhythm on his KTM 300 EXC. Picking off riders, he made his way to the front. But navigation issues in the closing stages halted his progress and he ended Day One fourth overall on corrected time.
As a two-time Red Bull Romaniacs winner, on Friday’s Day Two Mani knew how to work a starting position of fourth to his advantage. Getting down to business he set a blisteringly fast time on the opening two-hour and 30-minute special stage, a pace that nobody could match. Going on to win the day by almost eight minutes, Mani held a six-minute and 13-second lead entering the third and final day in Serbia.
From there on, the final day on Saturday proved to be plain sailing for the KTM rider. Fastest in the longest and crucial opening special stage, Mani then controlled his pace in two shorter remaining special stages to secure the overall victory at Xross Hard Enduro Rally.
The FIM Hard Enduro World Championship continues with round three at Red Bull Erzbergrodeo on June 16-19 in Austria.
Manuel Lettenbichler: “I came here with no expectations, so to win is pretty special. I’ve been a long time off the bike and it was such hard work to recover, but it’s all been worth it. It now feels pretty damn good. I took things steady at the start of the event, but I felt good and I think that really helped me. There was some really tough sections on each day, and together with the GPS navigation it wasn’t always easy. But the first two offroad days went really well. I knew I had a good lead today, but you just never know what’s around the corner, so I just tried to keep focused until the finish line. I’m stoked to win. We’ve Erzbergrodeo next, and like everyone else I’m excited for that!”
Results – FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, Round 2
Xross Hard Enduro Rally (Provisional)
1. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER) KTM 11:10:04
2. Teodor Kabakchiev (BG), KTM 11:20:07
3. Graham Jarvis (GBR), Husqvarna 11:28:35
4. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna 11:37:27
5. Wade Young (SA), Sherco 11:40:12
Championship Standings (Provisional) After Round 2
1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna 30pts
2. Graham Jarvis (GBR), Husqvarna 30pts
3. Teodor Kabakchiev (BG), KTM 27pts
4. Wade Young (SA), Sherco 27pts
5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), GASGAS 21pts
6. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER), KTM 20pts
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Double Delight For Wil Ruprecht at GP of Portugal
TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht has claimed his second WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship day win of 2022, earning a hard-fought victory on day two of the GP of Portugal. Added to his day one win, Ruprecht made it a perfect weekend at the office with the Australian now leading the overall EnduroGP class with two rounds of the series completed.
In what proved to be another titanic battle at the sharp end of the results sheet, Ruprecht was challenged in the scrap for victory by KTM’s Josep Garcia and Andrea Verona (GASGAS) with the Spanish and Italian duo ultimately placing in second and third respectively in Peso da Regua.
In the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship class, Fantic’s Jane Daniels remains unbeaten so far in 2022, the British rider delivering a fourth consecutive winning performance on day two.
- TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht scored his second EnduroGP class win of 2022 in Portugal
- Ruprecht now heads the FIM EnduroGP point standings after round two
- Jane Daniels extends her lead in the Women’s category with another victory
The FIM EnduroGP paddock woke to further warm weather and dry conditions in Peso da Regua on Sunday. With all four special tests taking a beating on the opening day of racing, it would prove to be an exceptionally tough and demanding day for all competitors with three laps and 12 special tests to complete.
Ruprecht and Garcia go head-to-head in EnduroGP
At the head of the EnduroGP class, day one winner Wil Ruprecht (TM) picked up where he left off on Saturday by placing quickest in the opening Just1 Enduro Test. The Australian had clearly done his homework overnight, immediately pulling over eight seconds on Josep Garcia (KTM) in second, with Verona on his GASGAS in third. A fast-starting Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) sat fourth after test one.
Three tests in and the top three remained the same at the end of the opening POLISPORT Extreme Test, but importantly Garcia had halved the gap to Ruprecht. The fight for fourth was ever-changing with Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) on top form. He headed Thomas Oldrati (Honda), Theophile Espinasse (Beta), and Salvini by just one second.
After the second ACERBIS Cross Test, Ruprecht was pulling clear of his rivals, building an 18-second advantage over Garcia. But that almost all but disappeared on the following test as a major mistake cut that lead back to five seconds. Garcia was back in touch and duly won the following AKRAPOVIC Super Test to enter the final lap within shot of Ruprecht.
Sensing the attack, Ruprecht won the next two tests to keep the Spaniard at arm’s length. And despite Garcia posting faster times in the final two tests, it wasn’t enough as Ruprecht rode to victory over Garcia and Verona. Behind the top three, it was veteran Oldrati who finally got the better of those around him to take fourth, with Espinasse completing the top five.
Enduro3 victory for Guarneri, Verona and Ruprecht top Enduro1 and Enduro2
Beginning to make Enduro1 his own, Verona secured his fourth victory of the season. Oldrati fended off a late charge from Espinasse to claim the runner-up result by seven seconds.
In their battle for overall supremacy, Ruprecht and Garcia again ruled the roost in Enduro2. This time, Ruprecht topped the podium, with Garcia second. Making a welcome return to the top three, Salvini took third by six seconds from Nathan Watson (Honda).
A new winner emerged in Enduro3 with Fantic’s Davide Guarneri claiming a memorable win. In what is his 22nd year of world championship level competition, the Italian proved he’s just as competitive as ever. Delivering his strongest ride of the season to date, Persson placed second and looks like a rider to watch for at round three. Frenchman Antoine Basset (Beta) was third, netting his first podium result of the championship to date.
