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Contents Vito Ippolito 5 FIM President
Matthew Roberts 7 Master of Ceremony
FIM Legends 9-23 FIM Team World Championships 25-47 FIM Track Racing Champions 49-57 FIM Road Safety Award 59-61 FIM Cross-Country Rallies Champion 63-65 FIM Enduro Champions 67-77 FIM Environmental Award 79-81 FIM X-Trial & Trial Champions 83-87 FIM Motocross Champions 89-113 FIM Road Racing Champions 115-129 FIM Champion of Champions 131-135
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66 years of
Vito Ippolito FIM President “It is with great delight and no less pride that I welcome you to this fourth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony and the second edition to be held in this wonderful venue that holds such a rich racing history. With another memorable season of motorcycle sport successfully completed, we are again gathered here together to celebrate and applaud our new and returning champions.
The FIM Motocross of Nations, the FIM Trial des Nations and the FIM International Six Days Enduro – the Six Days Enduro is the oldest event in the FIM calendar and celebrated its centennial earlier this year – all represent the ethos and spirit of our sport and the contributions of our many national federations in upholding the tradition of these wonderful team competitions.
After the many hours, days, weeks and months and sometimes years of training, preparation and sheer hard work that have gone into making an FIM World Champion, the moment has come at last when all those efforts are recognised by the presentation of the gold medal. The FIM Gala Ceremony is the perfect stage on which to recognise and to reward our champions in front of the hundreds of two-wheel guests who join us in person here this evening and our global TV audience that shares this special occasion with us.
Finally I would like to acknowledge the work and commitment not only of our champions and our riders, but also of all the teams, federations, clubs, organisers, sponsors, supporters and the many volunteers that make our sport possible throughout each season. Without you all there would be no racing, none of the entertainment and no FIM World Champions, those special individuals who are each adored by their many fans around the World and paint a smile on so many faces each weekend thanks to their combination of skill and bravery.
Like our many different motorcycling disciplines, the FIM Gala Ceremony itself is also an evolving process. This year alongside our individual winners we welcome the champions of our team titles for the first time.
I would like to thank you for being here and being part of this special occasion, when together we can enjoy our shared and never-ending passion for motorcycling.” © Good-Shoot 5
“My bike helps me save lives every day.” Bubacarr Jallow, a health worker in the Gambia
But every day in Africa children still die...
...because they don’t get the health care they need.
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Matthew Roberts Master of Ceremony British-born Matt Roberts has been the host of the BBC’s live coverage of the MotoGP World Championship since 2011, having previously worked as a pit-lane reporter since 2006.
Matt translated the biography of MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (“My Story So Far”) from Spanish in to English and in 2013 he ghost wrote Casey Stoner’s autobiography “Pushing The Limits”.
Prior to joining the BBC, Matt had already become a familiar face in the paddock as the in-house English language journalist for Dorna Sports and from 2001 to 2004 he became the recognised voice of MotoGP around the world thanks to his role as lead commentator on the live world feed, which was broadcast by a host of networks including ESPN Star Sports (Asia), Fox Sports (Australia), SuperSport (Africa) and Speed TV (USA), as well as for his regular role as the presenter of the MotoGP Awards Ceremony in Valencia.
Matt is also a keen rider himself and in 2011 he rode a Yamaha R1 from London to Valencia in aid of the official MotoGP charity Riders for Health.
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FIM Legends Jutta Kleinschmidt
FIM Woman Legend
FIM Track Racing Legend
FIM Cross Country Rallies Legend
FIM Enduro Legend
FIM Trial Legend
FIM Motocross Legend
Phillip William Read FIM Road Racing Legend
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FIM Woman Legend Born on 29 August 1962 in Cologne, Germany
Jutta Kleinschmidt graduated in Physical Engineering. Working at BMW, she decided to take part in raids in the desert, and, starting in 1987, took part in the Pharaoh’s Rally. She did her first Paris-Dakar in 1988. Learning the ropes was tough. Success came in 1992 when she finished in 23rd position in the Paris-Capetown riding a BMW R1000 GS, topping the women’s standings. In the same year she took part in the 24 Hour car races at the Nürburgring and in Spa. In 1993, she took part in a Cross-Country Rally on four wheels for the first time, as co-driver of Jean-Louis Schlesser (Buggy) in the UAE Desert Challenge. In 1994, she finished 22nd in the Dakar on a KTM and won the Women’s class again. She was fifth in the overall classification of the Pharaoh’s Rally (and the first woman classified). In 1995 she was contracted by the Mitsubishi team for the Paris-Dakar, in which she finished 12th. In 1996, again on a motorcycle, she won the Women’s class of the Australian Safari and the UAE Desert Challenge. In the 1997 Dakar, driving the buggy built by Jean-Louis Schlesser, she won her first stage (first stage victory for a female driver, and first German win in the Rally).
In 1999 she came back to Mitsubishi and took third place of the Dakar driving the Pajero, with two stage wins. For the first time, Jutta led the overall classification, from the third to the fifth stage. She became the first woman to be on the final rostrum – and that was not all. That same year she also took part in the Italian Baja (4th), the Tunisian Rally (4th) and the UAE Desert Challenge (3rd), which gave her a 4th place in the Cross-Country Rallies World Cup (FIA). In 2000, she took part in all the events of the World Cup and ended up in second place. In 2001 she obtained the ultimate accolade: victory in the overall classification on a Mitsubishi Pajero. Once again she established a record: first woman and first German driver ever to win the Dakar. She finished second the following year. She was then hired by the Volkswagen team with whom she finished in third in the 2005 Rally with Italian Fabrizia Pons as navigator. In 2003, together with a friend she covered more than 1500 km on a bicycle in the Alps, between Monaco and Salzburg, riding over no less than 26 passes, various of them used by the Tour de France a few days earlier. In 2008, she competed in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring on a BMW 330 and finished first in the S2 class. Jutta is also busy with training of drivers and riders for road driving and competition, and has published videos on several subjects linked to motor sports.
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FIM Track Racing Legend Born on 23 May 1933 in Tranås, Sweden
Ove Fundin is a former Speedway rider who took part in his first World Final in 1954, and won the FIM Speedway World Championship five times (1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967). He was the first rider in the Speedway history to come from a country where English was not the first language spoken. He finished runner-up in the championship three times (1957–59) and was third in 1962, 1964 and 1965 meaning that from his first win in 1956 until his last in 1967, Ove Fundin did not finish lower than a podium place in a record eleven World Finals. He was known by the nickname of the “Flying Fox” or just “the Fox” because of his red hair.He went to ride in Great Britain, joining the Norwich Stars in 1955 and riding for them until 1964 when the Firs stadium closed. Then he rode for other teams in England but he will always be remembered for the glory days at Norwich Stars where he was worshipped by the home fans.Ove Fundin also took part in the Team Speedway World Championship for the Swedish team and won the very first Team World Final held in Malmö (Sweden) in 1960, and then in 1962,
1963, 1964, 1967 and 1970. He is considered by many to be the greatest rider of all time and this is reflected by the fact that the Speedway World Cup is named after him. In 1961, together with Motocross World champion Sten Lundin, Fundin was awarded a Gold Medal by the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Fundin was honoured as Freeman of the City of Norwich in 2006, only the second non-English person to be awarded this honour. Sweden became a top country in Speedway largely because of him.He currently lives in the South of France.
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© Cyril Neveu Archive
FIM Cross Country Rallies Legend Born on 20 September 1956 in Orléans, France
After racing in Motocross, he became an internationally known cross-country rally rider from the mid-seventies. He first took part in the pre-Dakar Côte d’Ivoire-Côte d’Azur (or Abidjan-Nice) Rally in 1977 and 1978, and then in the first Paris-Dakar in 1979, aboard an XT500 Yamaha. He repeated the win in 1980 and for 1981 was contracted by Honda to be official rider for the factory. He won the rally in 1982, but finished only tenth in 1983, and fourth in 1984. He came back in 1986 still as Honda factory rider riding the famous prototype NX780 – from which the Honda Transalp and the Africa Twin would be derived – and clinched his fourth victory. The following year, 1987, was maybe the most incredible in the history of the rally, when Cyril Neveu on the factory Honda and Hubert Auriol on the factory Cagiva were racing almost side by side. Nobody knew which would be the winner until, two days before the finish in Dakar, Auriol crashed heavily and broke both his ankles, leaving another victory for Cyril.Preparing his future, he created the company NPO in 1987 which he ran until 2008, organising several
African Rallies, particularly the Tunisian Rally (Rallye de Tunisie) and the Rally of Morocco. He also created a company to organise the Tour of Corcega (Corsica) by water-scooter. Lately he has been running a Regularity Rally in Morocco for vintage cars.Having been one of the first heroes of the African Rallies together with Hubert Auriol, Cyril Neveu remains one of the greatest Rally riders ever.
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FIM Enduro Legend Born on 1 April 1947 in Vertova (Bergamo), Italy
Alessandro Gritti started his career in 1965 riding in Motocross competitions, and became Italian Champion in 1975 and 1979. At the same time, he competed in Regularity events (renamed Enduro in 1981) ; his first Italian title was in 1967 in the 250cc class, and the last one in the 600cc class in 1990. The European Championship was the top Individual Championship in the 70s and 80s (it became a World Championship in 1990). Riding a KTM, he clinched the 250cc title in 1975. He passed to the 125cc class in 1976 and took his second crown, and in 1977 he was back in the 250cc class where he captured his third title in a row. In 1981 he was a member of the Italian Trophy team which won the World Trophy at the International Six Days Enduro held on the Isola d’Elba. During his career he earned 10 Gold Medals for his individual performances in the Six Days, and he won three individual classes : the 250cc in Austria (1976), the 125cc in Germany (1979) and the 250cc at the Isola d’Elba (Italy, 1981) ; he also won the overall individual classification in the 250cc in 1976 (on KTM) and in 1981 (on Kramer). At National level, he won ten class titles (four in the 250cc, two in the 175cc, three in the 125cc, one in the 600cc, one scratch, one Junior – in 1966 riding a Morini 100cc, and two Senior. He also won the Valli Bergamasche competition four times. Alessandro Gritti started to race in offroad competition in 1965, and kept on racing until 1992 ! © Dario Agrati 17
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FIM Trial Legend Born on 18 June 1949 in Otley â€“ West Yorkshire, England
Malcolm Rathmell followed the path of his father Eric, Trial organiser and Motocross rider, starting to ride Trial when 17 years old in 1966 He started to take part in national events, with so much success that he gained the support of Triumph. In 1967 he won his first national Trial, beating the great Sammy Miller. In 1968 he was hired by Greeves,. Rathmell decided to go for Motocross beside the Scottish Six Days Trial, the Scott Trial and several other meetings. In the 1973 ISDT in the USA he was member of the British team which finished second in the World Trophy – their best classification in the last 20 years. In 1970, Rathmell went to Bultaco, and in 1971 he took part in the Scottish Six Days Trial, finishing in fourth with the famous Sherpa T, and winning the Scott Trial and the British Experts Trial. He began some major development work on the motorcycle, and in 1971 and 1972 he ended the European Championship in second, behind Mick Andrews and his Ossa. In 1973 the title went to his friend Martin Lampkin, also on Bultaco, and in 1974 it was finally his turn. In a long Championship (13 rounds, the first one in the USA, which is why the season became the Euro-American Championship), Malcolm Rathmell scored three wins and five second places, enough for him to beat Swede Ulf Karlsson and British riders Mick Andrews and Martin Lampkin.
