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2023 WSC Season provisional calendar announced
Hot on the heels of our earlier release in which we promised you some exciting news, comes the provisional calendar for the 2023 season.
Agreements have been reached to take our sport to no fewer than ten countries in a fourteen-round season. If we accept that Northern Ireland, whilst part of the UK, is another ocean crossing and effectively a different landmass, then we have eleven venues.
This is a massive step-up from recent times and is the result of a Herculean effort by the WSC team, the FIM and the various organisers across Europe.
It is particularly encouraging to see some great names and historic locations return, along with new countries welcoming the spectacular sport of Sidecar motocross for the first time.
We have now well and truly emerged from the shadow of the global crisis which blighted our lives for so long, and 2023 will be the first real opportunity to bring you a full-blown championship with all the thrills and drama that come with it.
Spain and Portugal set the ball rolling with back-to-back events at the end of March into April. Talavera de la Reina is our first port of call followed by a new name, that of Alqueidao, located north of Lisbon.
Then it’s off to the Czech Republic in early May where Loket and Kramolin are both vying for the action. A final decision is yet to be taken as to which venue will host round three.
The Netherlands is next up late May with Heerde negotiations well underway, followed by a much-welcomed return to Brou, in the first of two visits to France.
Then there are three rounds back-to-back, with a sensible and sympathetic geographic spread. June 10/11 sees a return to Lange in Estonia, with the following weekend heading west into Poland at Gdansk to a new track still to be confirmed, before a return to the sand of Lommel in Belgium to round out the month of June.
After a two-week break, it’s three more weekends on the trot starting with Strassbessenbach also still to be finally confirmed, one week before the first GP to be held in Northern Ireland since the inaugural FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship in 1980. The Whitehead track was the venue on that occasion, having also hosted the 1979 Championship round when it held European status. This time we will be at a new track in Red Brae.
Still in the UK with England as the host nation, arrangements are in the final stages to run at a new track for Grand Prix action. The date is set in stone and the organisers are still ironing out the detail, but an announcement is imminent.
After a summer breather of almost one month, battle is resumed in the Czech Republic at Kaplice, a popular and testing venue at the end of August.
Mid-September sees us back at the fantastic Rudersberg in Germany, scene of such a dramatic finale in 2022.
That honour of the deciding final round now falls to the magnificent Castelnau de Levis in France. We are truly thrilled to be going back in France with its huge spectator following and strong sidecar motocross traditions.
As always, the Nations team event falls in October, with Cingoli in Italy strong favourites to play host.
This list is impressive, and whilst there are one or two areas of detail still to be finalised, we can safely say this will be a busy, exciting and totally fulfilling season for all concerned.
BAX – CERMAK WORLD CHAMPIONS 2022
Race results Rudersberg: https://sidecarcross.com/2022/01/2022-gp7-rudersberg-germany/
Standing World Championship 2022 on: https://sidecarcross.com/2022/01/standing-worldchampionship-2022/
JAY PARTS Sidecarcross of Nations
Weekend full of sidecarcross and quadcross racing in the ultimate team competition!
Kaplice set for WSC Bax/Varik Battle Royal 3-4 September
The South Bohemian region in the Czech Republic is both beautiful and historic. Once part of the Austrian Empire, it has been disputed and fought over many times. There will be yet another battle taking place when the WSC Circus comes to town. The weekend of 3-4 September could well go down as the moment the fate of the 2022 World Championship was sealed.
Etienne Bax and Czech passenger Ondrej Cermak arrive in Kaplice for the penultimate round sixteen points behind Estonian Kert Varik and Finn Lari Kunnas. There is also a potential battle for third place as former Champions Marvin Vanluchene/Robbie Bax hunt down Gert Van Werven/Ben Van Den Bogaart. Expect to see a full complement of teams entered from many nations including new young sensations Daniels and Bruno Lielbardis from Latvia hoping to shake the establishment.
The same weekend will also see the conclusion of the EMX Quadcross Championship in which multiple champion Kevin Saar has had his crown firmly tugged by Norwegian Chris Tvaraen on more than one occasion. They resume battle in Kaplice.
All of this sets the scene for a fantastic weekend of sport and entertainment on an iconic track in the beautiful and welcoming Czech Republic.
