BILLY BOLT CROWNED 2022 SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPION

HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S BRITISH STAR CLINCHES THE 2022 FIM SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THE SERIES IN GERMANY
Delivering yet another showstopping performance, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt has successfully defended his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship crown thanks to a victorious result at the penultimate round of the season in Germany. Winning all three races, plus SuperPole qualification, he simply dominated the proceedings from start to finish. Rising to the fore in Riesa, teammate Colton Haaker made it a Husqvarna 1-2 on the night’s overall podium. Claiming three seconds place finishes, Haaker also moves to second overall in the championship chase.

As winner of all three rounds of the 2022 season to date, Bolt arrived at the penultimate stop in Germany with a healthy 50-point lead in the championship and with the potential to wrap up the title one round early.

Quick to get going, the Brit set a blisteringly fast time in SuperPole to top the qualification by almost one-and-a-half seconds from Haaker. From the drop of the gate in race one, Bolt led the way on his FE 350. Gaining time on the highly technical rock climb, he pulled further and further from his rivals to win by 23 seconds.

Unfazed by the reversed start order for race two, Billy calmly set about his business. Ending lap one in seventh, he then moved his way into the top-four. Up to second, Bolt then found a way past Haaker with two laps to go to take the lead and ultimately the race win.

Knowing a win in race three could seal the world title, Billy set about doing exactly that. Quickly out front, he led all but one of the nine laps. A small mistake midway allowed those behind to close up, but with composure resumed, Bolt raced ahead to win the race and with it successfully defend his SuperEnduro crown.

For Haaker, the penultimate round of the series saw the American deliver his best result of the season to date. Up for the challenge, he hit the ground running in Riesa, taking second in SuperPole.

Enjoying the course, Colton put in a confident ride in race one, moving into second on lap two and holding it for the remainder of the race. Race two saw him lead the majority of proceedings. Holding station out front, he fought hard to keep teammate Bolt at bay. But with two laps to go Billy found a way through and Colton had to settle for second.

In the third and final race, Colton sat in third, but with his eyes focused on second place. Pushing for all his worth, he made a pass stick to take the position on the final lap and with it secure the runner-up place on the overall podium. With his strong performance, Colton now moves into second overall in the championship with just one round remaining in Riesa tomorrow night.

The 2022 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship concludes with round five in Riesa, Germany on March 20.

Billy Bolt: “I’m lost for words. I didn’t get to have this winning moment the first time around, so it’s brilliant to have it here in Germany tonight. It makes it feel that much more real, you know. I knew it was possible to win the title one round early here in Germany, but I was trying not to think about that. I just wanted to enjoy my riding and see what would happen. I felt good on the track and didn’t push past where I felt my limits were. To be a two-time SuperEnduro World Champion is incredible, but it’s very much a team effort too within Husqvarna, my family, and friends. We’ve one more race tomorrow, so we can’t celebrate too much tonight!”

Colton Haaker: “It’s been the best round of the season so far going 2-2-2 for second overall. Second in points now with one round to go, which is cool. But I’m finding it a bit tough to be honest. I’m fighting arm pump a lot and after about three laps I’m almost in survival mode. I feel like there’s more to give. I’m trying to stay positive and work to be better. Tomorrow is the last round so I want to give it my best shot and end it on a high.”

Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 4

Prestige Event Classification
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63pts, 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 53pts; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 45pts…

Prestige Race 1
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:26.921; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:49.865; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 8:12.759…

Prestige Race 2
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:28.730; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:37.937; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 7:51.120…

Prestige Race 3
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:38.575; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:45.317; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 7:46.502…

Championship Standings (After round 4)
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 249pts; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 181pts; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 181pts…

FIM ISDE Pre-registration is now open

We are delighted to announce that pre-registration is now open for the 2022 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE), which will be held at Le Puy en Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.

Interested parties – riders and teams – should make immediate contact with their respective national federations, taking note that the pre-registration will close on 31 March 2022.

The event route has now been confirmed with an average altitude of one thousand metres, rising to one thousand four hundred metres at its highest points, illustrating just one of the challenging elements of this year’s ISDE. The course will incorporate thirteen different special tests – with five tests from this selection being used per day, along with five-time checks / service areas. Some of the service areas will be repeated, with a maximum of three different ones being used on any one day to help reduce logistical costs for the teams.

More than six hundred and fifty riders from over thirty countries are expected to descend on France later this year for the ninety-sixth edition of the ISDE, with the home nation are anticipating to be joined by the dominant forces of Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the USA, to name but a few. The French edition will appeal to all motorcycle fans and to a wider audience as well, through the presence of the top enduro riders in the World. More information regarding riders and teams will be revealed in mid-April once the pre-registration process has been completed. So save the date!

As per previous editions, to assist riders with their logistics, a full range of racing services from the major manufactures and other parties will be confirmed in due course. This will include motorcycle rental, logistical support, spare parts and professional staff with a huge ISDE experience to make sure competitors can concentrate on their riding and can enjoy the best possible sporting adventure.

Demand for this year’s ISDE is high, with accommodation in Le Puy en Velay already full booked and neighbouring towns also reporting reduced availability at this early stage. With this in mind, riders and teams are advised to book their accommodation as soon as possible.