1975 was the first World Championship year. Rathmell decided to leave Bultaco (which had many top riders and hence many different technical inputs) and go to Montesa, in order to develop the new 306cc model which was to replace the mythical Cota 247. Martin Lampkin clinched the title, one point ahead of Yrjö Vesterinen and two ahead of Rathmell. The famous Montesa Cota 348, the “Rathmell Replica”, came out in 1976, and the fight for the title remained very close. However, it was one more for Bultaco, and Vesterinen’s first title, ahead of Rathmell and Lampkin. The Finn would take a second title in 1977. Malcolm Rathmell finished third. For 1978, Rathmell signed a two-year contract with Suzuki and worked on developing the motorcycle, but it was a disaster. At the end of the first year the contract was terminated amicably and Malcolm went back to Montesa for 1979. He finished the Championship in fifth place but he won the Scottish Six Days Trial for the second time (after his first win in 1973), and the British Championship for the fifth time. He would still compete for another three years, but knee problems finally prompted him stop competing. He now runs a shop specialised inTrial equipment.
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ÂŠ Harry Everts Archive
FIM Motocross Legend Born on 6 February 1952 in Neeroeteren, Belgium
As a child, Harry had polio and underwent a series of operations on his leg. Under the guidance of his uncle Jef Teeuwissen (himself a World Championship rider), he started racing at national level in 1967 on a 250cc Maïco. Joel Robert spotted his riding skills and recommended him to the Puch factory. He entered the 250cc World Championship in 1973 and finished in 14th place as best Belgian rider ahead of Jean-Claude Laquaye, Joel Robert, Gaston Rahier and Sylvain Geboers! In 1974, he took third spot behind Guennady Moisseev and Jaroslav Falta. He then dominated the 1975 season and won a first World title (the only one for Puch). Still on a Puch in 1976, he finished fourth, repeating that feat on a Bultaco in 1977, scoring sixth in 1978. Hired in 1979 by Suzuki for the 125cc class, replacing Gaston Rahier who went to Yamaha, he was on a mission: to keep the title in the hands of the yellow brand. Harry literally destroyed the competition, clinching 18 heat wins (a record never broken nor equalled) and nine GP victories. His reign over the 125cc class lasted three years (1979-1981). During that time, he even prepared his own succession. He finished fourth in 1982 while team mate and “protégé” Eric Geboers – younger brother of his mechanic Sylvain Geboers – continued Suzuki’s domination in the class. He then went to defend the Suzuki colours in the 500cc class in 1983 and took another fourth, battling it out with Hakan Carlqvist, André Malherbe and Graham Noyce. On a Husqvarna in 1984, he suffered a severe leg injury while training that marked the end of his career. He retired and concentrated his efforts on his son Stefan, with some success! The younger Everts would claim 10 Motocross World Championships and 101 GP wins. Today, Harry is a talent scout for KTM and runs a motocross school. Harry Everts was also a member of the Belgian team which won the Motocross des Nations in 1976 and 1979. © Harry Everts Archive 21
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Phillip William Read
FIM Road Racing Legend Born on 1 January 1939 in Luton, England
Eight-times world champion motorcycle road racer Phillip William Read is nicknamed “The Prince of Speed.” He was the first man to win world championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes.
modified privateer Yamaha with no factory support. On this bike he claimed his fifth world championship and became the only rider to win a world championship as a privateer.
In 1964, Phil gave Yamaha their first world title when he won the 250cc class. He repeated this feat as champion the following year. For 1966, Yamaha introduced a new four cylinder 250cc bike and teething problems with the new engine meant he lost the crown to Hailwood. In 1967 he battled Hailwood on his six-cylinder Honda all the way to the final round. They ended up tied but Hailwood took the crown as he had five wins to Read’s four.
In 1972 he was offered a ride with the MV Agusta team and in 1973 he took the 500cc world championship. He successfully defended his crown in 1974 in what would be the last world championship for the legendary Italian marque. It would also be the last time a fourstroke machine would win a title until the advent of the MotoGP class in 2002.
The 1968 season proved to be controversial. The Yamaha factory had wanted Read to concentrate on winning the 125cc title while team-mate Bill Ivy was to take the 250cc crown. After winning the 125cc championship, Read decided to fight Ivy for the 250cc title. They finished the season tied on points and Read was awarded the championship based on elapsed times. After sitting out most of the 1969 and 1970 seasons when the major Japanese factories all withdrew from Grand Prix racing, he returned in 1971 on a heavily
He put up a strong fight against Agostini’s Yamaha for the 1975 500cc championship but finished in second place. Realising that the writing was on the wall for four-stroke machines, he left the Italian company to campaign as a privateer on a Suzuki in the 1976 season, after which he retired from Grand Prix racing. His last race was at the Isle of Man TT in 1982 at the age of 43. The FIM named him a Grand Prix “Legend” in 2002. A less well-known aspect of Phil’s career was his involvement in endurance racing. He rode a Honda in the 24-hour Bol d’Or endurance race at Le Mans and was involved in the 8-hour race at Thruxton. © FIM Archive 23
Team World Championships Russia
FIM Team Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion
FIM Team Long Track World Champion
FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Champion
FIM Speedway World Cup
FIM Women’s Trial des Nations
FIM Trial des Nations
FIM International Six Days’ Enduro World Trophy
FIM International Six Days’ Enduro Junior World Trophy
FIM International Six Days’ Enduro Women’s Team
FIM SuperMoto of Nations
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Motorcycle Federation of Russia
FIM Team Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion Riders: Daniil Ivanov, Dmitry Koltakov, Nikolay Krasnikov
LAST GASP RUSSIANS In a dramatic finale to the second day in Sanok, Poland, Russia edged a win over a gallant Austrian team but needed a run-off to do so after both had tied on 55 points at the end of the programmed 42 heats.
In the run-off Daniil Ivanov met Franz Zorn and led from the start from the inside gate. He closed down Zorn on the first bend cruising to a comfortable victory and another gold medal for the rampant Russians.
The Austrian team had held a slender two point lead over the Russians after the first days racing. With temperatures down to minus 10 degrees and light snow falling, the teams had engaged in some tough racing and there were five accidents in the first six races which took some 45 minutes to complete. Thankfully no injuries were reported and the Russians were left cursing their luck when reserve Krasnikov ground to a halt with engine problems when leading Heat 15, costing them three valuable points.
Sweden took the bronze medal, one point ahead of the Polish and Czech teams, helped by a maximum heat win in Heat 41 after Germanyâ€™s Gunter Bauer had temporarily lost control whilst leading. A spirited performance by the Poles, racing in this final for the first time, resulted in a fourth place ahead of the Czech Republic team on count back.
On the second day it was not until the two teams met in Heat 40 that they drew level courtesy of a great opportunist pass by Dmitry Koltakov on the final bend to force a deciding race.
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Koninklijke Nederlandse Motorrijders Vereniging
FIM Team Long Track World Champion Team Manager: Gerard Zijlstra Riders: Jannick De Jong, Theo Pijper, Mark Stiekema, Dirk Fabriek
DUTCH DELIGHT The county of Kent is known as “The Garden of England” but at the FIM Team Long Track Team at Swingfield Minnis in August it was the Dutch who brought in the harvest in one of the surprises of the season. In front of a huge crowd they picked up their first gold medal in this competition previously monopolised by the Germans, who had won every Final since the competition was started in 2007. Racing on home soil, the Great Britain team had high hopes of success but with a below form Richard Hall and an injury to Andrew Appleton in practice causing his early withdrawal their chances slipped away in the early heats and they eventually had to settle for third spot. Their consolation was in relegating holders Germany to fourth place.
The French, inspired by young Dmitri Berge and well supported by the Tressarrieu brothers, provided the other major surprise of the day and finished the meeting only two points behind the winners to collect a deserved silver medal. But during a long hot day, as organisers battled to contain the dust, it was the Netherlands who proved the superior team, brilliantly led by Theo Pijper with a 30 point maximum They sealed their victory with a massive 12-3 win over Germany in Heat 15 to become the first holders of the new Don Godden Trophy in memory of one of the greats of Long Track.
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Danmarks Motor Union
FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Champion Team Manager: Anders Secher Riders: Michael Jepsen Jepsen, Michelsen Mikkel, Bech Jenssen Mikkel, Porsing Nicklas
YOUNG DANES BRING HOME THE BACON Some consolation for the Danish speedway squad came with their defeat of Poland in the Under-21 version of the team competition in the Czech Republic. On the vast spaces of the Pardubice track the Danish youngsters gained revenge for their SWC disappointments with a one point victory over the Poles. Despite being seven points in arrears at the half way stage they recovered well to snatch victory. It was a reversal of their ill fortune in Prague and on this occasion the use of the ‘Joker’ worked to their advantage. The Australians were a major disappointment but their performance should not detract from a splendid effort from the Czech team to win the bronze medal.
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Polski Zwiazek Motorowy
FIM Speedway World Cup Team Manager: Marek Cieslak Riders: Jaroslaw Hampel, Krysztof Kasprzak, Patryk Dudek, Maciej Janowski
BACK ON THE GOLD STANDARD Captain Jarek Hampel led his Polish team to another SWC win in Prague in July despite the absence of Tomasz Gollob through injury. In yet another last heat decider Hampel faced Denmark’s Under-21 champion Michael Jepsen Jensen but did not allow the pressure to deflect his concentration. He jetted from the start leading all the way and his three points meant that Poland regained the title they last held in 2011 and provided hero Hampel with his sixth SWC winners medal. Previous holders Denmark were disappointed not to retain their title but Nicki Pedersen’s engine failure in a crucial Heat 16 was a bitter blow. However, team spirit in the Danish camp is high and they are already planning their assault on the title for next year.
The Poles and Danes had reached the final directly from their qualifying round but Australia had to fight through the Race Off event to win against a resurgent USA team led by evergreen Greg Hancock and a developing Latvian squad. It was a disappointing tournament for injury hit Sweden and Russia who were unable to track their best teams. Both will have to face the preliminary rounds next year in order to reach the final stages. Great Britain scraped into the top eight but lacked the strength in depth that this competition demands.
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Auto-Cycle Union Ltd
FIM Women’s Trial des Nations Team Manager: Dan Thorpe Riders: Emma Bristow, Rebekah Cook, Joanne Coles
GREAT BRITAIN’S GIRLS TAKE BACK THE TROPHY In the FIM Women’s Trial des Nations it was Great Britain, represented by Emma Bristow – Sherco, Rebekah Cook – Beta and Joanne Coles – Gas Gas, who were triumphant over last year’s winners Spain, who were without Laia Sanz – Montesa on this occasion. However Sandra Gomez – Gas Gas, Mireia Conde – Beta and Elisabeth Solera – Gas Gas, did their country proud as they fought off the attentions of Germany’s female trio of Theresa Bauml – Ossa, Ina Wilde – Sherco and Jessica Wulf – Beta, who eventually completed the podium places.
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Real Federacion Motociclista EspaĂąola
FIM Trial Des Nations Team Manager: Salvador Garcia Riders: Toni Bou, Albert Cabestany, Jeroni Fajardo, Adam Raga
SPAIN’S MEN REIGN AGAIN For a tenth time in a row the mighty Spanish team comprising of Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa, Adam Raga – Gas Gas, Jeroni Fajardo – Beta and Albert Cabestany – Sherco secured the FIM Trial des Nations title. In truth with all their four riders ranked in the World’s top four in 2013 their victory was never in doubt. Who would be second and how far behind they would finish, was more the question of the day. Spain’s winning margin would prove to be a massive eighty-nine marks after two laps of eighteen sections set around the French town of La Chatre.