Tickets for the weekend are now on sale through the ticket portal on www.fimsidecarcross.com with several offers including full family access.
Camping is available and there is evening entertainment for all.
Due to an agreement now in place courtesy of a Czech broadcasting organisation, the entire event qualifying, and race action will be offered on LIVE stream, with all details on the website.
This agreement will also continue when we arrive in Kramolin for the Sidecar and Quadcross of Nations at the end of September.
It has been a fascinating season for both classes, and we are guaranteed top-class racing. Make sure you join us in person, or if not, over the airwaves.
From Barry Nutley
Calendar update 19 July
The Czech event originally set to take place in Dalecin on 4 September will now be held in Kaplice.
Round Five in Czech Republic moves to Kaplice
Following the dramatic fourth round in Lange Estonia which saw Etienne Bax and Ondrej Cermak penalised ten places thereby losing them the series lead, all eyes were on the next round in Dalecin, Czech Republic.
With such a short six-round and twelve-race title chase for 2022, the chance for Bax/Cermak to make up those lost points depended on the full calendar being available.
Due to the difficulties of the global financial climate, local government issues and other factors outside the control of everyone, the planned fifth round in Dalecin cannot now proceed as intended.
Given the already shortened schedule and the added importance of seeing a worthy and meaningful championship chase, the team at WSC, the FIM and all involved parties urgently sought a replacement venue.
We are delighted to announce that the Kaplice motocross complex in South Bohemia, close to the Austrian border, has now undertaken to run the GP on the scheduled dates (September 3-4th). This is great news, and the result of a large degree of cooperation between all parties.
Round Five therefore is still on target, and we all eagerly to look forward to the usual warm welcome given by the Czech spectators and general public on what will be a crucial weekend for the defending champions and the new series leaders Kert Varik and Lari Kunnas.
WSC would like to thank all concerned for their assistance in this late change, and sincerely hope to be working with the Dalecin organisers in the future.
Keep an eye on WSC social media and here on www.fimsidecarcross.com for all the news/action as it occurs.
Loket in the Czech Republic gears up for round two May 21-22
Following the excitement of the season opener in Markelo, a full month away from action will have sharpened the instinct and desire of the eager teams.
Some notable names will be even more keen to make up lost ground, following incidents in Holland. Gert van Werven/Ben Van Den Bogaart will have had time for Gert to recover somewhat from his massive crash which brought out the red flag, whilst Koen Hermans has yet to get any points on the board. He was another in the wars, with concussion preventing him from taking part in the races.
Former champion Marvin Vanluchene trails the leaders by thirty-four points following retirement in race two, whilst Stuart Brown came away eighteenth in the standings.
All this will add to the drama in Loket, close to the old East German border where there is bound to be a huge local crowd plus an influx of fans from Germany.
Just eight points split the top two crews, with defending champion Etienne Bax, now with his Czech passenger Ondrej Cermak on maximum, trailed by the Estonian/Finnish duo of Kert Varik and Lari Kunnas.
Britain’s Brett Wilkinson has enjoyed his best start to a world campaign, travelling to Loket in third place partnered by the vastly experienced Joe Millard.
The EMX Quadcross Championship again takes to the stage, making for a busy weekend schedule. Once again the entire action will be streamed LIVE, with a dedicated highlights show covering all the action, reaction, and interviews across the weekend.
This will be another weekend to remember, with a happy Festival atmosphere, camping, VIP hospitality available and fun for all the family.
Admission ticket prices are as listed below:
|Adults – Weekend||€ 40,00|
|Adults – Saturday||€ 20,00|
|Adults – Sunday||€ 25,00|
|Junior (Age 12 – 18) – Weekend||€ 19,00|
|Junior (Age 12 – 18) – Saturday||€ 10,00|
|Junior (Age 12 – 18) – Sunday||€ 12,00|
|VIP – weekend (Food, Non-alcoholic drinks, Wine, Beer)||€ 110,00|
|VIP – Sunday (Food, Non-alcoholic drinks, Wine, Beer)||€ 80,00|
|Camping A/VIP (Paddock, Electricity, Toilet, Showers)||€ 40,00|
|Camping B||€ 15,00|
Tickets available in pre-sale: www.tickets-fimsidecarcross.com
Join us in Loket 21-22 May, and if you can’t, then keep up with the news as it happens on www.fimsidecarcross.com
Great seasons opening in Markelo, NED
Reigning champion Bax with Cermak stamps authority on Markelo with perfect score
After a six-month wait, the FIM World Sidecarcross Championship burst back into life, and what better way to kickstart the season by having a full grid of eager challengers, looking to make a mark on the 2022 season.
