First race of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship
Namur, BELGIUM: An excited crowd of 12,000 fans gathered for the start of the new FIM SuperMoto World Championship “S1” at the famous Citadelle circuit.
French rider Thierry Van Den Bosch, riding a KTM, dominated the weekend.
FIM President, Francesco Zerbi, was delighted by the show and expressed his belief for the success of this series. Additionally, Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream said “I am extremely happy about the great start of our World Championship. It was an unbelievable job to prepare everything, to talk to the Organizers, to the Manufactures, to the Teams and Riders, to the Television and Media and to the Sponsors. Many believed that it would not work, but today we proved that anything is possible when you are 100% committed. I would like to thank all my staff for the hard work they have done as well as the FIM for their support, especially President Zerbi and CMS President Wolfgang Srb.”
The city of Namur, still the biggest name in Motocross, added another chapter to the history book of motor sport. Now the Citadelle will also be known as a prime SuperMoto track.
The teams and riders were delighted with the high organisational standard which they have not been used to in the past. Mr. Luongo continues, “I was always used to working in a most professional way since I started to promote races some 19 years ago. When I got involved in SuperMoto I had just one target – to put on the best show for the fans, riders and manufacturers. I believe we are heading in the right direction.”
The next round of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship will be held on the 25th of August at the Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard, Holland.
1. Thierry Van Den Bosch – KTM
2. Boris Chambon – HUS
3. Gerald Delepine – VER
Courtesy Adriana Maskarova/YouthStream