Great Britain’s line up of James Dabill – Beta, Jack Challoner – Beta, Michael Brown – Gas Gas and Jack Sheppard – Beta had to resist a strong challenge from the host nation of France to repeat their runners-up placing for a fifth time in a row. France’s quartet of Loris Gubian – Gas Gas, Alexandre Ferrer – Sherco, Steven Coquelin – Gas Gas and Cedric Tempier – Sherco battled hard in front of a large home crowd to gain their first podium position since 2001.
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Fédération Française de Motocyclisme
FIM International Six Days’ Enduro World Trophy Team Manager: Fred Weill Riders: Riders: Jeremy Joly, Johnny Aubert, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, Fabien Planet, Rodrig Thain, Antoine Meo
CENTENNIAL EDITION – FRANCE CLAIM GOLD IN SARDINIA Few expected France to do anything but top the FIM World Trophy team competition at the centennial running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), held in Olbia, Sardinia. And not even a last minute change of rider line-up prevented them from doing just that. Claiming an eventual thirteen-minute margin of victory, the French national squad took control of the World Trophy team competition on day one and remained at the top of the category for the full six days of competition. Helped by an overall and Enduro 3 class winning ride from Antoine Meo – KTM, the strength of their team once again resulted in a battle for the runner-up position. Claiming the runner-up position in the World Trophy class, and in doing so placing second for the first time in more than thirty years, the United States once again proved that they are an increasing force to be reckoned with at the ISDE. Led by experienced ISDE campaigner Kurt Caselli – KTM, the team’s result was in part boosted by winning
performances from Honda’s Zac Osborne – Enduro 1 and KTM’s Mike Brown – Enduro 3 during the day six motocross races. As host nation the Italian World Trophy team started the eighty-eighth edition of the ISDE with high hopes. One rider in particular – newly crowned Enduro 2 World Champion Alex Salvini – Honda, was hopeful of a winning result. Salvini would endure a torrid week – one in which he would need hospital treatment for a forearm injury – and would ultimately be helpless to assist his Italian teammates. Recovering towards the end of the week and aided by Australia’s misfortune on day five, the Italians thankfully ended their home ISDE on the third step of the podium. Despite fighting for the runner-up result, Australia dropped four minutes on day five and ended their week in fourth position. Completing the top five in the FIM World Trophy team competition Spain were fifth. © Dario Agrati 39
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Fédération Française de Motocyclisme
FIM International Six Days’ Enduro Junior World Trophy Team Manager: Fred Weill Riders: Swan Servajean, Loic Larrieu, Kevin Rohmer, Mathias Bellino
FRENCH JUNIOR TEAM LEADS THE WAY In the FIM Junior World Trophy team category it was France who ended the week-long event as winners. Taking control of the race lead at the end of day one, they set a pace that few could match. Winning each day of the competition, they successfully defended their ISDE title. Completing the top three Italy and Great Britain were second and third respectively.
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FIM International Six Days’ Enduro Women’s Team Team Manager: Don Atkins Riders: Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones, Jemma Wilson
AUSTRALIA’S WOMEN BRINGS FRANCE’S WINNING RUN TO AN END Ending France’s five-year winning streak in the FIM Women’s World Trophy team competition Australia were crowned champions in Sardinia. Leading the race at the end of day one, Australia’s three riders – Jessica Gardiner – Sherco, Tayla Jones – KTM, Jemma Wilson – Yamaha – continued their unrelenting pace throughout the week to secure a commanding fourteen-minute margin of victory over Sweden with France third.
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Federazione Motociclistica Italiana
FIM SuperMoto of Nations Team Manager: Attilio Pignotti Riders: Ivan Lazzarini, Cristian Ravaglia, Teo Monticello
ITALY CRUSHES BULGARIA’S HOPES FOR “NATIONS” GLORY Just like its Motocross counterpart, the FIM SuperMoto of Nations is based upon the same rules and stirs the same emotions among the teams and the fans. As a reminder: each country can enter a team of three riders who must all hold a passport of that country. There are three races where two riders from each team race for “Nations” glory. Each rider participates in a maximum of two races. The winner of a race gets 1 point, the second 2 points, and so on. Five out of the six results count. Emotions were already running high when the entry list was published and it turned out that the newly crowned FIM SuperMoto World Champion was a member of the Bulgarian team and hence a passport holder of that country also. After the first race, the Czech team was leading with defending nation Italy in second position facing a five points deficit. Tailing the Azzurri were the teams of Austria and Bulgaria. Then there was another group of teams that might not be in contention for overall victory but whose riders could take valuable points away from the leading teams: France, Finland, Netherlands and Great Britain. Another race and two more results later it was Italy leading five points ahead of a surprising Austria, 7 points ahead of Czech Republic and 21 ahead of Bulgaria and France.
It was clear that the third race would be decisive. Even if they had been relegated by 21 points, Bulgaria would now field Mauno Hermunen and Angel Karanyotov. The home team was hoping for a victory and a top five position and with the five best results counting, anything could happen ! Italy would line up the experienced Cristian Ravaglia and Teo Monticelli; France the duo of Thomas Chareyre and Sylvain Bidart. On paper, Austria’s Rudolf Bauer and Hannes Maier and Czech Republic’s Tomas Travnicek and Milan Sitniaksky were not quite as strong but in this kind of competition, one can never tell. Ravaglia immediately took the lead and never looked back. Although he was being pressured by Karanyotov and Bidart during the entire race, he never made a mistake and claimed victory in the last Race. Hermunen had worked up his way to fourth and it looked as though Bulgaria would take the “Nations” overall. But Monticelli had other ideas and worked up his way from fourteenth to eighth; the race within the race! The fifth result made all the difference… And for Bulgaria, that was Georgiev’s fifteenth place in the first race; Italy’s was a ninth from Lazzarini in the same race. So, it was Italy, two points ahead of Bulgaria with France claiming third.
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Fédération Motocycliste de Belgique
FIM Motocross of Nations Team Manager: Joël Smets Riders: Clément Desalle, Jeremy Van Horebeek, Ken De Dycker
THIS ONE IS FOR GEORGES ! For some years now, the Belgians have honoured one of their motocross greats at the FIM Motocross of Nations. This year, it was the face of the late Georges Jobé that graced the shirt of the “Red Knights” as the team is called in Belgium. And what better tribute could the team have offered the former five-time FIM World Champion than to win the Chamberlain Trophy for the fifteenth time?
After the first race, the German team – backed by a keen home crowd – was leading. Italy, Australia, Belgium and the USA were in close pursuit.
Having lost last year’s “Nations” in Lommel on home soil to the German team, the Belgian squad set off to Teutschenthal to seek revenge on the Germans on their home ground. So did the American team, because its third position in 2012 had been a hard pill to swallow.
It was clear that the third race would be a nerve wracker and indeed, it was! Belgium had Clément Desalle and Ken De Dycker behind the starting grid; the USA counted on Ryan Dungey and Justin Barcia; Italy on Antonio Cairoli and David Philippaerts.
In an event that brings out the national pride in each rider and where team spirit, grit and determination are dominant factors for success, Germany, France and Italy were also amongst the contenders, each fielding top class riders.
Both Belgium and the USA saw one of their riders go down in the first turn. Desalle dislocated his shoulder and pulled out of the race. The fate of the Belgian team was now in the hands of De Dycker. The lanky Belgian put in a tremendous effort which saw him take second place in the last lap and score 2 points behind Italy’s star rider Cairoli, whose results on the day secured bronze for Italy. Dungey came in seventh and everything now depended on a hard charging Barcia who finished eleventh. It was a nice performance and the much needed fifth result – better than Tomac’s sixteenth – but it was not enough. Counting the five best results made it gold for the Belgians and silver for the Americans by a slim three points.
The rules for this event are simple. Each country can enter a team of three riders who must all hold a passport of that country. There are three races where two riders of each team race for “Nations” glory. Each rider participates in a maximum of two races. The winner of a race gets 1 point, the second 2 points, and so on. Five out of the six results count.
With two more results added after the second race, it was now Belgium in the lead ahead of the USA and Italy. France and Australia rounded off the top five.
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Track Racing Daniil Ivanov
FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion
FIM Long Track World Champion
FIM Speedway Under 21 World Champion
FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion
FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion Born on 23 September 1986, in Kamensk-Uralskiy, Russia
IVANOV – NO LONGER THE “BRIDESMAID” Daniil Ivanov was introduced to the sport by his father and brother who are both racers and he is one of the few ice racers who also take part in speedway. However, the Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship has always been his target and for the previous four years he had been stalking eight times winner Nikolai Krasnikov without ever being able to catch him. Krasnikov’s retirement presented him with the best opportunity to achieve his goal and in Uppsala, Sweden in March he finally secured the coveted gold medal having dropped only 11 points during the whole ten round series. Ivanov had stamped his authority on the series early on with emphatic wins in Russia taking a five point lead from the Krasnogorsk and setting a new track record. In Togliatti, his home track, he dropped only one point in 14 races but in Assen, the first of the artificial tracks, his close rival Dmitry Koltakov, coached by former champion Krasnikov, hit back and came to within three points of taking the lead.
A high speed clash with Austrian Frank Zorn in Inzell could have slowed his progress but Ivanov was determined and left Bavaria for the final rounds in Sweden with a 12 point advantage. When Ivanov beat Koltakov in the very first race in Uppsala the pattern was set and by the end of the day he had extended his lead to an almost unassailable 17 points. This was confirmed on the second day as he sailed to an immaculate 21 point maximum to take his first title with a total of 199 points, an emphatic 21 ahead of the rest of the field. Once again the Russians, who dominated this competition, celebrate another successful year and only the Austrians, who took them to a race off for the team title, have had any real success against them. As the remaining competitors continue to search for the secret formula that might break their stranglehold we shall see how successful they have been in 2014 !
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FIM Long Track World Champion Born on 14 February 1980 in Stockholm, Sweden Nationality Finnish
FLYING FINN’S FOURTH For 2013 the FIM Long Track World Championship had been restructured so that 20 riders, including one Wild Card, competed throughout the series in a 5-rider, 20 Qualifying Heat format, followed by two Semi-finals and a Final. This produced greater spectator interest and a closer competition with the six meetings producing six different winners. Once again the “Flying Finn” dominated the series with a season-long consistency that gathered him a record fourth successive title. His final points tally of 126 points was a massive 29 ahead of his nearest rival and his place as one of all-time greats of this discipline was assured long before the riders went into the rain-delayed Final round in Morizes in September. Here he secured his title in the 10th race and finished with 18 points despite falling in the Final.
Joonas’ early career was in speedway where he had been racing for some years, mainly in Sweden and Finland before taking up Long Track in 2000. His first medals, silver in 2006 and 2007, marked him as a future champion and he finally won gold in 2010. Since then he has added three more titles to his haul and looks to continue this success for some years to come. He still rides speedway regularly in the Polish, Swedish, British and Danish leagues but similar success on the short tracks has eluded him. The battle for the Silver and Bronze medals had been close throughout the season and the consistency of Britain’s Richard Hall eventually proved crucial as he pushed Josef Franc into 4th place and came within one point of Dutchman Jannick De Jong despite racing with an injured shoulder.