All results can be found on: https://sidecarcross.com/2022/01/2022-gp1-markelo-netherlands/
The standing is available on: https://sidecarcross.com/2022/01/standing-worldchampionship-2022/
Markelo poised to greet WSC Teams for new season April 23/24
Due east of Amsterdam lies the Markelo motocross complex. The typically deep, sandy track is set in picturesque woodland alongside a countryside residential park.
It has been the scene of many great events over decades, hosting all world championship classes several times in its illustrious history.
Once again it is the turn of the FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship to grace its challenging terrain as it returns to The Netherlands for the opening round over the weekend of April 23/24th.
All the familiar names line up for the opener with one or two absentees, but with some bright new talent preparing to flex their muscles and show what they can do.
Most of the sand specialists have already been in proper race action with the Dutch Championship three rounds in and counting. Stars emerging early in the season include Julian Veldman and Glenn Janssens, Reigning WSC Champion Etienne Bax now with Ondrej Cermak, and a rejuvenated Gert Van Werven/Ben van den Bogaart.
Determined not to be outdone, several British crews made those journeys, with new pairing Brett Wilkinson/Joe Millard looking very strong. The Brown dynasty is back in business and will be giving it their all in Markelo, as Jake gets to grips with the experienced Paul Horton, and Stuart Brown again enjoys the company of Josh Chamberlain. Another team staying together, who will surely benefit from their fifth place in the 2021 standings are Estonian hardman Kert Varik with the brilliant Finn Lari Kunnas. They became stronger as the short season unfolded and will be hungry for more.
Despite all the challenges posed by two years of pandemic disruption, entries are strong, with a full grid entered for Markelo.
All the teams are champing at the bit to get underway, each with the knowledge that just seven rounds and fourteen races will allow no margin for error or zero scores.
This new season is shaping up to be yet another brilliant year of sidecar motocross with live TV planed at all rounds, and the potential of a new name sitting on top of the pile.
You can catch all the news and race updates on www.fimsidecarcross.com as we gear up to bring you the most spectacular motorsport on the planet as it happens.
From Barry Nutley
Seven rounds ahead and season kicks in Markelo
Despite the ravages of two years global pandemic, and more recently a catastrophic conflict involving Ukraine, the WSC team, along with support and cooperation with the FIM and local organisers, have now pieced together a concrete timetable for 2022.
Seven rounds, each with two races, will give fourteen points scoring chances in line with the classic format established over the long history of the sport.
The entry list is strong, with a full list of regular and committed teams eager to get back to a full season of competition. Qualifying races on Saturday along with the traditional last chance race, will ensure a full line-up for the two GP races on Sunday.
The EMX Quad Championship will participate in four of the rounds, bringing their welcome brand of motocross to the live television audience.
Whilst teams and the WSC promoters were hoping to hold upwards of ten rounds, the uncertain events across Europe and the shadow of Covid still hanging over the world, made for a nervous climate.
Several organisers were hesitant about the investment risk, and potential last-minute cancellation.
Nonetheless, the calendar is a strong one, and as we go into this new season with a huge sigh of relief, we must all be mindful of our friends and colleagues in Ukraine, where the Bucha facility has been destroyed. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine and wish them all hope and success to return to hosting their next Grand Prix.
Reigning and former champions again line up to do battle, with some Notable passenger changes.
Meanwhile the work goes on ahead of the opening round in Markelo to ensure the new season goes with a bang.
Final dates are as published.
Statement – FIM SidecarCross World Championship
In light of the current situation in Ukraine, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) together with APO Multimedia, the promoter of the FIM SidecarCross World Championship respectively confirm the cancellation of the event initially scheduled in Bucha-Kiev, Ukraine on 26 June 2022.
The FIM and the APO Multimedia warmly thank the local organiser for their efforts for the preparation of the Ukrainian round. The motorcycling community stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
FIM & APO Multimedia
Provisional calendar 2022
Since the 2021 season closer in Oss, the WSC team, the FIM and circuit organisers across Europe have been frantically busy working on a full season for 2022. The provisional results of that effort are potentially a ten-round World Championship embracing at least three exciting new venues and organisers, including an eagerly awaited return to the UK in Northern Ireland.
