MX & Off Road Notes



FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championships & FIM Enduro World Cup

Rule changes and 2018 provisional calendars

Following meetings between the manufacturers, teams and riders engaged in the FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championships, the FIM and the Championship Promoter ABC Communication have decided to make changes to the rules that will be applied from 2018 to encourage the participation of the greatest possible number of riders and teams.



? Enduro 1 (E1): Up to 250cc 2 stroke and 4 stroke

? Enduro 2 (E2): 250+ cc 4 stroke up to 450cc 4 stroke

? Enduro 3 (E3): 250+ cc 2 stroke and 450+ cc 4 stroke

? EnduroGP: Rankings based on overall standings (E1-E2-E3)

Starting order: 1st to 15th in inverse order of the provisional rankings.


JUNIORS – Age limit 23 years

Creation of Junior 1 and Junior 2 categories:

? Junior 1 (J1): Up to 250 cc 2 stroke and 4 stroke – Title: FIM Enduro Junior 1 World Cup

? Junior 2 (J2): 250+ cc 2 stroke and 4 stroke – Title: FIM Enduro Junior 2 World Cup

In order to encourage more young riders to take part in the Junior and Youth 125cc categories, it has been decided that the final rankings will take into account the 10 best results in Junior 1 & Junior 2 and the 8 best results in Youth 125cc.

The FIM Junior Enduro World Champion will be decided based on the overall rankings of the Junior 1 and Junior 2 categories.

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Several organisational changes will be applied from 2018:

? Wednesday evening before the event: Distribution of timetables, time sheets and itineraries.

? Thursday morning: Opening of the paddock to the teams.

? Friday night after the Super Test: Motorcycles will be placed in the parc fermé.








17-18 March

Helsinki – Päijänne*





27-29 April

Santiago de Compostela






04-06 May

Castelo Branco






01-03 June







30 June

The Wall (Arco di Trento)**




TBA July







31 August-02 September







22-23 September

Hawkstone Park*** (TBC)






12-14 October









The FIM is proud to welcome MICHELIN as one of the main partners of the 92nd edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro taking place in Brive-la-Gaillarde from 28 August to 2 September, just a stone’s throw from the headquarters of the brand represented by the famous MICHELIN Man known as Bibendum. 800 riders, professional and amateur, from some 30 countries will be competing over the 1500 kms of track in the various races featuring on the programme of this emblematic competition.

MICHELIN is one of the leaders in the world tyre market thanks in part to its many technical innovations. In the off-road segment, the famous Bib Mousse, invented in 1983, was certainly a major benchmark.

The ISDE, the most venerable off-road motorcycling competition in the world, has come a long way since its creation in 1903. However, the essence of this very tough competition, which tests the reliability of motorcycles and the endurance of riders, has remained unchanged over the years.

In 2017, MICHELIN ushered in a major development on the Enduro market with the launch of its new Enduro range. At the FIM ISDE in Brive, MICHELIN will be offering the participants a world exclusive! They will be the first to have the chance to reserve the new tyres and will benefit from a special offer.

Moreover, all the ISDE riders entered in the Club Team Award category will be able to join in the MICHELIN Challenge, immediately and free of charge, to try and win a special MICHELIN prize and a set of tyres.


After the signature of the contract, FIM CEO Steve Aeschliman said: “We are happy to confirm the signature of the contract with MICHELIN, whose competition record is impressive. The FIM is looking to create synergies with reliable partners in order to be able to offer the participants high-quality products and services. We are confident that an Enduro event of the stature of the FIM ISDE will be the ideal setting for introducing the new MICHELIN Enduro range to the public and the participants alike.”

Michelin 2-wheels Motor Sport Manager Piero Taramasso said of the deal: “MICHELIN is proud to be a partner of the FIM ISDE in Brive where the world’s greatest Enduro experts will be converging. This legendary event is the perfect opportunity for us to announce the launch of a new Enduro range that our engineers have been working on for 4 years using Michelin’s latest technologies and innovations.”

MICHELIN sets out to improve its clients’ mobility in a sustainable way. Leader in the tyres sector, Michelin designs, manufactures and distributes tyres tailored to their needs and uses as well as services and solutions to improve the mobility efficiency. Through its offers, MICHELIN also gives its clients the chance to experience special moments when they travel. Moreover, MICHELIN develops high-tech materials for the mobility industry. Based in Clermont-Ferrand, Michelin is present in 170 countries, employs 111 700 people and operates 68 plants in 17 countries which together produced 187 million tyres in 2016 (


Mrs Isabelle Larivière | Communications Manager |


The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 113 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.


Tony Cairoli dominates the MXGP race and extends his lead in the rankings. Jeremy Seewer wins the MX2.

Maser (TV), 26 June, 2017 –
It was a great weekend on the Ottobiano racetrack (Pavia), which culminated with a Sunday of races that was nothing less than perfect for Sidi and their champions. The GP of Lombardy counted as round 11 in the 2017 motocross World Series. The star of the show was none other than the number one in world class motocross, Tony Cairoli (Ktm). The truth is all in the results. It was a perfect weekend for Cairoli: pole position and a double whammy, with victory in both race1 and race2, which meant victory in the MXGP Grand Prix; a “heavy” result which keeps Tony in possession the red card as leader of the overall standings in the World Series, where he commands with 431 points, extending his lead even further over his closest rivals, Paulin in second place (with 364 points) and Desalle in third (with 361 points). For Tony Cairoli & Sidi the ride to the title number 9 continues…

Not only that; Sidi riders performed as matadors in the MX2 competition as well, where victory went to Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki), who was first in race 1 and second in race 2, and American Thomas Covington(Husqvarna) made it to the third step on the podium. Seewer is currently second in the MX2 World Series general standings.

In addition to the results on the track, there was also a spectacular show going on in the paddock, with all the stars from team Sidi taking turns at the Sidi stand for the entire weekend to pose for pictures and sign autographs for the throngs of adoring fans who came out to see their idols. Of course, Tony Cairoli was inundated by a sea of people as he joined Sidi in presenting the new CROSSFIRE 3 SRS TC222 LIMITED EDITION; this is his boot, the boot of champions, now produced by Sidi in a special limited edition available for all enthusiasts in the best motorcycling accessory stores.

The battle for the World Title isn’t over yet.

Maser (Treviso), 29 August, 2016 – The great Tony Cairoli is back! And the results speak for themselves. As proof of his current top form after a beginning of the season that started entirely uphill, Tony Cairoli (Ktm) followed up his lovely victory in the Swiss GP by coming in second, right behind Belgium’s Desalle, in the Dutch GP of MXGP that took place on Sunday on the artificial racetrack built within the Assen speedway. After the 4th place in race1 Cairoli won with a great performance the race2. And another Sidi rider graced the third podium of this race; Holland’s Glenn Coldenhoff (Ktm), who put in a fine performance to come in third in both race1 and race2.

With two races to go to the finish, and 100 points still available, the Sicilian rider hopes to make an amazing comeback. From here to the end it will be a compelling duel between Cairoli and Gajser, with Germany’s Nagl out of the running at this point. As always, as he vies for what could be his 9th World Title, Tony Cairoli can count on his ever faithful Crossfire2 boots, the number one models in Sidi Sport’s off-road collection, which are unbeatable on any terrain and in any conditions. It’s going to be a compelling and exciting season finale, definitely one to watch.

In the MX2 class, Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) had a day that could best be forgotten. Up until now he had been having a brilliant season, which consistently saw him as a major figure on the podium. Nonetheless, at Assen American Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) fortunately managed to keep the Sidi colours waving high by winning race1.

And this year’s WMX adventure came to a close right here at Assen. Among the women Livia Lancelot took home the title; but Sidi can celebrate anyway with a prime second place in the final World class rankings from Holland’s Nancy Van de Ven (Yamaha). Van de Ven closed out the season by winning race2 at Assen. Meanwhile, after 4 consecutive titles, this year the other Sidi star, Kiara Fontanesi (Honda), had to cede her crown of motocross Queen to Lancelot after finishing race1 in second place on Saturday.

Our own New Zealand MX star Courtney Duncan spoiled the party a bit by winning the first race by 35 seconds & second in the second race after leading by over 30 seconds, but a hang up towards the end of the race dropped her back to finish 5 seconds behind the leader, but she nevertheless won the the event overall.

One wonders what would have happened if that photographer standing on the track in Germany that Courtney hit & sustained injuries, causing her to miss 3 rounds of the series, whether the overall result would have been quite different. But 5th overall in the Womens World Championship is still excellent. 


MXGP: Cairoli wins. MX2: Anstie first and Seewer second. WMX: Nancy Van de Ven third.

What they forgot to say was the FIM World Championship Womens GP on the day was won by Kiwi Courtenay Duncan, who was probably wearing gum boots but still won!

Maser (Treviso), 08 August, 2016 – The Swiss debut on the motocross world circuit has been marked by Tony Cairoli (Ktm). On the Frauenfeld racetrack the Sicilian champion took home the Grand Prix for the 15th stage in the 2016 World Championship Series, beating his rivals Tim Gajser and Romain Febvre.

This might have been a bit of an unfortunate season for him, but Tony Cairoli is always a force to be reckoned with, and when he has a good day no one can stop him. There couldn’t have been a better occasion for Cairoli to make it back to the highest step on the podium, wearing his ever reliable Sidi Crossfire2 boots, of course.

In Switzerland Cairoli, in the MXGP race, entertained the crowd and himself as he won the event in his customary way, taking on the two stars of the current season in a beautiful head-to-head. In race1 Tony won by staying in command from the first lap to the last. Race2 was a little more unlucky, but Tony eked out a fifth place that was enough to win him the race with a 4 point advantage over Gajser.

Sidi was also a major player in the MX2, with their two champions pulling off another fantastic double, just like in Belgium: Max Anstie (Husqvarna) came in first and Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) was second. Of course, as the hometown favourite, Seewer really wanted to win in his native Switzerland, since he is still in the running for the World title while Jeff Herlings remains on the side-lines recovering from an injury. However, right now Britain’s Anstie really seems to be unstoppable. Now the MX2 world rankings show Herlings hanging on to his lead with 597 points, but Seewer is just 43 points behind him at 554.

Sidi was also a major figure in the women’s field. In the WMX Holland’s Nancy Van De Ven (Yamaha), came in third in both race1 and race2, making it to the third step on the podium for the Swiss GP, while Italian Kiara Fontanesi (Honda) came in second in race1 but fourth in race2, just shy of the final podium.

And Courtenay Duncan from New Zealand overall 1st place & top step of the podium but obviously not wearing Sidi boots!


JANUARY 25, 2016: The wins just keep coming for Bay of Plenty motocross ace Cody Cooper.


The 32-year-old New Zealand MX1 champion was simply too powerful for his rivals at the weekend's annual King of the Mountain (KoM) motocross in Taranaki, the man from Mount Maunganui taking his Honda Racing Team CRF450F to four wins from four starts, winning the MX1 class outright and also winning the all-important King of the Mountain all-capacities feature race from which the event gets its name.


Fresh from winning the MX1 class at the Waikato Motocross Championships in November, the Auckland Motocross Championships in December and the Honda Summercross, in Whakatane just after Christmas, Cooper was heavily favoured to win despite it being his first appearance at the KoM event on Sunday.


And he certainly lived up to his star billing.


Cooper was never headed all day and, although the track was becoming "quite risky" late in the afternoon and, even with the MX1 class win by then already in his pocket and vital races coming up in the next few weeks, he was still prepared to accept the challenge and line up for the day's final feature race at the steep Barrett Road circuit.


He led the feature from start to finish, crossing the line ahead of Queenstown's former national MX2 champion and last year's KoM winner Scott Columb, with two-time former KoM winner Brad Groombridge, of Taupo, claiming third place.


"I tried to ride within my comfort zone because I didn't want to risk too much with some big races coming up, like the Honda New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville next weekend and the (four-round) nationals after that," said Cooper.


"But Scotty (Columb) really pushed me. He was right there (behind me) and I had to go outside my comfort zone a bit today. The track was slippery and getting quite chopped up at the end. It was pretty sketchy out there.


"The tyres I was using today had already been used a bit. I raced with the same tyres at Summercross, so they had lost their sharp edge and that made things difficult for me. But I have been trying to become mentally stronger and ride around any problems I have like that.


"I did feel strong today and I think I'm ready for Woodville and the nationals."


Winner of the junior King of the Mountain title was 16-year-old Stratford rider Sam Cleland.


Class winners on Sunday were Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper (MX1); Mangakino's Kayne Lamont (MX2); Ngatea's Ben Broad (National 125/under-21); Otago's Courtney Duncan (Women); Inglewood's Larry Blair (Vets over-35); Wellington's Glen Woods (Vets over-45); Morrinsville's Brendon Mcaskie (MX3); Masterton's Camden Butler (Junior 14-16 years 250cc); Matamata's Brodie Connolly (Junior 12-14 years 125cc and 14-16 years 85cc classes); Palmerston North's Toby Winiata (Junior 12-13 years 85cc); Pukekohe's Coleman Brydon (Junior 8-11 years 85cc); New Plymouth's Jesse Wickham (Junior 8-11 years 65cc).


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Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


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