Enjoying a perfect weekend in Peso da Regua, Fantic’s Jane Daniels swept all special tests to win the Women’s category and further extend her championship lead. Rieju’s Mireia Badia took second, with Portugal’s Rita Vieira ending her home GP in third.
No stopping Zach Pichon in Juniors
Team Sherco CH Racing’s Zach Pichon has established himself as the rider to beat in the Enduro Junior class, claiming yet another convincing win on day two at the GP of Portugal. The Frenchman placed over 51 seconds clear of Beta’s Luc Fargier. Fantic’s Jed Etchells completed the top three.
After knocking on the door during the previous three days, Samuli Puhakainen (TM) made it fourth time lucky to win the Youth class. A great ride from the Finnish rider saw him claim a 41-second margin of victory over Harry Edmondson (Fantic) and Kevin Cristino (Fantic).
After two exciting back-to-back rounds to start the season, the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship continues with round three in Italy on June 24-26.
Wil Ruprecht (TM): “It’s been an awesome weekend going 1-1. Conditions were dry, dusty, and proper tough. I’m pleased with myself to have ridden maturely and strong on both days – it was a fine line between pushing hard and pushing too hard and crashing. We’ve got a few weeks to go until round three and motivation is high to keep this rhythm going.”
Josep Garcia (KTM): “Overall it’s been a solid weekend finishing second each day. I wanted to fight more for the win today, but I just wasn’t able to make it happen. I couldn’t get the better of that Enduro Test. I’ll try to work on that and be stronger next time out in Italy.”
Andrea Verona (GASGAS): “Third both days is really nice and first in Enduro1 is great. I felt like I improved during the weekend on what were tough special tests. It’s my home GP next in Italy – I’m excited for that!”
Zach Pichon (Sherco): “Overall, it’s been a great weekend with wins on both days and a lot of space between me and the second-placed rider. Despite the rain at the start on Saturday, I was able to have some good times on the Enduro test, so I could open up an advantage in my class. I lost a little time on the Extreme Test, but overall day one was good. Sunday was super rough conditions but it went well.”
Jane Daniels (Fantic): “It’s been a great weekend for me here in Portugal. I made a small mistake in the Super Test on Friday night, but I wasn’t too worried about that. I just got on with things as best I could on day one and tried my best to find smooth lines on the tests. To come away with two class wins, and with two good advantages over the second-placed rider on both days, it’s great. »
Results: Round 2 – GP of Portugal
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 56:54.39; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 57:00.48; 3. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 57:18.66; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 58:13.88; 5. The Espinasse (Beta) 58:21.54; 6. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 58:22.76; 7. Nathan Watson (Honda) 58:29.11; 8. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 58:43.81; 9. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 58:50.53; 10. Matteo Cavallo (TM) 59:08.90…
Championship Standings (After round 2 of 7)
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 68pts; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 67pts; 3. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 67pts; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 45pts; 5. Nathan Watson (Honda) 39pts; 6. Brad Freeman (Beta) 33pts; 7. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 30pts; 8. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 26pts; 9. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 25pts; 10. Theophile Espinasse (Beta) 21pts…
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Wil Ruprecht Claims First EnduroGP Victory Of 2022 With Day One GP Of Portugal Win
Australian Wil Ruprecht (TM) has raced to overall victory on day one of the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship’s GP of Portugal. The TM rider put together a sensational day’s racing, coming into his own during the super challenging and all-important third and final lap of the day in Peso da Regua. In topping the results, he claimed his first overall EnduroGP class victory of the season.
Ruprecht was made to work extremely hard for the day win, joined on the podium by KTM’s Josep Garcia who finished in a close second. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) completed the EnduroGP podium on the opening day of racing at round two.
Fantic’s Jane Daniels kept her winning streak alive by claiming a dominant victory in the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro Championship.
- TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht tops EnduroGP for the first time in 2022
- A crash denied Sherco’s Hamish MacDonald of a possible debut EnduroGP
- Fantic’s Jane Daniels once again topped the Magnorange FIM Women’s
Recharged following last weekend’s season-opening ACERBIS GP of Spain, the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship served up another tough day in the saddle, this time on day one of the GP of Portugal in Peso da Regua. With darkness falling on Friday night’s AKRAPOVIC Super Test, Josep Garcia (KTM) managed to top the time sheets, despite being the final rider to take to the start.
With Saturday beginning with a wet and slippery start, it was Sherco-mounted Hamish MacDonald who mastered the technically demanding JUST1 Enduro Test to top the time sheets. In doing so he established himself at the top of an early battle for the lead ahead of Ruprecht and Josep Garcia (KTM), with the Spaniard a further eight seconds back in third.
The tables turned slightly on the following ACERBIS Cross Test as Ruprecht set the quickest time to edge himself in front of MacDonald. The New Zealander was refusing to be out done and in posting the fastest time in the AKRAPOVIC Super Test, MacDonald was back in the lead as they began lap two of three.
After the POLISPORT Extreme Test on lap two, MacDonald looked to be on course to take a debut EnduroGP category win as the 2020 Junior champion headed the field by a very impressive 11 seconds over Ruprecht and Garcia. However, a major crash on the final JUST1 Enduro Test would prove the undoing of MacDonald. Crashing, injuring his knee, and losing over one minute and 47 seconds, the Sherco rider tumbled down the running order and will have to wait another day to claim that elusive EnduroGP win.
MacDonald’s loss was Ruprecht’s gain, as the Australian began the final three tests of the day with a near 10-second lead. Garcia gave chase, and despite a blisteringly fast AKRAPOVIC Super Test, he couldn’t overhaul his rival.