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FIM Speedway Under 21 World Champion Born on 20 June 1992 in Bydgoszcz, Poland
POLES APART 2013 saw a major overhaul of the Under-21 championship with the number of rounds reduced to three in order to avoid fixture clashes with other competitions and make it easier for riders to enter. Patryk topped the Final Classification for this championship but left it to the very last minute. Despite a suspect engine he took the two points he needed in his last race in Terenzano, Italy to beat his fellow countryman Piotr Pawliki by a single point. He led the series going into the last event but had to fight off a strong challenge from Pawliki and Kacper Gomolski and ultimately it was the 14 point haul he had taken from the first round in Pila in June which assured his victory. This was the first time that one country had taken the top three places in this competition.
Dudek started riding in 2008 and this year has seen his first major successes at international level. Apart from the Under-21 title he played an important part in Polandâ€™s Speedway World Cup success in Prague in July and also helped the Poles to a silver medal in the Team Under-21 Final. He rides for the Zielona Gora club in the Polish Extraleague and there were hundreds of his fans who travelled to Italy to support him.
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FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion Born on 10 August 1990 in Scunthorpe, Great Britain
CHAMPION OF DEDICATION AND COURAGE When Tai Woffinden was handed a permanent Wild Card place by the FIM Grand Prix Bureau, there were few who would have predicted the outcome of the 2013 Speedway World Championship. Tai himself later admitted that his personal aim had been to secure a top eight place in the rankings and automatic qualification for next year’s series but that target was quickly revised as he demonstrated his ability to match the best of the field in speed, skill, courage and sportsmanship. From the opening round in Auckland it was clear that we were seeing a far different rider to the 19 year old who disappointed during his debut GP season in 2010. Then, struggling to deal with the recent death of his father and mentor Rob, and ill-prepared technically or logistically for the demands of a long and competitive season, he failed to impress and did not qualify for the following year’s competition. Now, there was a young man who was clearly able to compete at the highest level, whose riding style looked comfortable and with a training and fitness regime which marked his determination to succeed. His progress was rapid, marked by the “race of the season” when beating Emil Sayfutdinov in Bydgoszcz, and recovering from a terrifying first bend clash with Nicki Pedersen in Gothenburg until, by winning his first
Grand Prix in Prague, he rose to the top of the leader board. A disastrous Cardiff slowed his progress and it was not until the Italian Grand Prix in August that he established a clear lead in the series. It was a season where the ambitions of a number of riders were curtailed by injuries; reigning champion Chris Holder saw his season end in a horrific crash at Coventry in July, Darcy Ward broke his shoulder in the Swedish Grand Prix and missed the next three rounds and Sayfutdinov’s accident in a Polish League match prompted his withdrawal from the championship in September. Woffinden broke his collar bone at Cardiff in June, had surgery and a metal plate inserted to enable him to ride again only two weeks later, then broke the same bone again in Stockholm twisting the plate in the process. Gritting his teeth to ride through the pain he returned to race in Torun and claim the first of what should be many World Championship titles. Amazingly, and despite a racing schedule which would tax the fittest of men, he also found time before the British Grand Prix to take a 140-mile charity cycle ride from his British base in Wolverhampton to Cardiff in aid of Cancer Research which has raised over £30,000 as a tribute to his father. The boy had become a man – on and off the track.
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FIM Road Safety Award 2013
The United Kingdom Department for Transport
The United Kingdom Department for Transport The Department is the winner of the 2013 FIM Road Safety award for its SHARP – Safety Helmet Assessment & Rating Programme – helmet safety work. Over three hundred motorcycle helmet models have been independently tested, and rated, using a simple star system. The internet site is now generating close to one million visits per year. Visitors are coming to the site from across the world, no longer just the UK. The testing programme was developed by the Department following the recommendations of collaborative international research that looked in detail at motorcycle accidents.
The FIM expresses its thanks to the independent judges for this award: Dr Rohit Baluja – President, Indian Institute for Road Traffic Education Dr Luciano Iorio – Chair, United Nations ECE Working Party for Road Safety (WP1) Antonio Avenoso – Executive Director, European Transport Safety Council Tim Buche – President, Motorcycle Safety Foundation USA
The programme provides motorcyclists with two strands of information to help them choose a helmet. The first is to inform riders of the importance of a correctly fitting helmet. Information on the web shows a rider how to select a helmet that fits correctly. The second is to provide objective advice concerning the level of protection that a particular helmet may provide in an impact by using an easy to understand “star rating” system; adopted because of its success in the safety rating of cars. Objective testing proves that consumers need not spend a lot of money in order to buy good levels of safety. It has also encouraged some brands to introduce design changes that are reflected in better SHARP ratings than were achieved by earlier designs. Helmet standards are vital – all helmets must meet minimum safety standards but this programme subjects helmets to more demanding impacts than regulations require to highlight the better performing helmets in the market place. This helps riders to make an informed choice when they buy a new helmet.
Impact testing the front of a helmet against a flat anvil.
Impact testing the rear of a helmet against a flat anvil.
Impact testing the side of a helmet against a flat anvil.
Impact testing the front of a helmet against a flat anvil.
Impact testing the front of a helmet against a kerb-shaped anvil.
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Cross-Country Rallies Paolo Gonรงalves
FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion
FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Born on 5 February 1979 in Esponsende, Portugal
A TITLE DECIDED IN THE VERY LAST KILOMETRES OF THE SEASON’S LAST RALLY In 1991, he started competing in Motocross where he remained until 2002. He then moved into Enduro until 2005 before taking part in his first Rally Raid in 2006. From 2009 onwards, “Speedy Gonçalves” as he is known started to attract attention, winning his first special in 2011 and taking a place on the podium in 2012. When Paulo Gonçalves took the start of the last special of the Rallye Oilibya Maroc, the last of the season, he had a lead of only 14 seconds over the discipline’s benchmark Marc Coma, reigning champion and six times FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champion. Gonçalves needed nerves of steel to withstand the pressure in this last sprint, especially when he spent a good while going round in circles looking for a concealed waypoint 40 km from the finish. But the rider from Portugal hung in there and was able to offer the World Championship title to Honda, officially back in Cross-Country Rallies after a 20 year absence, and to his team Speedbrain. For Paolo, the title is gladly shared with his team mate Joan Barreda
who supported him throughout the season and without whom he would not have been able to make this dream come true. This is an unusual World Championship title: Paulo, who was on the podium of every race – except at the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, where he came fourth –, was riding a Speedbrain machine. He came second in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, second in Qatar, and second in Sardinia, just a few seconds from victory on every occasion. Then he won the Rallye dos Sertoes in Brazil that counts for double points and thrust him into the Championship lead. For the Rallye Oilibya Maroc, team Speedbrain moved under the Japanese flag of Honda and it was aboard the new CRF 450 Rally that Paulo Gonçalves clinched his World Championship title.
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2013 FIM ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP enduro-abc.com
Enduro Tadeusz Błażusiak
FIM SuperEnduro World Champion
FIM Junior Enduro World Champion
FIM E1 Enduro World Champion
FIM E2 Enduro World Champion
FIM E3 Enduro World Champion
FIM SuperEnduro World Champion Born on 26 April 1983 in Nowy Targ, Poland
TADDY BLAZUSIAK LIFTS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE Claiming a record-breaking fourth consecutive world title, Poland’s Taddy Błażusiak – KTM was crowned the 2013 FIM SuperEnduro World Champion. However with a strong line-up of riders entered in the three round championship Błażusiak had a tough fight on his hands to retain his number one ranking. Injured in a training crash just days before the opening round of the championship in Lodz, Poland, Błażusiak was almost a non-starter for his home race. However refusing to concede defeat, the KTM rider arrived at the Atlas Arena determined to take his place on the start line. Grabbing the holeshot in the night’s first Final, Błażusiak unbelievably claimed a start-to-finish win. With the start order reversed for the second final, it was Britain’s Jonny Walker – KTM who avoided a first corner crash to emerge as the race leader. With a clear track at his disposal, Walker opened up an advantage over the chasing pack and won the race. Returning to the top step of podium for final number three, Błażusiak recorded his second victory of the night and left Poland as the early championship leader.
spirits. Claiming the holeshot in the opening final, the KTM rider immediately opened up a comfortable advantage over his rivals to take the race win. In final number two, it was Manxman David Knight – Honda that led the way. Forcing his way to the front of the field, Knight claimed his first victory of the season. For the third and final race of the night, Błażusiak recorded a start to finish to extend his series lead. With the final round of the season in France remaining, the Polish rider was all but assured of clinching the title. Knowing a trouble-free night was all that was needed to be crowned champion, Błażusiak did exactly that. Placing first in the initial final, he followed Spain’s Dani Gilbert – Husaberg, home for second in race two to wrap up the 2013 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship with one race to spare. Claiming the last race win of the season in final number three, Knight secured the runner-up result in the championship. Aided by his race win in Poland, Walker took the third and final step of the podium.