Whilst the cloud of Covid-19 still hangs over mainland Europe, with several countries still lagging in their mass vaccination programmes, the clear evidence is that once those measures are fully implemented, the pandemic will be being managed, and to a large degree controlled. Hopes are therefore high that a full season of top-class racing will happen as planned.
There has been much discussion as to the format of the race weekend, and it was generally felt that if a smaller number of GP’s were to be scheduled (seven or less) then three points scoring races, as were implemented in 2021 would be preferable. If, however, there were to be ten or more GP’s on the table, then it would be possible to revert to the two-race format, and the usual qualifying race on Saturday. Either way, twenty or more races for points would happen. There were mixed views in and around the paddock as to which format should be used. That firm decision will be made as and when the final calendar is set in stone. Final details on France and Ireland are still underway and will be advised in due course.
All dates are provisional, based on the global situation remaining stable, with no radical changes in legislation between countries. The proposed calendar is listed as follows:
24/25 September – Sidecarcross and Quadcross of European Nations in Kramolin, Czech Republic.
1st Youngster Quad & Sidecarcross Experience
during GP in Oss
The first Youngster Quads & Sidecarcross Experience was taken place during the Grand Prix of Oss.
With this unique collaboration of these beautiful branches of motorsport, initiated from the KNMV and picked up by WSC-Sidecarcross and Benjo Kellerman of Kellerman Quads Training, the intention is to enthuse and broadly promote young quad and sidecarcross racers.
It is important to give these two sports a lot of exposure to young people. The youngsters/youth riders of both disciplines know each other from the joint Quads and Sidecarcross competitions in the Dutch National Championships and ONKs.
Hopefully this meeting for the youngest riders will be a further development in that process.
Therefor we like to promote this concept all over Europe.
If you (organiser/federation/individual) are interested to develop this campaign in your country, just leave us a message.
A short footage of our experience in the clip below.
BAX-MUSSET World Champions 2021
Final standing 2021 (top-10)
|1.||82||Etienne Bax-Nicolas Musset||NED-FRA||WSP-Zabel||264|
|2.||2||Marvin Vanluchene-Robbie Bax||BEL-NED||WSP-Zabel||259|
|3.||31||Julian Veldman-Ondrej Cermak||NED-CZE||CPD-MEGA||241|
|4.||3||Koen Hermans-Glenn Janssens||NED-BEL||WSP-Husqvarna||207|
|5.||6||Kert Varik-Lari Kunnas||EST-FIN||WSP-Husqvarna||186|
|6.||111||Daniel Willemsen-Rodolphe Lebreton||NED-FRA||WSP-Zabel||140|
|7.||14||Justin Keuben-Dion Rietman||NED-NED||VMC-Zabel||135|
|8.||75||Tim Leferink-Konstantinas Beleckas||NED-LTU||VMC-Husqvarna||120|
|9.||25||Lucas Cerny-Bastien Chopin||CZE-FRA||WSP-JAWA||104|
|10.||99||Thom van de Lagemaat-Robbe de Veene||NED-BEL||WSP-Zabel||93|
All results on: https://sidecarcross.com/2021/08/2021-gp4-oss-netherlands/
Complete final standing on:https://sidecarcross.com/2021/08/standing-worldchampionship-2021/
Oss in the Netherlands awaits gripping WSC finale
The Sidecar Motocross World Championship has rarely seen such a close finish as we potentially have going into the final round in Oss, Netherlands over the weekend of 16-17 October.
Just four points separate the top three teams, but only one of those teams has yet to win a title. That is the Dutch/Czech pairing of Julian Veldman and Ondrej Cermak. The dynamic duo saved the best ‘til last in Kramolin, winning the third and final race and gaining a one-point lead in the standings. In doing so, they took the red plate from Marvin Vanluchene and Robbie Bax.
The 2018 champion, by his own admission, was not at his best in the previous round, so will be acutely aware he needs to be on top form in the sand of Oss.