Behind the top two, Verona rode a relatively lonely race. Unable to bridge the gap to the leaders he placed 46 seconds adrift of Ruprecht, while also heading fourth placed Thomas Oldrati (Honda) by 71 seconds. Beta Factory Racing’s Brad Freeman toughed out day one for fifth, finishing eight tenths of a second behind Oldrati.
Class wins for Verona, Ruprecht, and Freeman
Finishing the day on the overall podium in third also led Andrea Verona to his third consecutive day win in Enduro1. Pleased with his efforts and finishing a strong fourth overall in EnduroGP, Thomas Oldrati finished as runner-up in Enduro1 to Verona, once again making good use of his vast experience. TM Racing’s Matteo Cavallo completed the podium in what was a positive day for the Italian manufacturer.
Adding to his success in EnduroGP, Wil Ruprecht won the Enduro2 category. Garcia kept him honest, finishing three seconds adrift. Claiming a welcomed podium result, Honda Racing Redmoto World Enduro’s Nathan Watson placed third.
Brad Freeman continues to prove that he’s the rider to beat in Enduro3, securing yet another victory. Fantic’s Davide Guarneri has established himself as the next best rider to the Brit, securing his third runner-up result on the trot. Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikael Persson was a new name to take to the podium, with the Swede coming home in third.
Daniels makes it three wins in Women EnduroGP
Placing fourth in Friday’s Super Test, Fantic’s Jane Daniels looked to have given hope to her classmates in the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship. However, she quickly restored normal order by kicking off Saturday with the quickest time in the JUST1 Enduro Test. There was no stopping her thereafter as she raced on to win by almost two minutes. Mireia Badia (Rieju) was second, while home favourite Rita Vieira (Yamaha) took third.
The Junior category saw the now-familiar name of Frenchman Zach Pichon ride to victory. The Team Sherco CH Racing rider was again impressive, claiming seven of the day’s 13 special test wins. The battle for the remainder of the podium was a tight affair, with Luc Fargier (Beta) holding off Jed Etchells (Fantic) for second.
Fantic enjoyed finishing 1-2 in the Youth class, with Kevin Cristino topping the standings. He was chased home by teammate Harry Edmondson in second. Sherco mounted Thibault Giraudon took third.
Wil Ruprecht: “This victory tastes good – it was hard fought for. It was a shame to see Hamish crash out of the fight because we were having an incredible battle. The pace was hot up front, and I think I’ve a few places I can improve on, to push again for the win tomorrow.”
Josep Garcia: “It worked out into a good day at the end, but I lost some time in the beginning. The Enduro Test was not my best on the first two laps, and I lost ground there. I got into the swing of it on the final lap and closed the gap to Will, but I ran out of time at the end.”
Andrea Verona: “Finishing third, I’m pretty happy about that. The Enduro Test wasn’t my best and I’ve places to improve on there. Also, let’s see how the weather is tomorrow, there might be some rain on the way!”
Results: Round 1 – GP of Portugal
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 1:08:14.76; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 1:08:18.41; 3. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 1:09:01.08; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 1:10:13.00; 5. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:10:13.81; 6. Nathan Watson (Honda) 1:10:16.65; 7. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 1:10:57. 55; 8. Matteo Cavallo (TM) 1:10:58.09; 9. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1:10:59.34; 10. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 1:11:05.37…
Racing Services & Bikes Rentals
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Fabio Fasola #872 (ITA) taking advantage of the SHERCO Racing Service during the 2021 FIM ISDE ©FIM
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2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship heads to Portugal for round two
The 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship moves on at pace with the towns of Peso da Régua and Armamar welcoming competitors to the GP of Portugal this coming weekend. Just seven days after the series-opening ACERBIS GP of Spain, and for the second weekend running, close to 150 riders will take on the challenges of the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship.
- Peso da Régua & Armamar host the GP of Portugal this weekend
- WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship makes second stop of 2022
- Hot, dry, and challenging weekend lies ahead for all riders
Just as they did in Spain, competitors will face hot and dry conditions, with temperatures at the GP of Portugal set to climb well above 30 degrees during the weekend. The combination of hot weather, the always technical Portuguese terrain, and three laps of a 70-kilometre course on both Saturday and Sunday, ensures that the second round of the championship will unquestionably be a demanding one.
The AKRAPOVIC Super Test will kick off the proceedings on Friday night at 19.00, with each of the following two days of competition seeing riders first head from the start to the JUST1 Enduro Test. A traditional, Portuguese-style mountaintop special test awaits the riders, who will need to be at their very best right from the start of each day. Next up, competitors will take on the ACERBIS Cross Test before reaching what will be the mid-lap Time Check. Next, as they head back towards the paddock in Peso da Régua ahead of their second and third laps, riders will complete the short but technical POLISPORT Extreme Test.
Verona leads the way in EnduroGP!
Stepping up to announce his arrival as an EnduroGP class title challenger, Italy’s Andrea Verona (GASGAS) hit the ground running at the ACERBIS GP of Spain with his 1-2 overall result, putting him four points clear at the top of the early championship title race. Smooth and fast throughout the first stop of the championship, Verona will be focused on further consistent rides at the GP of Portugal.
Alongside Verona, four other riders showed they had the pace to put their names at the top of the EnduroGP results, awarded to the event’s best performing rider, irrespective of their class or bike capacity. Josep Garcia (KTM) overcame the mistakes he made on day one in Spain to win on day two, while Steve Holcombe (Beta), Brad Freeman (Beta), and Wil Ruprecht (TM) also showed impressive pace. Together with the likes of Hamish MacDonald (Sherco), Nathan Watson (Honda), Thomas Oldrati (Honda), Davide Guarneri (Fantic), and Daniel Milner (Fantic) there’s no shortage of EnduroGP class competitors gunning for the podium this weekend in Portugal.