For everything you need to know about the 2022 FIM ISDE: fim-isde.com

HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES SIGNS MIKAEL PERSSON FOR 2022 ENDUROGP ASSAULT

FORMER 125CC ENDURO YOUTH CUP WORLD CHAMPION TO COMPETE IN ENDURO3 FOR HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING

Husqvarna Factory Racing is pleased to confirm the signing of experienced enduro racer and former 125cc Enduro Youth Cup World Champion Mikael Persson for the 2022 season. Returning full-time to world championship competition following a number of years away from the series, Mikael will compete in the Enduro3 class on a TE 300i.

A dominant junior competitor on the EnduroGP World Championship scene back in 2015, in recent years Mikael has focused on competing in his national championship in Sweden. Winning the Swedish Enduro Championship in 2018, 2019, and 2021, Mikael also claimed victory in Sweden’s two most prestigious standalone events last year – Gotland Grand National and Novemberkasan.

In addition to his impressive national results, Mikael topped the Enduro1 class at the 2021 International Six Days Enduro in Italy while also finishing third overall, competing at the top of the results throughout the week-long event.

Mikael will ride as Husqvarna Motorcycles’ sole official EnduroGP competitor, and will join Billy Bolt in the team who will race in both the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship and FIM Hard Enduro World Championship for Husqvarna Factory Racing.

The FIM EnduroGP World Championship starts with round one in Lalin, Spain on May 6-8.

Mikael Persson: “I’m very, very happy to get this opportunity to return to the EnduroGP World Championship, especially with Husqvarna. As a Swede, competing officially for Husqvarna is a big honour. Being around familiar machinery and people I have known for many years, yeah, I can’t wait to get racing again. There are still some months to go before the start of the world championship, but my training and preparation has been going well. I headed to southern Europe early in the New Year to get familiar with the new bike, and since then I’ve just been riding and training. I’ve put a lot of hours in on the bike now and switching back to a 2-stroke, and back to being a full-time racer, is all going well. I’m enjoying the process. I’m building my way back into everything. I know that I have a lot of experience, and I’m 100% focused on doing the best I can, but I’m not putting myself under any crazy pressure – the team and myself know what we’re aiming for, and I’ll do all I can to be competing at the front of my class. This is a great opportunity for me, I’m certainly going to give my all and make the best of it.”

Andi Hölzl – Husqvarna factory Racing Team Manager: “We’re really happy to have Mikael in the team. He’s shown impressive pace in the EnduroGP World Championship as well of course as the International Six Days Enduro, where he was also extremely fast. As a Scandinavian, Mikael riding for Husqvarna Motorcycles is also something very special due to the rich Swedish history of the brand. He is a pleasure to work with, has great speed on the bike, but also has a lot of technical knowledge. I believe he will really progress through the 2022 season.”

Photo: Husqvarna Motorcycles

KNMV Nieuws ISDE 2022 – Enduro Zesdaagse Frankrijk

Vanaf maandag 29 augustus tot en met zondag 3 september wordt de Internationale Enduro Zesdaagse (ISDE) 2022 georganiseerd in Le Puy en Velay (Frankrijk). Verwacht wordt dat er veel animo vanuit de Nederlandse endurowereld is om aan dit bijzondere WK deel te nemen als clubteamrijder.

In totaal kunnen er 700 rijders deelnemen. Klik hier om alvast het aanvullend reglement van deze wedstrijd in te zien.

Wat is er nodig om aan de ISDE deel te nemen:

Geldige KNMV-endurolicentie met internationale verzekeringsdekking (385 euro)
Geldige SMA-keuring (ISDE = WK) (+/- 100 euro)
FIM One Event-licentie – ISDE Club Team rider (+/- 125 euro)
ISDE-inschrijfgeld (1.050 euro)
Daar komen verder nog de eigen reis- en verblijfskosten bij, het onderhoud en extra onderdelen, banden en mousses voor de motor. De intentie is om als Team NL op het paddock van de ISDE aanwezig te zijn, dus een surplus voor de logistieke verzorging en benzine wordt aan de deelnemer (vooraf) doorberekend. Je logistiek kun je ook extern onderbrengen (bijv. bij de motormerken als je een huurmotor afneemt voor de ISDE).

Pre-entry

De KNMV dient vooraf aan te geven hoeveel teams (WTT/JTT-teams en clubteams) aan de ISDE 2022 willen deelnemen. Inmiddels zijn de eerste aanmeldingen van clubteamrijders bij ons binnengekomen! Dus wil je deelnemen aan de ISDE, geef dit dan zo spoedig mogelijk via een e-mail aan m.pieterse@knmv.nl door. De deadline van de pre-entry als clubteamrijder bij de KNMV is woensdag 23 maart a.s.

Vijftig procent van de pre-entry moet worden overgemaakt, de KNMV zal dit regelen. Als bekend is hoeveel Nederlandse teams er geaccepteerd zijn, worden die rijders medio mei gefactureerd voor het inschrijfgeld ISDE 2022. Daarna stellen we de clubteams samen – tenzij je met drie rijders al een team vormt – en regelen we de benaming van de teams en de entry van de benodigde rijdersinfo, motor en aanverwante informatie.

World en Junior Trophy Team(s)

Of de KNMV een World Trophy Team en/of Junior Trophy Team zal afvaardigen, wordt in april duidelijk. De resultaten in de EK Enduro’s in Italië en Hongarije zijn medebepalend of een afvaardiging in sportief opzicht gerechtvaardigd is.

Heb je vragen over evt. deelname aan de ISDE 2022? Neem dan contact op met Mario Pieterse via e-mail of telefoon (026-352 8532).

Bron: KNMV
FOTO – Roos Kiffen / Shotsbyroos

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