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FIM Junior Enduro World Champion Born on 21 June 1991 in Tasmania, Australia
AUSTRALIAN ROOKIE MATT PHILLIPS STAMPS HIS MARK Despite 2013 being Husqvarna rider Matt Phillips’ debut season of FIM Enduro World Championship competition, the young Australian impressively ended it as the newly crowned FIM Junior Enduro World Champion. Competing in the EWC for the first time, Phillips was a relatively unknown entity in the Enduro Junior category. But needing only one round of the series to formalise himself with the competition, the youngster from Tasmania quickly established himself as a serious threat for title honours. At round one in Chile it was the 2012 FIM Youth Enduro World Cup Winner Giacomo Redondi – KTM, that secured a double win. However at the following round in Argentina, Phillips hit his stride and won day one. Second on day two to Italy’s Rudi Moroni – KTM, Phillips placed himself at the top of the championship standings. Back in Europe, Phillips built on his winning momentum gained in South America. Brimming with confidence, he claimed four consecutive race wins at the GP of Spain
and Portugal. Topping the standings in both Romania and Greece, the nineteen-year old moved to within striking distance of securing his first ever world title. Although with the final round of the season proving to be a tough one due to torrential rain, he gave way to Manxman Danny McCanney – Gas Gas on day one. Finishing second to the Manx rider, Phillips nevertheless ended the day as the newly crowned FIM Junior Enduro World Champion. Despite being unable to win again for the rest of the season, Redondi’s six remaining podium results helped him to finish as runner-up to Phillips. Ending his year just eight points behind Redondi, and boosted in part due to his victory in France, McCanney claimed the third and final step of the championship podium. Winning day one in Romania, Spain’s Mario Roman – Husaberg placed fourth. Ending his year on a high with victory on day two at the GPs of Greece and France, Loic Larrieu – Husaberg rounded out the top five. © Future 7 71
ÂŠ Future 7
FIM E1 Enduro World Champion Born on 29 August 1984 in Digne, France
ANTOINE MEO DOMINATES TO CLAIM FOURTH EWC TITLE Entering the 2013 FIM E1 Enduro World Championship as the defending champion, France’s Antoine Meo – KTM was the favourite to retain the E1 title honours. However with a strong line-up of riders competing in the class along with the return of the 2011 E1 World Champion, Finland’s Juha Salminen – Husqvarna, few expected Meo to dominate the season in the manner that he did. Meo began his year in determined fashion by claiming a double win in Chile while his closest rival Salminen struggled to fifth position on day two, the KTM rider was able to gain an early advantage on the Finn. Seven days later at the GP of Argentina in San Juan, Meo overcame a number of small mistakes to secure his third and fourth wins of the year. On day one at the GP of Spain the defending champ suffered his first loss of the season. Crashing heavily on the opening enduro test, a notably de-tuned Meo was forced to dig deep in order to simply finish the race. Unable to fare better than fifth, he allowed Finland’s Matti Seistola – Husqvarna to claim an impressive and unexpected win. Battered and bruised, Meo gallantly
fought back on day two to secure the top step of the podium. Meo’s day two win in Spain ultimately sparked an eight-race winning streak, allowing the Frenchman to successfully defend his title at the penultimate round of the series, the GP of Greece. Despite not needing to fight for the win in order to collect the championship, Meo opted to lift the Enduro 1 title in style. Charging hard throughout the day he steadily increased his advantage to comfortably top the standings. With the title already his, Antoine opted to contest the final round of the season in France on a KTM 125 EXC two-stroke. Battling through heavy mud and rain on day one he capitalised on a mistake by early leader Jeremy Tarroux – Sherco to take the win. On a revised course for day two, Tarroux recorded the final victory of the E1 season. Behind Meo, the battle for the runner-up result raged between Husqvarna teammates Salminen and Seistola, with the former eventually coming out on top in this internal battle as the pairing placed second and third respectively in the final series standings. © Future 7 73
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FIM E2 Enduro World Champion Born on 5 September 1985 in Bologna, Italy
ALEX SALVINI SECURES FIRST EVER FIM WORLD TITLE With four previously crowned FIM Enduro World champions fighting for victory in the 2013 FIM Enduro 2 World Championship, nobody expected Alex Salvini – Honda, to end the year as the new title holder, but he deservedly did. On day one at the opening round of the championship in Chile, it was defending champion Pierre Alexandre Renet – Husaberg, who claimed the win, finishing ahead of Johnny Aubert – KTM, in second with Salvini third. But on day two, the Honda rider delivered a flawless performance. Taking control of the race lead early on, he maintained his advantage over Ivan Cervantes – KTM, to secure his debut career win. He was to follow this up with a double win at the next round in Argentina to leave South America leading the series. At round three at the GP of Spain, Cervantes placed his KTM on the top step of the podium on both days to reduce the points gap to Salvini. Though fighting back at round four in Portugal, Salvini beat Cervantes by just six seconds to win day one. Confident in the terrain
and determined not to be beaten, Salvini again led his classmates home on day two. With the championship now entering the second half of the season, the Italian had established himself as the rider to beat in E2. In Romania, Aubert collected the race win on day one with Salvini finishing close behind in second. However on day two Salvini regained control of the top step of the podium to record his sixth race win of the year. At the penultimate round in Greece, he again delivered another stunning performance. Second on day one to Renet, he beat his rival by just three tenths of a second to win day two and edge ever closer to his first world title. The final round of the season held in France presented riders with some of the muddiest conditions experienced for some time. Salvini kept his cool to win both days and with it the Enduro 2 World Championship, becoming the first Italian to net an EWC title since Mateo Rubin in 2000. Faring well in the slippery conditions, Renet bettered Cervantes by five points to end his season as runner-up.
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FIM E3 Enduro World Champion Born on 1 August 1984 in AmbĂŠrieu-en-Bugey, France
CHRISTOPHE NAMBOTIN RULES SUPREME Claiming eleven race wins in the 2013 FIM E3 Enduro World Championship, France’s Christophe Nambotin – KTM, easily defended his E3 World crown. With a pre-season injury to his finger hampering his progress, the Frenchman entered the opening round of the season in Chile slightly underprepared. Unsure of how his fitness would fare in the scorching South American heat, the KTM rider came close to winning day one in Chile. Battling with rival Joakim Ljunggren – Husaberg for the victory, Nambotin crashed on the final lap and handed the Swede the win. It was a rare mistake from the Frenchman, but it was one he would not repeat on day two as he claimed his first win of the series. One week later, he won again, taking victory on day one at the GP of Argentina. Heading for a double win, the Frenchman ran into trouble when his KTM ground to a halt during the penultimate special test. Needing over thirty seconds to restart, he saw his chance of winning disappear and dropped back to fourth. Capitalising on Nambotin’s misfortune, Estonia’s Aigar Leok – TM, claimed a surprising win with Ljunggren second. Back in Europe for round three at the GP of Spain, Nambotin was determined to put his misfortunes in South America behind him. Setting a blisteringly fast pace from the opening test, he set times that few could match and marched on to claim victory. It seemed the
Nambotin of old was back and with confidence booming, the Frenchman continued his winning ways. Starting a successful run in Spain that would see him collect nine consecutive day wins, it was not until the final day of the championship in France, where he crashed out of the race while in the lead on day two, that Nambotin was beaten. His crash allowed Mathias Bellino – Husaberg, to sneak through for the win, bringing the former Enduro Junior World Champion’s campaign to a victorious close. However the title was already secure, claimed by Nambotin at the penultimate round of the season in Greece. With no one seemingly able to challenge the KTM rider, the fight for the runner-up position between Leok and Ljunggren took centre stage throughout 2013. Equally matched, neither rider was able to gain a clear advantage over the other. In the end it was Leok who eventually ended the year second to Nambotin. Finishing just six points behind him, Ljunggren was third. Delivering his best performance to date, Portugal’s Luis Correia – Beta, recorded four podium results to take fourth. Missing the opening two rounds of the season due to injury, Bellino produced a stunning second half of the season. Capping his year off with a win on day two in France, the Frenchman completed the top five.
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FIM Environmental Award 2013 candidates
AMD Orehova Vas
Fédération Française de Motocyclisme
Federació Motociclista d’Andorra (Andorra)
Federação Motociclismo Portugal (Portugal)
Yamaha Motor Racing
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2013 FIM Environmental Award In order to encourage a greater awareness of environmental concerns within the motorcycling world, the FMI has created seventeen years ago, an Environmental Award to reward a significant contribution to the protection of the environment. This Award is given each year and it is granted for rewarding individuals, National Motorcycle Federations, Continental Unions, clubs, organisers, manufacturers or other organisations that have made a significant contribution or done something important to enhance environmental awareness in the field of motorcycling. Candidatures for the Environmental Award are submitted to the FIM Administration and are examined by an independent Jury. The Independent Jury for the FIM Environmental Award is composed this year of : Mr Juan Moreta, FIM Awards & Recognition Committee representative ; Ms Katia Hernández, FIM International Environment Commission Director ; Mr Wondwosen Asnake, United Nations Environmental Programme representative ; Mr Even Wiger, Director of Sustainability at the FIA Institute ; Mr Denis Bochatay, Project Manager at Quantis.
“Every year it becomes more difficult to make a decision given the standard of the applications submitted. It is truly remarkable to see the efforts made by organisers, Federations, Clubs, Industry and Circuits to produce and ensure sustainable events. Each of them should feel like a winner as they they are inspiring examples for all of us and the future generations. My congratulations go to all the participants and everyone who has made Ride Green a reality. In the world of sustainability, everyone is a winner, as at the end of the day we are all living in the same house and riding on the the same track!” Katia Hernández FIM Director International Environment Commission
FIM Environmental Ambassadors
The FIM Environmental Ambassadors’ programme has created a significant impact since its launch in 2012 by sending environmental messages to a great number of fans and followers. The Ambassadors symbolise the future, commitment, awareness and respect. They are high profile individuals, leaders in their disciplines. Representing both genders and different countries and cultures, they each play an important role in motorcycle sport. All of them have lent their voices to tell the world that motorcycling is contributing to
sustainable development and that we respect the planet and the future generations. The FIM Environmental Ambassadors team is composed of : Randy de Puniet, Takahisa Fujinami, Marc Márquez, Valentino Rossi, Laia Sanz and Alex Salvini. The FIM Environmental Ambassadors will be presenting the FIM Environmental Award during the FIM Gala Ceremony on 1 December in Monaco.
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X-Trial Toni Bou
FIM X-Trial World Champion
Trial Toni Bou
FIM Trial World Champion
FIM Womenâ€™s Trial World Champion
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FIM X-Trial & Trial World Champion Born on 17 October 1986 in Piera, Spain
BOU IS ONCE AGAIN A DOUBLE CHAMPION Continuing the theme of the last six seasons Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa claimed his seventh successive FIM Indoor / X-Trial World Championship and FIM Trial World Championship during 2013. The now twenty-seven year old rider from Barcelona was once again in devastating form both indoors and outdoors as he further etched his name in the history books having now achieved an amazing fourteen FIM individual World titles.
Championship with a worthy performance and with a round to spare at the next and penultimate round in the German city of Bielefeld. The Montesa rider rounded out his campaign with yet another win to maintain his 100% winning record at the last event in Nice, France where Raga also claimed the runners-up spot in the title race.
The 2013 FIM X-Trial World Championship saw Bou extend his winning record in this particular discipline having already become the rider with the most titles the previous year. Bou was simply unstoppable during a five round campaign that ran from January to April. The opening round in Sheffield, Great Britain saw Bou face one of his strongest challenges as Albert Cabestany – Sherco, who would eventually take third place in the series, pushed him right to the wire.
Outdoors Bou had to fight off a spirited challenge from Raga, to secure a record equalling seventh crown to match the previous feats of Trial legends Jordi Tarres and Dougie Lampkin. Between Bou and Raga, they took twelve out of the thirteen-day wins, to confirm that the title chase was very much a two-rider race. Raga’s sheer persistence set up an exciting closing final two round showdown. However Bou was to dominate the penultimate British GP with a double victory despite a late scare that saw him need hospital treatment for a deep cut to his stomach.
It was Adam Raga – Gas Gas who followed Bou home a month later in Barcelona where the reigning champion showed his real class, as he did again at round three in Malaga to open up a healthy lead in the series standings. Bou duly wrapped up his seventh FIM X-Trial World
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FIM Womenâ€™s Trial World Champion Born on 11 December 1985 in Barcelona, Spain
SANZ STEALS HER THIRTEENTH TRIAL TITLE Twenty-seven year old Laia Sanz – Montesa secured an amazing thirteenth FIM Women’s Trial World Championship after coming from behind and stealing her latest crown on the last day of the series. Sanz’s late charge came after she missed the opening two days of the campaign as she juggled her assaults on two different championships, the other being the FIM Women’s Enduro World Cup. At the opening event high in the mountains of Andorra it was the British duo of Rebekah Cook – Beta and Emma Bristow – Sherco who would trade the opening blows in the fight for female supremacy. Cook came out on top on day one as Bristow miscalculated the overall time allowance and ended the day in third spot behind Spain’s Sandra Gomez – Ossa due to her mistake. Just twenty-four hours later Bristow made amends for her costly error as she won on day two and was joined on the podium by Cook and Gomez respectively. After an extended pause in proceedings, the battle amongst the leading ladies resumed in the French ski resort of Isola 2000 where reigning and defending champion Sanz joined the frontline for the first time this season. Laia knew that nothing less than back-to-back
wins on her return would give her the chance to lift what could prove to be a lucky thirteenth Trial crown. Bristow pushed her arch rival close on both days of competition in Isola 2000, but ultimately could only manage to finish as runner-up to Sanz on the two days to set up a tense and thrilling climax which would be played out in La Chatre, France a few days later. In a winner takes all showdown, with the Women’s title being decided on the best three results from the five counting days, Sanz and Bristow squared up for one last time to decide who would occupy the throne come the close of play. After two enthralling laps of top level riding just three marks split Laia and Emma, with the Spanish rider holding the narrowest of advantages as they headed out on the course for one last but important time. Like a true and thirteen time FIM Women’s Trial World Champion Sanz held her nerve to fight off Bristow, as the British rider once again had to settle for the bridesmaid placing both on the day and in the series. After her own season long battle Cook finally got the better of her younger challenger Gomez to secure third spot in the final standings.
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Motocross David Rinaldo / Libor Podmol FIM FreeStyle World Champion
FIM Snowcross World Champion
FIM SuperMoto S1 World Champion
FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Champion
FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion
FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion
Ben Adriaenssen & Ben van den Bogaart
FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champions
FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion
AMA Supercross, an FIM World Champion
FIM MX3 Motocross World Champion
FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion
FIM MX1 Motocross World Champion
Who will be the 2013 FIM FreeStyle
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Over the last two seasons, David Rinaldo has come on “by leaps and bounds” to establish himself as one of the top riders in the NIGHT of the JUMPs series. Not least because of the incredible style he displays in upside-down tricks and the way he has perfected the Doublegrab Backflip, the young Frenchman is now poised to take the 2013 FIM Freestyle MX World Championship title.
David Rinaldo Born on 18 December 1989 in Forbach, France
At the season opener in Kaunas (Lithuania), Rinaldo progressed to the final and finished in sixth place but then went on to win two World Championship events – Berlin Day 2 and Danzig – outright. He also claimed the runner-up trophy at NIGHT of the JUMPs in Beijing, Liberec, Basel (Day 2) and Berlin (Day 1). On Day 1 of the Swiss round, he finished in fifth position. He has had only one failure all year; that was in Riga (Latvia) when he crashed into the barrier and followed up with a “dead sailor”. Although Rinaldo continued to top the standings, it allowed his closest pursuer, Libor Podmol, to narrow the gap. This is one of the closest Championships in FIM history. Rinaldo stands a good chance to secure his first ever FIM Freestyle MX World Championship crown in Sofia on 14 December.
Motocross World Champion ?
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Libor Podmol has already won the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship once before; that was back in 2010. He has also been runner-up in four other seasons and currently heads the NIGHT of the JUMPs World Rankings. As the main challenger to David Rinaldo, he therefore brings plenty of experience and a significant repertoire of tricks to the contest, including his “360” variation and massive “Underflip Indy”.
Libor Podmol Born on 1 June 1984 in Ostrava, Czech Republic
The Czech rider got his world championship campaign off to a flying start with a third-place podium in the season opener in Kaunas. Although he has so far won only one round of the 2013 series outright (Berlin Day 1), he has a string of P3 finishes to his credit: Gdansk, Beijing, Riga and Berlin Day 2. This makes a grand total of six podium appearances so far this year. In three further rounds – Basel (Day 1 and 2) and Liberec – he took fourth place. He goes into the final event of the 2013 season in Sofia (Bulgaria) one point adrift of Championship leader Rinaldo. He did it in 2010; can he add second World title to his tally ?
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FIM Snowcross World Champion Born on 7 September 1989 in Lima, Sweden
ADAM RENHEIM TAKES A MAIDEN FIM SNOWCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP The 2013 FIM Snowcross World Championship was to be a series of three races; one in Finland and two in Russia. Unfortunately, the Russian events were cancelled and the Championship was back to the single event formula it had been using in the previous two years.
In Race 2, both Narsa and Logan were in front of Renheim who started in 7th position. Logan took the lead in the 4th lap and quickly stretched a gap between himself and the competition. Narsa was in second but had to give up one place to Renheim who put in a respectable ride.
Swedes Petter Narsa and and Adam Renheim set the tone in the Free Practices, each rider dominating his group.
With the three of them tied within 5 points, it was clear that Race 3 was “do or die”! And Race 3 was for Narsa, in the lead from start to finish. Logan was in 2nd position and this put both riders on equal points. And Renheim? He started in 11th position and for some laps looked a little bit lost. But then, the Swede charged through the pack to take 2nd spot from Logan, who finally finished 3rd. This impressive ride earned Renheim a maiden FIM World Championship title, leaving Narsa as runner-up and Logan in third.
Narsa won his Qualifying Race with Christian Logan in second place. Renheim crashed in the first turn in his Qualifying Race and had to go through Last Chance Qualifying to make it to the group of 20 riders who would fight it out for World honours. These three riders would dominate the Races. As of the start of Race 1, a fierce Renheim took the lead and never looked back. Narsa managed second but could never threaten his fellow countryman. Logan scored third place after working his way up from 9th position.
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FIM SuperMoto S1 World Champion Born on 26 March 1988 in Vantaa, Finland
HERMUNEN ENDS THE CHAREYRES’ REIGN A Chareyre – whether it be Adrien or Thomas – had been taking a FIM SuperMoto World Championship home every year since 2008. An incredible takeover that was finally brought to a halt by Finn Mauno Hermunen. Mauno Hermunen started off the 2013 Championship in dominant style taking some eight victories in the first four events. Capua, Vairano, Sosnova and Kuressaare all went to the flying Finn. Defending FIM SuperMoto Champion Thomas Chareyre resisted well but was no match for Hermunen. It seemed the two-time World Champion was doomed to place nothing but second for at least the first three events. The Estonian round even saw him relegated to third positions but “seconds” stayed in the family with brother Adrien the top Chareyre in that event. Thomas Chareyre won the next event in Latina taking home 47 points whereas Hermunen encountered mechanical problems in the second race and could “only” score 41 points. Was the Finn’s armour cracking? Sicily saw the “other” Chareyre take overall victory, repeating – exactly – his younger brother’s race results in Latina. But Hermunen’s victory in the first race and third place in the second kept him firmly in the lead by a
large margin. But the last event was in France, Chareyre country… When the starting lights went out for the first race, Hermunen went for the lead and collided with Thomas Chareyre. The tone was set ; the outgoing Champion would not give his crown away just like that. He would fight until the end, winning the race. Hermunen had to make his way through the pack and came in fifth. He had lost valuable points. This may have cooled down Hermunen, who decided to ride with the head rather than the heart in the second race. After one lap, it was Thomas Chareyre taking the lead from his brother Adrien. But a crash ruined the younger Chareyre’s last hopes. In seventh place, he charged down on Hermunen who took no risks, seeking Championship gold rather than engaging in a battle where he might lose more than he gained… The Finn let go and smoothly finished eighth, winning the 2013 FIM World Title. Adrien Chareyre took the overall victory and gave the French crowd something to cheer about. Behind these three riders, the field included the likes of Ivan Lazzarini and Sylvain Bidart; all SuperMoto GP regulars and good riders but no title contenders this year…
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ÂŠ Nuno Laranjeira
FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Champion Born on 3 November 2001 in Walnut Creek, USA
TIJERO, A HARD NUT TO CRACKâ€‰! Aiden Tijero may not have won both heats but with two solid and consistent rides, he proved too strong for the competition. In the first race, he did not get a good start and he had to fight his way through the ranks. In the meantime, Anton Nagy, who started seventh, quickly took first with local boy Petr Polak within striking distance. With two laps to go, Tijero passed Polak for second and then engaged in a dogfight with Nagy for the lead. Both riders exchanged positions several times until the Swedish rider made a mistake and went down. This opened the road to victory for Tijero. In the incident, Nagy even lost second place to Polak and had to settle for third.
but in the end had to settle for fourth when Nagy overtook him. By doing so, Nagy secured runner-up position in the Championship ahead of Polak. Dankersâ€™ excellent second race result put him fourth overall. With Japanese rider Jo Shimoda (5th overall) and Chilean Hardy Munoz (7th overall), there were riders from four different continents in the top 10 of the Championship, proving again that there is young motocross talent all over the world.
Dutch rider Raivo Dankers, who was fastest in qualifying, took the holeshot in the second race and never looked back. After a bad start and a crash in the first race which saw him finish a distant seventh, he was a boy with a mission. Tijero had a better start this time and quickly took second. Polak was running third most of the race ÂŠ Nuno Laranjeira 97
ÂŠ Nuno Laranjeira
FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion Born on 21 April 1999 in Bath, Great Britain
BRITANNIA RULES ! Conrad Mewse may not have been the fastest rider out there but sometimes you have to lose a battle in order to take the Championship. And that is exactly what he did !
The 2010 FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Champion Jorge Prado (Spain), still recovering from a broken collarbone and on postion 10 in the Race 1, came in fifth.
American rider Sean Cantrell dominated the first race and took no prisoners. From the start, he was out in front and quickly opened a gap between himself and the competition. Mewse was in fourth hunting down Czech Jakub Teresak and Brazilian Enzo Lopes. He finished a close second to Cantrell ahead of Teresak, Australian Hunter Lawrence, who recovered from a mediocre start, and Lopes.
In the overall standings, Mewse narrowly beat Hunter for world honours. Teresak gave the home crowd another place on the podium. Sexton’s second race result put him fourth. Denmark’s Glen Meier’s consistent results (7-6) secured him a fifth place in the World Championship ahead of Prado.
In the second race, Mewse quickly took the lead and seemed to be on his way to a win. However, Lawrence had other ideas and claimed the race win in the final lap. Cantrell DNF’ed race two because of a broken chain but fellow American Chase Sexton (position 8 in the Race 1) finished third well ahead of Teresak.
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ÂŠ Nuno Laranjeira
FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion Born on 13 January 1997 in Aizpute, Latvia
JONASS CONQUERS HIS SECOND FIM JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP For the Latvian fans present, it was clear that Jonass would take the Championship… And by doing so he became the first rider ever to win two FIM Junior Motocross World Championships. He also won the 85cc class in 2011. Jonass did not get it handed to him on a plate. He had to work for it. Although his starts were far from perfect, he combined excellent speed and good racing lines to claim victory in the first race, just narrowly beating France’s Nicolas Dercourt by a mere 00.239 seconds ! Under the eyes of SVEMO coach and 1994 FIM 500cc Motocross World Champion Marcus Hansson, Sweden’s Anton Lundgren was a surprising third, proving that his qualification result was no fluke. Spanish rider Jorge Zaragoza and 2011 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion Brian Hsu from Germany chased through the pack to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
In the second race Dutch rider Calvin Vlaanderen (9th position in Race 1) grabbed the holeshot and sailed to victory. Jonass again had to fight hard as he was under permanent threat from Dercourt. Unfortunately, with two laps to go, the French rider damaged the ligaments in his left knee. He finished the race in pain but still managed to hold on to ninth position. Dutch rider Davy Pootjes (position 19 in Race 1) Czech Martin Krc (position 20 in Race 1) and Venezuelan Lorenco Locurcio (position 12 in Race 1) rounded off the top five. For the overall, it was Jonass. Who else ? Vlaanderen’s victory in Race 2 earned him runner-up spot ahead of the unlucky Dercourt. A crash spoiled Zaragoza’s second race but his 4-7 results got him a fourth overall ahead of Italian Davide Bonini whose 10-6 results were good enough for fifth overall.
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Ben Adriaenssen & Ben van den Bogaart
FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champions Driver - Ben Adriaenssen (BEL) Born on 27 January 1989 in Turnhout, Belgium Passenger - Ben van den Bogaart (NED) Born on 24 September 1989 in Turnhout, Belgium
CHANGING OF THE GUARD There was shocking news after the first event of the season in Switzerland ! Both reigning Champion Daniel Willemsen and runner-up Etienne Bax had suffered injuries and had no points on their account. Luckily, there was a six week gap before the next event. It proved to be a difficult year for Willemsen. He never took the time to heal and suffered several mechanical breakdowns. It was too much, and the ten times FIM World Champion threw the towel in the ring after the fifth event. He came back for the final event of the season, reminding everybody that he was still there and scoring a fourth and a ninth place. Will he race next year ? We’ll have to wait and see. Of course, the competition was not going to wait and it was last year’s number three who took command of the Championship. Adriaenssen won both races and never looked back. Together with his passenger Ben
van den Bogaart, he would win nine more races and add another thirteen podium finishes to his tally, giving him seven overall victories. Talk about being consistent. Adriaenssen was well in control of the Championship. Bax came back in the second event claiming victory in the Ukraine and winning 15 races. He may have won more races than Adriaenssen but could never equal his consistency. Five DNFs cost him dearly and apart from his race victories, he counted only five podium finishes. Third in the Championship went to Jan Hendrickx who paired up with Elvijs Mucenieks. Hendrickx could never match the speed of the leaders but regularly scoring top ten points earned him bronze. There are many young drivers and passengers in the Championship now and even if the “old guard” still has something to say, we may have reached a turning point in Sidecar Motocross.
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ÂŠ Nuno Laranjeira
FIM Womenâ€™s Motocross World Champion Born on 10 March 1994 in Parma, Italy
FONTANESI BIS REPITA Chiara Fontanesi was the dominant rider in the 2013 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, winning four events and nine races, proving that her 2012 Championship was no fluke. Fontanesi remained unbeaten for seven races in a row before Ireland’s Natalie Kane could snatch a victory away from the Italian. But Chiara immediately put things straight in the next event when she scored a “full house” again. The last event in Senkvice (SVK) would have seemed like a formality if it were not for the fact that she arrived there injured and on crutches; an unwelcome reminder of the X-Games. Still, she felt confident that she could secure the Championship as of race 1, but she knew that she would probably have to put her pride aside and ride with her head rather than with her heart. And she did just that, celebrating her second FIM World title with a pizza in the local pizzeria on Sunday evening. Behind her – and during the whole season – battle raged between Natalie Kane, Megan Rutlidge and Steffi
Laier respectively two, three and four in the provisional standings. Together with Fontanesi, they had all been expecting podium finishes. But Kane crashed on Sunday practice and was transported to hospital. She came back after race 1 and convincingly won the last race of the season but it was not enough... Her hopes of a possible second place in the Championship went up in smoke and she had to settle for fourth. Second place was taken by Australia’s Megan Rutledge. It was her first complete season but she proved to be a “fast learner” and even won the last final round, taking home silver. Bronze went to four-time FIM World Champion Steffi Laier from Germany. After a two year absence, she returned to the FIM series, regularly scoring consistent results between second and fourth position. The “grande dame” of FIM Women’s Motocross is still a force to be reckoned with !
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ÂŠ Nuno Laranjeira
AMA Supercross, an FIM World Champion Born on 13 August 1988 in Poulsbo (Washington), USA
VILLOPOTO MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW ! Ryan Villopoto won his third AMA Supercross FIM World Championship in as many years. But it was not that easy… The season opener in Anaheim (I) started with a shock when 2012 runner-up David Millsaps put in an unexpected ride that saw him win the event. Ryan Villopoto definitely had the speed but crashed his way through the Final to finish in 16th position only. The next week in Phoenix, Ryan took a second and then clinched his first victory the following week in Anaheim (II) and another one in Oakland. Everybody thought at that point that it would be just a matter of a few weeks before the defending Champion was leading the Series, but a strong David Millsaps kept putting in solid rides and stayed on top of the points table. And Villopoto only got a 6th and 7th in the next two races whereas his competitors Millsaps and Dungey were on the podium each time …
But as of round 7 in Arlington, Villopoto was back in on top of his game. As of then he was constantly scoring top two finishes (eight victories and three times 2nd in 11 races), taking command in the Championship in Daytona and securing the number 1 plate in Salt Lake City. In the meantime, the battle for 2nd and 3rd place in the Championship raged on between a solid Millsaps and a consistant Dungey, the Suzuki rider taking 2nd place beating the KTM rider by just one point… exactly the same top three as last year. With a total of 10 victories and four 2nd places, Villopoto was once again the “masterblaster” in the series. With three consecutive AMA Supercross Championships, he has accomplished a feat that only legends like Bob Hannah, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael had managed before him !
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ÂŠ Nuno Laranjeira
FIM MX3 Motocross World Champion Born on 20 December 1990 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
THE END OF AN ERA ! 2013 was the last year of the MX3 (former 500cc class) which started off as a European Championship in 1952 and got FIM World Championship status in 1957. Klemen Gerčar will go down in history as the last World Champion of the class that includes the names of Nilsson, Lundin, Tibblin, Smith, Friedrichs, Aberg, De Coster, Mikkola, Noyce, Malherbe, Carlqvist, Thorpe, Geboers, Jobé, Smets and Everts... The 2013 season was a battle between defending Champion Mathias Walkner from Austria, last year’s runner-up Martin Micheck and Klemen Gerčar who finished fifth. And battle they did ! Walkner was still recovering from an injury when the season started. Estonia’s Gert Krestinov may have won the red number plate of points leader at the opening round but as of the second event in Troyan (BUL), the red plate always went from Gerčar to Walkner and back. Micheck was consistent and could not be ruled out for the Championship but the Czech rider never could get his hands on the coveted red plate.
Still, when the riders arrived for the final round in Senkvice (Slovakia), the Championship was down to Gerčar and Michek, the Slovenian leading his opponent by 13 points but there were still 50 points for grabs. Walkner had been relegated to third and had only a minimal mathematical chance of renewing his title. In the end, he had to settle for third. The start of the first race saw Gerčar on the ground in a heap of riders. The Slovenian jumped back on his motorcycle to hunt down the competition and raced through the pack to 7th place. Michek, however finished second and the points gap was now reduced to 5 ! The last race saw a heated duel between both riders. It was a ding dong battle, each one taking the upper hand on several occasions. After the 20 minute mark, Gerčar steadily pulled away from Micheck, thus extending his points lead. Relief and joy for Gerčar; desolation and disappointment for Michek who saw the title slip away.
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FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion Born on 12 September 1994 in Geldrop, Netherlands
HERLINGS AGAINST THE REST OF THE WORLD Dutch rider Jeffrey Herlings took home a second consecutive FIM MX2 World Championship in true dominant style. A shoulder injury had him sidelined for two events but he won all 15 GPs in which he participated. With a total of 30 Grand Prix wins, he is now not only the most successful Dutch rider in Motocross history but he has also broken Gaston Rahier’s long standing record of 29 victories in the former 125cc class. And he only needed three years to do it ! There are many good riders in the MX2 class : Tixier, Butron, Charlier, Coldenhof, Ferris, Nicholls, etc. And although they were all men on a mission, Butron and Charlier were the only two riders who could snatch a race win away from Herlings when racing for points. In fact, the biggest danger to Herlings was Herlings himself. His pride and determination sometimes went into “overdrive” but whatever precarious situations he put himself in, he still pulled off 28 victories in the 30 races that saw him take the start.
Teammate Jordi Tixier ended a distant second making it 1 and 2 for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. Jordi is a pillar in the MX2 class and put up a fierce resistance when duelling with Herlings but to no avail. Runner-up was the best the French rider could do this year but he has nothing to be ashamed of. Third place also went to a KTM rider : Spain’s José Butron. This may come as a bit of a surprise but José has been working up his way through the ranks, improving every year. And he was one of the two riders capable of beating Herlings this year; not bad at all ! Nobody ever doubted his talent, not even four time FIM World Champion Harry Everts who has been a “Butron believer” for several years now. Together with the upcoming and talented youngsters Jorge Zaragoza and Jorge Prado, he will be spearheading Spain’s blaze for Motocross glory in the future.
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ÂŠ Ray Archer
FIM MX1 Motocross World Champion Born on 23 September 1985 in Patti, Italy
LUCKY SEVEN FOR ANTONIO CAIROLI Antonio Cairoli was once again the man to beat… And once again, he withstood all attempts to end his reign. Analysing this year’s results, one cannot but be full of admiration for the Sicilian. True, he lost some Grand Prix victories to Clément Desalle (4), Gautier Paulin (3) and Shaun Simpson (1) but he added nine to his credit winning 17 out of 34 races. With seven FIM World Championships and 63 Grand Prix victories under his belt, he is now second in line behind the great Stefan Everts (10 FIM World Championships and 101 GP victories). Once again, Suzuki’s Clément Desalle was one of his fiercest opponents. But, after winning the opening round in Quatar, the Suzuki rider lost some momentum. He never gave up though, scoring podium results but never could match Cairoli’s speed and consistency. In fact, he was in a fierce battle with Gautier Paulin for second. Clèment even had to wait until round 9 in Maggiora (Italy) before he could even win another race. But a mechanical breakdown in the second race cost
him more valuable points. After that, he finished eight times on the podium in the remaining nine Grands Prix, eventually taking silver. Gautier Paulin performed at the same level as Clément Desalle: fast and furious but also lacking Cairoli’s consistency. A crash in Germany saw him end up in hospital. He chose not to take part in the following event in the Czech Republic and even DNF’ed in the second race in Belgium. These five “zero” scores explain his 5th position in the final standings. Finally, third place in the Championship went to a “reborn” Ken De Dijcker. Cairoli’s team mate put in some nice results, taking away valuable points from the competition whenever he could. Whether he would also have reached the podium without Paulin’s mishaps remains an open question. The fact is that the tall Belgian is back on the same pace that saw him finish runner up in 2007.
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FIM MX2 WORLD CHAMPION Jeffrey Herlings
FIM MX1 WORLD CHAMPION Antonio Cairoli
Road Racing Pekka Päivärinta & Adolf Hänni FIM Sidecar World Champions
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team
FIM Endurance World Champion
FIM Supersport World Champion
FIM Superbike World Champion
FIM Moto3 World Champion
FIM Moto2 World Champion
FIM MotoGP World Champion
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Pekka Päivärinta & Adolf Hänni
FIM Sidecar World Champions Driver - Pekka Päivärinta Born on 1 November 1971 in Helsinki, Finland Passenger - Adolf Hänni Born on 1 June 1955 in Bern, Switzerland
PAIVARINTA AND HANNI TAKE THE TITLE By a margin of just eleven points, after eight hard fought rounds at some of the best circuits throughout Europe, Finland’s Pekka Paivarinta with Swiss Passenger Adolf Hanni took the 2013 FIM Sidecar World Championship. This was Paivarintas’ fourth World Title, and Hannis’ third despite the experienced pairing only recording two race wins during the season long campaign.
In a turn of fortunes, from Germany onwards the season belonged to the British Birchall brothers as they went on a seven race / four round winning run to make partial amends for their uncharacteristically slow start to the year. Their uninterrupted one hundred and seventy five points haul created a tense climax to the season at the final round at Le Mans, France.
Three crews contested the main title fight. German driver Jorg Steinhausen with last year’s championship winning British passenger Ashley Hawes, British Brothers Ben and Tom Birchall and eventual champions Paivarinta and Hanni. It was Steinhausen and Hawes who won the opening race in Aragon, Spain to confirm themselves as contenders. However by the time the series reached the halfway stage at the Sachsenring in Germany the German/ British duo trailed the Finnish / Swiss combination by nine points.
Although the Birchalls rounded out their 2013 campaign in victorious style, their late efforts were still not sufficient to stop Paivarinta and Hanni taking the crown as they clinched the 2013 FIM Sidecar World Championship with a calculated third place at the last race. Ben and Tom Birchall ended the year as more than worthy runners-up whilst Steinhausen and Hawes rounded the top three in the final championship standings after another season of hectic three-wheel action.
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Suzuki Endurance Racing Team
FIM Endurance World Champion Team Manager: Dominique Méliand (FRA) Permanent Riders: Vincent PHILIPPE (FRA), Julien DA COSTA (FRA), Anthony DELHALLE (FRA), Alex CUDLIN (AUS)
13TH WORLD TITLE AND 4TH CONSECUTIVE CROWN The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team no longer needs any introducing. This French team has been carving its name in the annals of World Endurance since the 1980s. This season, the SERT won its 13th world title and remains unbeaten for the fourth year in a row. In 2013, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team won by just five points over the Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube. This result reflects the tough nature of the entire season. It started with the Bol d’Or where the team had two crashes . Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Julien Da Costa managed to snatch third place behind SRC Kawasaki and the Monster Energy Yamaha YART. At the Suzuka 8 Hours, SERT just missed the podium, finally chalking up a win at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Suzuki team was again dogged by misfortune: an injured Anthony Delhalle was replaced by Alex Cudlin and the bike crashed at the start of the race, leading to a multitude of mechanical
problems and an overheating engine. But Dominique Méliand’s team never gave up. The mechanics worked in the pits for over an hour to change a cylinder head seal and send the Suzuki back on to the track. The SERT finished as the 26th team classified at Le Mans and 12th in Formula EWC. The entire team’s extraordinary determination enabled the SERT to scrape up nine points at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and go on to take a new FIM Endurance World Championship Title. The 2004 Endurance World Champion Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube pulled off a superb season with David Checa, Kenny Foray, Mathieu Lagrive and Maxime Berger to finish just behind the SERT. Technical problems and crashes did not get the better of Christophe Guyot’s crew who made it on to the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having dominated the two 24 hour races, the only ones in which it took part, Team SRC Kawasaki took third place in the overall world standings.
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FIM Supersport World Champion Born on 14 September 1990 in Lincoln, Great Britain
LOWES LAYS DOWN THE LAW IN SUPERSPORT It took Sam Lowes just three years in the Supersport World Championship to reach the top of the category and clinch the title onboard the Yamaha of Russian team Yacknich Motorsport. With 250 points, the young English rider from Lincolnshire pulled off a textbook 2013 season. Apart from a DNF at the Aragon circuit at the start of the season for mechanical reasons, Lowes never finished lower than the second step on the podium. With six victories, five second places, nine pole positions and seven lap records, Sam Lowes’ 2013 record is truly exceptional.
speed and regularity and the reliability of his Yamaha R6 wore down the Turkish rider’s resistance in the end. At just 23 years old, Sam Lowes is the third British rider to be crowned Supersport World Champion. With a sixth place in the Championship for his first season in 2011, a third last year and the Championship title this year, Sam Lowes has clearly still got something up his sleeve so don’t expect this young Brit to rest on his laurels. We should be seeing him in Moto2 in 2014 for a new challenge worthy of his talents.
Heir to 2009 champion Crutchlow and 2011 winner Davies, Sam Lowes has enabled Yamaha to add a new title to their roll of honour. And like his peers before him, Lowes had to battle it out with three-times World Champion and great Supersport specialist, Turkey’s Kenan Sofuoglu. Throughout the season, the two men went head to head and Sofuoglu made it on to the highest step of the podium on five occasions. But Lowes’
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FIM Superbike World Champion Born on 19 August 1985 in Huddersfield, Great Britain
20 YEARS AFTER SCOTT RUSSELL In 1993, America’s Scott Russell gave Kawasaki their first world crown in the FIM Superbike World Championship. Twenty years later, in 2013, Tom Sykes has won the FIM Superbike World Championship, giving Kawasaki its second ever title. The battle for this world title, which eluded Tom Sykes and Kawasaki last year, falling to Max Biaggi on Aprilia by just half a point, was particularly hard fought this year. With eight pole positions, eighteen podiums including nine wins, and thirteen lap records, Tom Sykes chalked up some impressive statistics in 2013. But he did not have an easy ride against Marco Melandri on the factory BMW and especially the two Aprilia riders, Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli. Guintoli led the Championship for quite a chunk of the season before injuring his shoulder during training in the summer. Laverty had a fabulous end-ofseason, piling on the pressure for Tom Sykes. The Irish
rider on his Aprilia matched his Kawasaki rival in terms of the number of victories (nine apiece) and ended up World Vice Champion, just 23 points behind a fabulous Tom Sykes who kept his nerve to win the category and take home the title. Tom Sykes is a born attacker. Very impressive aboard the Kawasaki and capable of extraordinary laps during the Superpole sessions, he is also a very reliable rider. Despite three DNF’s caused by mechanical problems, he did not have a single crash all season. Tom Sykes made his World Superbike Championship début in 2009 with Yamaha alongside Ben Spies the year the American won the title. He has been faithful to Kawasaki since 2010 and has taken part in all the development phases of the current ZX-10R. Sykes and the Ninja, or the fabulous tale of a man and his machine united on the road to glory.
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FIM Moto3 World Champion Born on 12 January 1995 in Figueres, Spain
TOP GUNS TAKE IT TO THE WIRE The battle for the 2013 Moto3 title was one of the most closely contested championships in the history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, with three riders separated by just five points in a winner-takes-all battle at Valencia in the last race of the season. The showdown was given extra “salsa” by the fact that all three contenders were Spanish: Luis Salom, Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins knowing that victory for any of them in front of their home crowd would be enough to secure the championship. Viñales had been a late arrival to the party, the KTM rider making up 20 points on his two compatriots in a dramatic penultimate round in Japan, where Salom and Rins both crashed out as their rival clinched his fourteenth podium from sixteen races so far in second place. Despite his unerring consistency (his only nonpodium finishes had been a fourth at Silverstone and a fifth at Sepang), Viñales had not actually won a race since the fourth round at Le Mans but he saved his best performance until last. After an early crash for Salom, Viñales overcame Rins in a thrilling fight to the final corner that saw him clinch the title and finally confirm the sensational potential he showed during his rookie 125cc campaign in 2011, when he took a maiden victory in only his fourth appearance.
As well as losing out to Viñales in that dramatic final corner, Rins was also beaten in the drag to the line at Valencia by Germany’s Jonas Folger but third place was enough to seal the runner-up spot in the championship and brought his podium record for the season to fourteen, including five wins, whilst Salom dropped to third in the championship with twelve podiums and seven victories. Another Spaniard, Alex Marquez was the only other race winner during 2013, the younger brother to MotoGP World Champion Marc taking his debut success at Motegi in a season completely dominated by KTM. The Austrian factory won every round, adding to four straight wins at the end of 2012, setting a new record for successive victories by a manufacturer in the history of the Moto3 and 125cc World Championships. Maverick Viñales – who is famously named after the character played by Tom Cruise in the film “Top Gun” – meanwhile becomes his country’s tenth winner of the minor category world title, joining such illustrious names as Angel Nieto, Jorge Martinez, Alex Criville, Emilio Alzamora, Dani Pedrosa, Alvaro Bautista, Julian Simon, Marc Marquez and Nico Terol.
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FIM Moto2 World Champion Born on 10 June 1991 in Granollers, Spain
POL COMES OF AGE After being the closest challenger to Marc Márquez’s dominance of the Moto2 World Championship with eight pole positions and four race victories in 2012, Spanish rider Pol Espargaró started the 2013 season as a clear title favourite – a billing he lived up to with victory in the opening round of the season in Qatar after an entertaining battle with Britain’s Scott Redding. Espargaró’s championship lead did not last long, however, a crash at the second round in Texas handing the initiative to Redding, who consolidated with a strong run of results that included his maiden Moto2 win at Le Mans - his country’s first in the intermediate class since Jeremy McWilliams in 2001 – backed up swiftly by his second in Barcelona. As usual in the extremely competitive Moto2 class the victories were spread out amongst a number of riders as the season progressed – Tito Rabat, Nico Terol, Jordi Torres and Mika Kallio all enjoying their maiden successes in the four-stroke format – but Redding’s third of the season in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone was a standout moment. A dominant performance in a race that Redding controlled from start to finish combined with eighth place for Espargaró and opened up a 38-point advantage for the Marc VDS rider at the top. With six races to go Redding was in a strong position to
become his country’s first World Champion at any level of Grand Prix road racing since Barry Sheene in 1977. However, Espargaró refused to give up the fight and with the pressure now off he returned to winning form in the next round at Misano. Now it was Redding who was riding on the defensive and consecutive podiums for his Spanish rival at Aragon and Sepang closed the gap still further. Then, during free practice for the next round at Phillip Island, a rare mistake by Redding left him with a broken wrist, his title dreams in tatters as Espargaró romped to an easy win in the race. Against all the odds Redding returned seven days later to race in Japan with a plate and screws in his wrist but a crash caused by another rider on the first lap also involved him and Tito Rabat – still an outside contender thanks to wins at Indianapolis and Sepang – and effectively ended their challenge for good. Espargaró took no chances and proved that he was a deserving World Champion with another superb ride to claim his sixth victory of the season and the title. The 22-year-old Spaniard becomes only the fourth Moto2 World Champion in history but the sixth Spaniard to win the intermediate class crown, joining Sito Pons, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Toni Elias and Marc Márquez.
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FIM MotoGP World Champion Born on 17 February 1993 in Cervera, Spain
A MARC OF DISTINCTION ! The retirement of Casey Stoner left a space in the Repsol Honda Team for 2013, giving HRC the ideal opportunity to launch a highly promising premier-class career with Marc Márquez alongside an experienced team-mate, Dani Pedrosa. It was a huge show of faith from the Japanese factory in a 20-year-old rookie but even they could not have imagined the return they would get on a prodigious talent that had already seen him crowned 125cc and Moto2 World Champion in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Márquez adapted fast to the RC213V machine during winter testing and demonstrated that he was not fazed by reputations in the opening round in Qatar, where he battled with Valentino Rossi for second place, eventually losing out to the Italian but finishing ahead of Pedrosa in third place, in a race won by Jorge Lorenzo. An historic maiden victory followed in round two at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where Márquez proved that he was more than a match for his rivals at a circuit where none of them had raced before in the process taking records away from Freddie Spencer as the youngest ever pole-sitter and race winner in MotoGP. Lorenzo and Pedrosa came back strongly but collarbone injuries for the pair at Assen and Sachsenring coincided with a return to winning form for Márquez, who leapt at the opportunity to top the championship with a run
of four straight victories at Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Brno. Lorenzo fought back with a stunning last-lap win over Márquez at Silverstone, where Pedrosa finished third - a top-three result that was repeated in Misano. Pedrosa’s title challenge was ended in the next round at Aragon, where contact with Márquez – already under pressure for his aggressive riding style – caused damage to his traction control cable and he crashed out. In Australia, a black flag for Márquez cost him his first opportunity to wrap up the title and gave Lorenzo an unexpected chance to take the fight to the wire. Back-to-back victories for Lorenzo in Australia and Japan set up a final showdown in the last race of the season at Valencia, although his hopes of retaining a crown rested on victory with Márquez finishing outside the top four. Lorenzo kept his side of the bargain with a stunning ride, blocking the field on the early laps in the hope that Márquez might be forced into a mistake, but the youngster showed the maturity of a deserving champion to bring his bike home safely in third place. In doing so Marc Márquez became just the fourth rider in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing to win world titles in three different categories after Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi. He is also the youngest ever rider to clinch the MotoGP title and the first rookie premier-class World Champion for 35 years. © Stan Perec 129
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