Tight at the top of E1, E2, and E3 classes
Dominating both days in the Enduro1 class at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, Andrea Verona (GASGAS) unquestionably starts as favourite to top the E1 class at the GP of Portugal. Looking forward to taking on the Portuguese special tests, Verona’s most consistent challenger will likely be countryman Thomas Oldrati (Honda). Second both times out in Spain, as well trying all he can to match the pace of Verona, the veteran Honda rider will have Matteo Cavallo (TM), Theo Espinasse (Beta), Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna), and more all breathing down his neck.
The Enduro2 class at the GP of Portugal will be without former world champion Steve Holcombe, as the Brit, who topped E2 on day one at the season opener, has been forced to sit out the second round of the series following a heavy fall on day two in Spain. Despite Holcombe’s absence, Josep Garcia (KTM) will be looking to deliver the form that took him to the day two E2 class win in Spain while trying to extend his lead at the top of the class standings. With Wil Ruprecht (TM) – the most consistent rider in E2 in Spain – just one point behind Garcia in the championship chase, the Australian will be fired up to do all he can to keep himself at the sharp end of the results. With Hamish MacDonald (Sherco), Nathan Watson (Honda), and Daniel Milner (Fantic) all riding well in Spain, there’s going to be no shortage of E2 class competition.
Although not performing at his absolute best on day one at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, Brad Freeman (Beta) still managed to top the Enduro3 class. Taking his 300cc Beta to the win again on day two, the Brit heads into the GP of Portugal sat at the top of the E3 standings ahead of an all-two-stroke top three with Italians Davide Guarneri (Fantic) second, and Matteo Pavoni (TM) third.
Daniels and Pichon race ahead in respective EW and EJ classes
In the Magnorange FIM Women´s Enduro Championship Jane Daniels (Fantic) arrives in Peso da Régua full of confidence and looking to secure a second consecutive double class win. Topping the results comfortably at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, the Brit showed that she’s very much the rider to beat this season. Spain’s Mireia Badia (Rieju) will be hoping she can claim her first win of the season, while Rita Vieira (Yamaha) and Rosie Rowett (KTM) look set to fight for the final podium place.
Proving that a lack of experience doesn’t have to mean that podium results aren’t possible, Zach Pichon (Sherco) has established himself as the leading front-runner in the Enduro Junior class. With the Frenchman winning on both days at round one, Finland’s Roni Kytonen (Honda) placed as runner-up on both days with Jed Etchells (Fantic) third. In the Enduro Youth class, Harry Edmondson (Fantic) and Kevin Cristino (Fantic) will continue their battle to be the class’s fastest rider.
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship Calendar
Round 1 – ACERBIS GP of Spain – Lalin – 6-8 May
Round 2 – GP of Portugal – Peso da Règua – Armamar – 13-15 May
Round 3 – GP of Italy – Carpineti – 24-26 June
Round 4 – GP of Portugal – Coimbra – Souselas – 1-3 July
Round 5 – GP of Slovakia – Gelnica – 29-31 July
Round 6 – GP of Hungary – Zalaegerszeg – 5-7 August
Round 7 – GP of Germany – Zschopau – 14-16 October
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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).
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Josep Garcia claims home win on day two of
ACERBIS GP of Spain
Josep Garcia (KTM) gave his Spanish fans plenty to cheer about on day two of the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship opener in Lalin, Spain, as the KTM Factory Racing star battled his way to the top step of the EnduroGP podium in impressive style.
Day one winner Andrea Verona (GASGAS) continued to prove himself to be a serious contender for the 2022 EnduroGP title by backing up his day one victory with a runner-up finish to Garcia. Defending EnduroGP champion Brad Freeman (Beta) regrouped impressively following a disappointing performance on the opening day to complete the overall top three.
The Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship saw Fantic’s Jane Daniels make it two wins from two starts as the Brit earned a deserved victory on Sunday.
- KTM’s Josep Garcia took a home win on day two of the ACERBIS GP of Spain.
- Day one winner Andrea Verona and Brad Freeman joined Garcia on the EnduroGP podium.
- Double delight for Fantic-mounted Jane Daniels who won the Women’s class.
After an exciting start to the ACERBIS GP of Spain on day one, all eyes were on the front runners in the EnduroGP class to see who would take victory on day two. Brimming with confidence following his maiden EnduroGP victory on day one, GASGAS Factory Racing’s Andrea Verona had his sights set on a repeat win and what he hoped would be a perfect scorecard at round one.
However, determined to make amends for his ninth-place result on Saturday, defending EnduroGP champion Brad Freeman (Beta) came out swinging to win the opening POLISPORT Extreme Test.
The battle was fierce on the opening lap with Josep Garcia (KTM) winning both the ACERBIS Cross Test and JUST1 Enduro Test to build a 16-second lead over Verona and Freeman. TM’s Will Ruprecht and Steve Holcombe (Beta) completed the top-five at the end of lap one.
Freeman again posted the fastest time on the POLISPORT Extreme Test at the start of lap two. But Garcia had the ACERBIS Cross Test and JUST1 Enduro Test mastered as he built his advantage to 22 seconds, with just one lap to go. Controlling his lead on the final lap, Garcia ended day two as the EnduroGP winner.
