The circuit of Horensbergdam in Genk is the venue of the sixth edition of the “Everts & Friends Charity Race”. This unique motocross event will take place on Thursday July 21, National Day of Belgium. As the event’s name indicates, all profits will go to charity.
Stefan Everts, tenfold World Champion MX and currently Race Director at KTM, takes on the challenge with his colleagues from the MX1 and MX2 World Championship classes for this event exclusively.
Also on the participants list in Genk: Jeffrey Herlings, Steve Ramon, Ken De Dycker, Max Nagl, Tanel Leok, Rui Goncalves, Joel Roelants, Johan Boonen, Jeremy Van Horebeek, Marc de Reuver, Yentel Martens, Kenny Vandueren, Jake Nicholls, and Benoit Pauwels, the famous “one-armed racer”.
Confirmations of other GP stars for the “Everts & Friends Charity Race”Ã‚Â are expected in due time. Stefan Everts is still in talks with Clement Desalle, Ken Roczen, Antonio Cairoli, Ben Townley and David Philippaerts.
Also on the guest list: two time American and World Champion Mickael Pichon, five time World Champion Joel Smets and three time winner of Dakar Cyril Despres.
In the new “Cyclo MX Race” a top motocross rider and a cyclo-cross racer will team up. Stefan Everts received confirmations for this new race from Sven Nys, Niels Albert, Bart Wellens, Sven Vanthourenhout, Tom Meeusen, Erwin Vervecken, Ben Berden, Rob Peeters.
In the “Ladies” class fans can look forward to WMX World Champion Stephanie Laier, among others.
In the “Golden Heroes” class, the stars of Brad Lackey (the first American World Champion 500cc after a heroic battle with Andre Vromans, whom will join Lackey in a lap of honour), Gert-Jan van Doorn, Dave Thorpe, Dirk Geukens, J-J Bruno, Jo Martens, Marnicq Bervoets, Graham Noyce, Marc Velkeneers, Hans Corvers, Peter Herlings (Jeffrey Herlings” father), Toon Karsmakers, Neil Hudson, Gerard Rond, Jan Blancquaert, rally champion Freddy Loix and FIA GT1- en Belcar-pilot Bert Longin. What”s more: Everts is still in talks with ‘Mr. 875′ Geboers’ and with one or two superstars from the United States!
Liam Everts, Stefan’s six-year old son and a skilful BMX-rider already, will “showcase” his promising talent on his little MX-bike in Genk. Together with his friends he will race a few rounds on a mini-circuit in and around the starting zone during the break.
In addition to the fun on the race circuit, there will also be lots to discover on the rest of the grounds.Ã‚Â The paddock and teamtrucks will be conveniently arranged, there is a covered expo with famous classic motocross bikes, a kids area (bouncy castle, trampolines) and beginning on Wednesday evening & entertainment (DJ, stand up comedians) in the party tent. The Freestyle “FMX4ever” Team of Jimmy Verburgh will display some more high speed fun and the best FMX tricks during two shows. And last but not least: a signing session with the present stars will be held during the break.
Praga Khan’s icon Maurice Engelen composed a song exclusively for “Everts & Friends” that will blow you out of your socks. This song, with stirring beats, will be played through all the loud-speakers just before the start of each race.
The winner of the “Future Stars” class receives the Stefan Everts trophy, a stone-carved replica of “The Legend’s” last air cooled engine, fully equipped with kickstarter and spark plug.
Joel Robert, Sylvain Geboers, Harry Everts, Andre Vromans and Rene Baeten Junior will most exclusively mount their vehicles one more time for a lap of honour on the Horensbergdam, guided by brass band music. Stefan Everts himself will join them victory lap on the factory 125cc Suzuki with which he won his first world title in 1991.
In line with previous editions, all profits made by the “Everts & Friends Charity Race” will be donated to charity projects. These are selected by Stefan Everts and focus mainly on children and youth: “Een Hart voor Limburg” (Koning Boudewijnstichting), “Make a Wish”, Ter Heide (care centre for people with a serious or multiple mental disability), MediClowns, BuSO Tongelsbos (children with ***, behavorial and emotional difficulties), Bednet and Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner (a Luxemburgian/Belgian child cancer foundation). A number of these children and youth will attend to the event in Genk. They will enjoy full attention of the Mediclowns in a specially equipped VIP-lounge.
To raise extra funds, exclusive “Everts & Friends” t-shirts and caps will be sold online (via www.evertsandfriends.be/shop) and on the most important BMB motocross races) and two exclusive art works (made by Arlette Meeuws and Peter De Soete) will be sold by auction during the event’s day.
WANT SOME ACTION FOR YOURSELF?
“Fun Bikes”, two heats open to anyone with a Honda Camino, scooter, mopeds (max. 75cc and automat), is new on this years” programme. The “Fun Bikes” will have a “Le Mans” start (after the start signal participants have to run to their bike before they can start the race).
Want to ride this fun race? You can still register for the “Fun Bikes” via http://www.evertsandfriends.be