ITALY AWAITS 2020 FIM ISDE

This year’s FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) might only have come to a close but plans are already in place for next year’s race to take place in Italy.

For what will be the ninety-fifth edition of the FIM’s longest-running motorcycle race, the 2020 FIM ISDE will be held in Rivanazzano Terme in northern Italy from 31 August to 5 September.

A nation rich in Enduro heritage, Italy last held the FIM ISDE in 2013 on the island of Sardinia.

In 2020, it will be the Apennies region of Lombardy and Piedmont that will showcase the beauty of the country to off-road motorcycling enthusiasts from around the World. For race week Rivanazzano Terme’s air strip will turn into the headquarters for this iconic race.

Its buildings will offer full facilities to organisers and the World’s attending media, while the runaway itself will provide a spacious and hard standing working environment for all competing nations.

There will also be room for a separate three-hundred-pitch camping area to accommodate competitors and spectators alike.

From Rivanazzano Terme’s air strip the race will lead riders out into the surrounding Apennies mountain region each day, with three unique courses to test both the World’s best Enduro riders and courageous amateurs.

As per tradition, the competition will sign off with a Motocross race on day six at Ottobiano Motorsport.

With the circuit previously hosting the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship it will ensure a fitting and spectacular ending to the 2020 FIM ISDE.

“This is the fulfillment of a dream, of a project which has taken shape during the races we have organized over the last years – affirmed Valter Carbone on behalf of the Organizing Committee – I have accepted the challenge together with Giorgio Bandoli and Edoardo Zucca and we will make every effort to achieve excellent results. I want to thank Federazione Motociclistica Italiana for the trust it has shown by assigning us this prestigious task and I also thank the administrators and authorities from Piedmont and Lombardy for the continuous support: they have supported us since the beginning of this project and they continue to trust in its progress and realization.”

The President FMI Giovanni Copioli added: “Italy is one of the countries, where the Enduro tradition is still strong and we can only be excited to host such a prestigious competition in our territory. Moto Club Alfieri and Moto Club Pavia have gained extensive experience in organizing events and I am certain that, also thanks to the collaboration of the other associations involved, they will carry out a great job. Local authorities, some of which participated in the presentation conference, are showing great sensitivity towards this event, which is extremely relevant to Piedmont, Lombardy and more”.

The FIM President Jorge Viegas concluded: “I would like to warmly thank the Italian Motorcycling Federation, the organising committee and all the stakeholders who will host this iconic Enduro race once again. Strengthened by its passion and its experience, Italy is preparing an unforgettable edition in a region rich in Enduro heritage. I wish everyone the best for the coming weeks, the organisation of such a competition is a huge challenge on many different levels. See you on 15 January for pre-registrations at fim-isde.com.”

RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING SIGN MANUEL LETTENBICHLER

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are pleased to announce the signing of 2019 WESS Enduro World Champion Manuel Lettenbichler. The 21-year-old German joins the factory team with immediate effect as part of a two-year deal for 2020 and 2021.

Lettenbichler has recently completed his most successful season to date, with the young German clinching the 2019 WESS Enduro World Championship title following a winning ride at the final round of the series, the GetzenRodeo.

Throughout 2019 Lettenbichler established himself as one of the world’s leading enduro competitors. With victories at Red Bull Romaniacs and GetzenRodeo, plus podium results at Extreme XL Lagares, Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble and the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, he achieved a total of seven top-five results from eight championship starts, on route to securing his debut WESS world title.

Additionally, Mani added further silverware to his 2019 trophy cabinet by winning the AMA Extreme Offroad Grand Championship when he became the first non-American rider to win the Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro.

Mani first switched to extreme enduro in 2014 aged just 16 after securing his fifth German Youth Trials Championship. Quick to show promise, he became the youngest-ever finisher at the Erzbergrodeo, Red Bull Sea to Sky and GetzenRodeo, all during his debut season. In 2016 he convincingly won the FIM SuperEnduro Junior World Championship with 15 race wins from 18 starts.

A debut international enduro podium result at the inaugural round of the World Enduro Super Series in 2018 was followed up by two further podium results at Erzbergrodeo and Red Bull Romaniacs. These performances established the then KTM privateer as one of the championship’s leading contenders.

Mani’s approachable and friendly attitude has meant he’s quickly become a firm favourite with enduro fans around the world, and is now one of the most exciting, entertaining and professional enduro prospects.

Lettenbichler joins Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Jonny Walker, Josep Garcia and Nathan Watson for 2020, where he’ll aim to successfully defend his WESS Enduro World Championship crown. Additionally, the young German will also contest selected AMA U.S. Extreme Offroad events.

Manuel Lettenbichler: “I’m really excited to join Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for 2020 and beyond. I’ve ridden KTM motorcycles since I started in enduro but joining the factory team really feels like the next chapter of my career is really beginning now. They are a team I’ve looked up to for a long time. We’ve worked closely together during the last two years, so I know how professional they are and I’m excited to make this an even closer relationship. I’m looking forward to the season ahead and know that racing to defend my title will be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to get started.”

Fabio Farioli – KTM Enduro Team Manager: “We’re really looking forward to working with Mani in 2020 and beyond. What he’s achieved to date in his young racing career is outstanding. Through hard work and unrelenting determination, he’s rapidly risen to the top of enduro. Delivering race wins and podium results in all disciplines of the sport shows his strengths as a complete rider. Together with his enthusiasm and professional approach I’m sure we will go on to achieve many more great moments together.”

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