Behind the Spaniard it was an intense and close fight between Freeman and Verona for the runner-up result. Freeman made it three-for-three in the POLISPORT Extreme Test with another fastest time. As they entered the final test of the day, the duo were separated by just eight hundredths of a second.
All to play for, Verona laid down a scorcher to top the time sheets by four seconds and with it end his day as runner-up. But more importantly he wrapped-up his participation in the ACERBIS GP of Spain as the early EnduroGP championship leader.
Enduro1, Enduro2, and Enduro3 class wins for Verona, Garcia, and Freeman
In Enduro1 it was all about Verona, just as it had been on day one. His battle for position in EnduroGP saw him power ahead to a one-minute margin of victory over Thomas Oldrati (Honda). Matteo Cavallo (TM) rounded out the top three.
The Enduro2 class was the Garcia show. The Spaniard had the category on lockdown and secured a 59-second win over Ruprecht. Sherco’s Hamish MacDonald finished just five seconds behind the TM mounted Australian for third and earned his first podium of the 2022 season.
Up to speed on day two, Freeman left few opportunities for his Enduro3 classmates. Convincingly winning all nine tests, he ended his day over one minute and 42 seconds clear of Fantic’s Davide Guarneri in second. Another solid outing for senior class rookie Matteo Pavoni (TM) saw him finish third.
Daniels and Pichon win again in Women and Junior classes
Dominating the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship in Spain from start to finish, Fantic’s Jane Daniels made it two wins from two starts in Lalin with a dominant class win on Sunday. Ever consistent, Mireia Badia (Rieju) took the runner-up spot with Rita Vieira (Yamaha) finishing third ahead of her home round of the series next weekend in Portugal.
Quick to build on his debut Junior win from day one, Sherco’s Zach Pichon claimed the top step of the podium on day two. Son of multi-time FIM Motocross World Champion Mickael Pichon, Zach looks determined to bring more world championship glory to the Pichon household in 2022.
Fantic again raced to top honours in Enduro Youth, though this time it was Kevin Cristino who took the win. Teammate Harry Edmondson made it a 1-2 for Fantic, while Samuli Puhakainen (TM) completed the top three.
After an exciting and explosive start to the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship, the series heads to Peso da Regua for the GP of Portugal next weekend, May 13-15.
Josep Garcia (KTM): “It’s fantastic to come away with the EnduroGP win today. I was riding good yesterday, but an early crash left me playing catch up. I didn’t want that to happen today, so I kept things clean on the first lap. Once I got into the lead it gave me confidence to push a little more.”
Andrea Verona (GASGAS): “It’s been a great weekend and to start the championship off by taking an early lead in the points is incredible. The tests were tough to master and it’s been a real challenge. Today we had a big fight for the podium. Josep was just a little faster, but I gave it everything on the final test to get second.”
Brad Freeman (Beta): “It’s not really been the start to the championship I hoped for, but I’m glad to have turned things around today. I gave it everything on the final lap but I just came up a little short for second. To be honest, following my recent injury and catching Covid, it’s the best I can do at the minute. It’s still early days, so we’ll try to improve a little bit more in Portugal.”
Jane Daniels (Fantic): “It’s been a great start to the championship. To win both days was awesome. Overall, I felt like I had a solid weekend with no major mistakes or problems. I’m looking forward to the next round.”
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship
ACERBIS GP of Spain
Results (EnduroGP) – Round 1, Day 2
1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 58:11.12; 2. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 58:29.44; 3. Brad Freeman (Beta) 58:33.58; 4. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 59:10.45; 5. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 59:15.64; 6. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 59:29.70; 7. Nathan Watson (Honda) 59:39.23; 8. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 1:00:16.54; 9. Matteo Cavallo (TM) 1:00:23.37; 10. Daniel Milner (Fantic) 1:00:29.65…
EnduroGP Championship Standings (After round 1)
1. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 37pts; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 33pts; 3. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 28pts; 4. Brad Freeman (Beta) 22pts; 5. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 21pts; 6. Nathan Watson (Honda) 20pts; 7. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 19pts; 8. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 19pts; 9. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 12pts; 10. Daniel Milner (Fantic) 11pts…
SOLID START TO ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MIKAEL PERSSONHUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER TAKES HIS TE 300 TO FIFTH ON DAY ONE AND FOURTH ON DAY TWO IN SPAIN
Making both his and Husqvarna Factory Racing’s full-time return to the FIM EnduroGP Word Championship, Mikael Persson has delivered two strong days of racing at the opening round of the series in Lalin, Spain. Placing fifth in the Enduro3 category on Saturday, Persson went one better on Sunday to claim fourth, missing out on a podium place by less than five seconds.
Riding a 2-stroke TE 300 in the E3 class, Persson had anticipated that it would take him a little time to dial himself in to the highly competitive EnduroGP world championship. However, after placing fifth on the Friday night Super Test, the 27-year-old delivered a solid opening day of racing on Saturday, finishing fifth quickest, one minute and 13 seconds down on the class winner.
Sunday went even better for Persson. Feeling more at home on his TE 300, the multiple Swedish Enduro Champion was able to push hard on the dry, dusty tests, once again improving his speed as the day continued. Finishing inside the top five on the final five tests secured Mikael fourth in the E3 class, just 4.54 seconds behind third. Happy with how his weekend went, and with the progress he and the team made together, Persson is now looking forward to taking the fight to Portugal next weekend.
The 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship continues with round two in Peso da Régua and Armamar, Portugal next weekend – May 13-15.
Mikael Persson: “It’s been a tough weekend, but it feels really good to be back racing EnduroGP. Both days have been long with some difficult tests and some long transfers. For me, the tests were quite broken, and in these conditions, it’s been quite a steep learning curve. But I’m happy with how I rode, and we were able to make some improvements on the bike as the weekend went on. Day one went ok, but I felt under a little bit of pressure and made a few too many mistakes – not a perfect day that’s for sure. On day two, I was able to relax a little more on the bike and because of that my speed was a lot better. It felt good to be fighting for the podium too, and a little closer to where I want to be. Overall, I’m very happy with the weekend and we’re going in the right direction. I’m going to try and keep the momentum going into Portugal.”
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Victory For Andrea Verona As 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship Gets Underway In Spain
Italy’s Andrea Verona (GASGAS) has claimed first blood at the end of the first full day of competition at the opening round of the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship, the ACERBIS GP of Spain in Lalin.
In what boiled down to a three-way fight for victory, the GASGAS Factory Racing rider emerged victorious from the final Just1 Enduro Test to secure his maiden EnduroGP overall win. With less than four seconds separating the top three, Britain’s Steve Holcombe (Beta) and Australia’s Will Ruprecht (TM) completed the EnduroGP podium on day one.
- GASGAS’ Andrea Verona secures the first EnduroGP win of the 2022 season.
- Steve Holcombe (Beta) and Wil Ruprecht (TM) finish second and third.
- Jane Daniels claims victory for Fantic in the Women’s category.
The long-anticipated start of the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship began in earnest with the traditional Friday evening AKRAPOVIC Super Test. Italy’s Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) put in the best time to top the standings, but with Holcombe, defending FIM EnduroGP World Champion Brad Freeman (Beta), and Verona in close contention, the fight was on.
Holcombe wasted no time in getting up to speed on Saturday morning, winning the opening POLISPORT Extreme Test by an impressive seven seconds to take an early lead. From good, things very quickly went bad for the Brit as a heavy fall on the ACERBIS Cross Test saw him lose precious seconds. At the end of the opening lap the positions had changed – fastest in the JUST1 Enduro Test, Verona headed Holcombe by less than two tenths of a second, with Honda’s Nathan Watson close behind in third.
Throughout the day the positions chopped and changed, and with Australian Ruprecht joining the mix, it was all to play for on the final lap. Entering the final test, Holcombe, Ruprecht, and Verona were separated by just two seconds. But with the Italian bettering his rivals, he exited the JUST1 Enduro Test as a first-time EnduroGP class winner.
Behind the top three of Verona, Holcombe, and Ruprecht, a blisteringly fast final test by Spain’s Josep Garcia (KTM) slotted him into fourth. Mistakes throughout the day ultimately kept Garcia off the podium. A strong ride from Watson saw him end the day fifth overall. A difficult season opener for Freeman dropped him to ninth, but he will look to rebound on Sunday.
Verona, Holcombe, and Freeman win in Enduro1, Enduro2, and Enduro3
As the EnduroGP class winner, Verona naturally also topped the Enduro1 category, to get his title defence off to a perfect start. Behind him, Honda’s Thomas Oldrati earned a hard-fought second, with Beta-mounted Frenchman Theophile Espinasse third.
With the top Enduro2 competitors fighting for the EnduroGP overall, the pace was high. Despite a small mistake on the final test, Holcombe hung on to win by just one tenth of a second from Ruprecht. After a mixed start, Garcia came on strong in the closing stages to finish third and place just two seconds behind Holcombe.
While things didn’t go his way in the EnduroGP category, Freeman still put in a winning ride in Enduro3. Class newcomer for 2022, Davide Guarneri (Fantic), who starts his 20th season of world championship competition in 2022, didn’t waste any time in settling himself in and muscled his way onto the podium in second place. Matteo Pavoni (TM), Junior champion in 2021, made a strong step up into the senior ranks to finish on the podium in third.
Daniels, Pichon, and Edmondson top Women, Junior, and Youth podiums
The Women’s class was all about one rider – Jane Daniels. The Brit was the rider to beat winning all but two special tests to secure a commanding 70-second margin of victory on her Fantic. Rieju mounted Mireia Badia enjoyed a strong ride to take second, with Rosie Rowett (KTM) third.
In the Junior category a new name rose to the top step of the podium as Sherco’s Zach Pichon raced his way to victory. After losing a lot of time on the opening ACERBIS Cross Test, Pichon battled his way back to the front, edging out Honda’s Roni Kytonen for the win. Fantic’s Jed Etchells placed one second behind Kytonen for third.
The Youth class saw another victory for Fantic with Harry Edmondson topping the podium. After a tight battle with Samuli Puhakainen (TM), Edmondson won by just seven tenths of a second. Sherco’s Thibault Giraudon completed the top three.
Andrea Verona (GASGAS): “It feels amazing to get my first victory in EnduroGP class. This year my goal was to try and win EnduroGP at least once, so to do it on day one is incredible. Hopefully this is just the start of more victories to come.”
Steve Holcombe (Beta): “Things started off great on the first extreme test, but I had a massive crash on the next cross test. But I’m pleased with how I regrouped and was able to get back in the battle for the win. I’m a bit gutted to have missed out at the end, but I’m fired up to go again tomorrow!”
Wil Ruprecht (TM): “What a way to open the season, it was crazy close all day! I am happy with how I’m riding, so I’m pleased to be on the podium in this company. I’ll regroup and get ready to go again tomorrow.”
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship
ACERBIS GP of Spain
Results (EnduroGP) – Round 1, Day 1
1. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 59:24.16; 2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 59:27.76; 3. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 59:27.92; 4. Josep Garcia (KTM) 59:30.17; 5. Nathan Watson (Honda) 59:40.09; 6. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 1:00:10.06; 7. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 1:00:13.39; 8. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1:00:22.43; 9. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:00:44.58; 10. Theophile Espinasse (Beta) 1:00:47.54…
JOSEP GARCIA READY TO FIGHT FOR 2022 ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GLORYRnd 1 preview, EnduroGP 2022 – Lalin, Spain
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia is ready to take on the 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship. The two-time Enduro2 World Champion will again compete aboard the KTM 350 EXC-F as he sets out to defend his 2021 E2 title as well as fighting for victory in the prestigious, overall EnduroGP category.
Returning to classic enduro action in 2021 following a three-year absence from the EnduroGP paddock, Josep immediately showed his rivals he had lost none of the pace that took him to the 2017 Enduro2 World Championship title. Riding the KTM 350 EXC-F, Garcia topped the E2 timesheets seven times from 12 days of racing last year and completed the season having finished no lower than third. His speed and consistency enabled him to finish as runner-up in the hotly contested EnduroGP class.
Midway through his championship-winning 2021 season, Garcia also added his name to the history books by claiming the overall win at the 2021 International Six Days Enduro, in Italy. The victory also marked a change in his training philosophy, which clearly paid off, as Josep went on to top all four remaining days of the Enduro2 championship, as well as winning three out of four in EnduroGP.
Now, heading into the seven-round 2022 world championship season, Josep is more determined than ever to both defend his E2 crown and go one better in EnduroGP to take his first-ever overall victory in the category. To help achieve that goal, Garcia and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team have worked tirelessly throughout the off-season, improving Josep’s chosen KTM 350 EXC-F to make the E2 championship-winning machine even more capable and adaptable to the varied conditions expected throughout the 2022 season
Keeping himself sharp and focused over the off-season, Garcia raced the first two rounds of the AMA Grand National Cross Country series in the United States. Although the three-hour races were wildly different to the sprint-style tests of classic enduro, Josep’s speed was evident, with the Spaniard claiming an impressive second-place podium result at round two.
The 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship opens with two back-to-back rounds, starting with Josep’s home race in Lalin, Spain this coming weekend, May 6-8. One week later the series heads to Peso da Régua and Armamar in Portugal for round two. Five further races then follow, held from late June through to mid-October. The 96th edition of the International Six Days Enduro will also be held from August 29 to September 3, where Josep will be fighting hard to make it two overall wins in a row for himself and the Red Bull KTM team.
Josep Garcia: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to racing the Enduro World Championship. After claiming my second Enduro2 title last year and coming second in EnduroGP, the main goal this year is definitely to go one better overall and finish the year on the top step of the podium in the EnduroGP class. When I changed my bike to the KTM 350 EXC-F last year, it definitely gave me some added motivation. Also, a change in my training regime paid off as I was able to take the overall win at the ISDE last year and finish the world championship season really strongly. The bike is perfect as it is light enough to be really aggressive when you want to, and that suits my riding style. But it’s powerful enough to ride smoothly too when conditions are tough. Riding for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing was always a dream for me, and the team have been such a big part of my success over the years in helping to develop the bike and assisting in making me a better rider too – I couldn’t be more grateful for the help they have given me. Looking ahead to round one of the championship, although the terrain should suit me, and it’s my home race too, I’m not taking anything for granted. I feel really good on the bike and I’m fully motivated for the season this year, but it’s still a long championship – I’ll give it my all as usual and always push to win.”
The 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship fires into action this coming weekend with round one in Lalin, Spain, from May 6-8. Riders then head straight to Portugal for round two, just one week later on May 13-15.
Calendar – 2022 FIM Enduro World Championship
Round 1: 6-8 May – GP of Spain – Lalin
Round 2: 13-15 May – GP of Portugal – Peso da Regua – Armamar
Round 3: 24-26 June – GP of Italy – Carpineti
Round 4: 1-3 July – GP of Portugal – Coimbra – Souselas
Round 5: 29-31 July – GP of Slovakia – Gelnica
Round 6: 5-7 August – GP of Hungary – Zalaegerszeg
Round 7: 14-16 October – GP of Germany – Zschopau
KTM unveils its new SIX DAYS models
As the 2022 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) edges ever closer, KTM has recently taken the opportunity to unveil its new enduro motorcycles, including its SIX DAYS special editions that celebrate the brand’s long and successful association with this historic event. This fact is reinforced with KTM being the first manufacturer to introduce a SIX DAYS model range, a tradition that now dates back almost twenty years.
2023 KTM 450 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
The 2023 KTM SIX DAYS line up comprises of no less than six different models – this includes a duo of two stroke machines and a quadruple offering of four stroke motorcycles, as follows:
2-Stroke: KTM 250 EXC SIX DAYS and KTM 300 EXC SIX DAYS
2023 KTM 250 EXC SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 300 EXC SIX DAYS © KTM Group
4-Stroke: KTM 250 EXC-F SIX DAYS, KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS, KTM 450 EXC-F SIX DAYS and KTM 500 EXC-F SIX DAYS.
2023 KTM 250 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 450 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 500 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
As you would expect, all the KTM SIX DAYS models are designed and built for the rigors of the ISDE and benefit from an array of exclusive parts that includes orange anodised triple clamps, a solid rear disc, plus a softer and grippier seat – finished in blue and red and which incorporates a French flag design with this year’s event set to take place at Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.
Confirming and extending their commitment to the ISDE there will once again be a strong orange presence in France later this year as the Austrian brand will soon announce details of their full racing support and rental services, which will be available to all KTM riders.
Keep up to date with all the latest ISDE news at www.fim-isde.com.
BILLY BOLT CROWNED 2022 SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONHUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S BRITISH STAR CLINCHES THE 2022 FIM SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THE SERIES IN GERMANY
Delivering yet another showstopping performance, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt has successfully defended his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship crown thanks to a victorious result at the penultimate round of the season in Germany. Winning all three races, plus SuperPole qualification, he simply dominated the proceedings from start to finish. Rising to the fore in Riesa, teammate Colton Haaker made it a Husqvarna 1-2 on the night’s overall podium. Claiming three seconds place finishes, Haaker also moves to second overall in the championship chase.
As winner of all three rounds of the 2022 season to date, Bolt arrived at the penultimate stop in Germany with a healthy 50-point lead in the championship and with the potential to wrap up the title one round early.
Quick to get going, the Brit set a blisteringly fast time in SuperPole to top the qualification by almost one-and-a-half seconds from Haaker. From the drop of the gate in race one, Bolt led the way on his FE 350. Gaining time on the highly technical rock climb, he pulled further and further from his rivals to win by 23 seconds.
Unfazed by the reversed start order for race two, Billy calmly set about his business. Ending lap one in seventh, he then moved his way into the top-four. Up to second, Bolt then found a way past Haaker with two laps to go to take the lead and ultimately the race win.
Knowing a win in race three could seal the world title, Billy set about doing exactly that. Quickly out front, he led all but one of the nine laps. A small mistake midway allowed those behind to close up, but with composure resumed, Bolt raced ahead to win the race and with it successfully defend his SuperEnduro crown.
For Haaker, the penultimate round of the series saw the American deliver his best result of the season to date. Up for the challenge, he hit the ground running in Riesa, taking second in SuperPole.
Enjoying the course, Colton put in a confident ride in race one, moving into second on lap two and holding it for the remainder of the race. Race two saw him lead the majority of proceedings. Holding station out front, he fought hard to keep teammate Bolt at bay. But with two laps to go Billy found a way through and Colton had to settle for second.
In the third and final race, Colton sat in third, but with his eyes focused on second place. Pushing for all his worth, he made a pass stick to take the position on the final lap and with it secure the runner-up place on the overall podium. With his strong performance, Colton now moves into second overall in the championship with just one round remaining in Riesa tomorrow night.
The 2022 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship concludes with round five in Riesa, Germany on March 20.
Billy Bolt: “I’m lost for words. I didn’t get to have this winning moment the first time around, so it’s brilliant to have it here in Germany tonight. It makes it feel that much more real, you know. I knew it was possible to win the title one round early here in Germany, but I was trying not to think about that. I just wanted to enjoy my riding and see what would happen. I felt good on the track and didn’t push past where I felt my limits were. To be a two-time SuperEnduro World Champion is incredible, but it’s very much a team effort too within Husqvarna, my family, and friends. We’ve one more race tomorrow, so we can’t celebrate too much tonight!”
Colton Haaker: “It’s been the best round of the season so far going 2-2-2 for second overall. Second in points now with one round to go, which is cool. But I’m finding it a bit tough to be honest. I’m fighting arm pump a lot and after about three laps I’m almost in survival mode. I feel like there’s more to give. I’m trying to stay positive and work to be better. Tomorrow is the last round so I want to give it my best shot and end it on a high.”
Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 4
Prestige Event Classification
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63pts, 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 53pts; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 45pts…
Prestige Race 1
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:26.921; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:49.865; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 8:12.759…
Prestige Race 2
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:28.730; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:37.937; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 7:51.120…
Prestige Race 3
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:38.575; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:45.317; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 7:46.502…
Championship Standings (After round 4)
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 249pts; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 181pts; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 181pts…
Pre-registration is now open
We are delighted to announce that pre-registration is now open for the 2022 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE), which will be held at Le Puy en Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.
Interested parties – riders and teams – should make immediate contact with their respective national federations, taking note that the pre-registration will close on 31 March 2022.
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The event route has now been confirmed with an average altitude of one thousand metres, rising to one thousand four hundred metres at its highest points, illustrating just one of the challenging elements of this year’s ISDE. The course will incorporate thirteen different special tests – with five tests from this selection being used per day, along with five-time checks / service areas. Some of the service areas will be repeated, with a maximum of three different ones being used on any one day to help reduce logistical costs for the teams.Details of the route
More than six hundred and fifty riders from over thirty countries are expected to descend on France later this year for the ninety-sixth edition of the ISDE, with the home nation are anticipating to be joined by the dominant forces of Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the USA, to name but a few. The French edition will appeal to all motorcycle fans and to a wider audience as well, through the presence of the top enduro riders in the World. More information regarding riders and teams will be revealed in mid-April once the pre-registration process has been completed. So save the date!
As per previous editions, to assist riders with their logistics, a full range of racing services from the major manufactures and other parties will be confirmed in due course. This will include motorcycle rental, logistical support, spare parts and professional staff with a huge ISDE experience to make sure competitors can concentrate on their riding and can enjoy the best possible sporting adventure. List of Racing Services
© Office du Tourisme Le Puy En Velay
Demand for this year’s ISDE is high, with accommodation in Le Puy en Velay already full booked and neighbouring towns also reporting reduced availability at this early stage. With this in mind, riders and teams are advised to book their accommodation as soon as possible. Discover local accomodations and attractions
For everything you need to know about the 2022 FIM ISDE:FIM-ISDE.COM