The big winners last weekend, Etienne Bax and Nicolas Musset sit third, but still have both eyes on title retention. Bax has been one of the first to acknowledge the improvement in Julian Veldman in terms of reliability and consistency. Bax has also hit peak form again at the right time, so with three races on the card, he has every reason to be optimistic.
Vanluchene has a clear objective, and with one of the best passengers in the sport alongside, he knows he must raise his game in Holland.
Mathematically, three others are still in the hunt. Kert Varik/Lari Kunnas have moved fourth, forty-three points off the lead, but nine points ahead of an improving Koen Hermans/Glenn Janssens, with Daniel Willemsen/Rodolphe Lebreton a further two points back.
Justin Keuben is the best of the rest going into Oss and whilst Dion Rietman did a sterling job in Kramolin, Keuben will be expecting Niki Debruyne back on the platform.
This truncated four-round season is far from normal, but nothing is very normal this year, so twelve epic races is what we will have been treated to in 2021, and it looks like being the closest race to the gold medal in history.
Is this the year we see a new name collecting that medal, or will a former champion team claw it back again? Everything will be revealed after next Sunday.
All the qualifying and race action will be live streamed over the weekend, with the usual highlights show following hot on its heels. Oss is the only place to be next weekend if you are a sidecar motocross fan.
More ACTION from Kramolin!
After so long being subjected to restrictions on our freedom, and curtailment of other privileges, this weekend in Kramolin gives everyone the perfect excuse to get out an enjoy the magnificent Czech countryside.
#VisitCzechRepublic our partner in the third GP of 2021 extend a warm welcome to you to come and share the atmosphere and immerse yourselves in what will be a terrific festival of motocross for three and four wheels.
Three points-scoring races each round certainly spices up the championship chase and we now have the top three crews split by just seventeen points.
Marvin Vanluchene and Robbie Bax held onto the red plate, but only just.
We are witnessing the most consistent and mature season so far from Julian Veldman/Ondřej Čermák. Since pairing up in the closed period, the young duo trained as often as they could in Čermák’s homeland, scene of the next GP.
A stumbling start to the year left reigning champions Etienne Bax/Nicolas Musset playing catch-up, but they delivered in Estonia in style with two wins putting them well on track for Kramolin.
There has also been a strong showing from Estonian Kert Varik. He and his Finnish passenger Lari Kunnas, sit fourth, a mere nine points ahead of Daniel Willemsen/Rodolf Lebreton. The multiple champion is at the head of a group of Dutch crews which includes a new young talent in the shape of seventeen-year-old Tim Leferink and his Lithuanian passenger Kostas Beleckas.
Leferink sits between established names in the table, behind Koen Hermans and ahead of Justin Keuben.
The academy for young teams in the Netherlands has yielded some great riders, among them Julian Veldman, and he has visibly come of age this year.
The return to the Czech Republic will once again see the very best TV streaming facilities across the entire weekend, along with the best spectator experience due in large part to the involvement of #VisitCzechRepublic, a branch of the Czech Tourist board.
The non-stop weekend begins with free practice at 10:00 on Saturday and closes with the awards presentation at 17:00 on Sunday.
Camping facilities are available with the true party atmosphere always guaranteed at Kramolin.
To guarantee your camping place, and to purchase your admission ticket, WSC strongly advises you to visit the WSC website www.fimsidecarcross.com and review all of the options available.
More information on official ticket pricing available on https://bit.ly/2WNnsb9
To enter the event you have to proof one of the following COVID documents: proof of vaccination, evidence of COVID in last 180 days, PCR test (no older than 7 days), POC (anti-gen) no older than 72 hours. COVID LAB point will be available on-site as well. Antigen test (POC) will be priced approximately around 8 EUR per test.
WSC HIGHLIGHTS TV SHOW
Oss round postponed
With great sadness we have to announce that FIM, WSC together with local organizers and KNMV are forced to postpone GP Oss from 18-19 of September to 16-17 October due to local restrictions.
See updated calendar below:
LIVE STREAM from Jinin
WSC Live TV offer for Jinin round one
To add to what is already guaranteed to be a fantastic weekend, the sidecars welcome the EMX Quad Championship to their stage.
This entire extravaganza will be broadcast LIVE across the weekend utilising the skill and professionalism of O2 TV Productions, via the very best secured transmission software, DACAST servers and ultra-high-tech secure Inplayer .
Register and view the LIVE TV on: