2004 World Motocross Grand Prix Schedule

2004 World Motocross Grand Prix Schedule

And the World SuperMoto schedule. Both are subject to FIM approval at the biennial session in October.



Motocross:

  • March 21 Belgium/Flanders (Zolder)
  • March 28 Spain (Bellpuig)
  • April 4 Portugal (Agueda)
  • April 25 The Netherlands (Lichtenvoorde)
  • May 2 Germany (Teutschenthal)
  • May 16 Belgium/Wallonie (Spa)
  • May 30 England (Arreton, Isle of Wight)
  • June 6 France (St Jean d’Angely)
  • June 13 Italy (Gallarate)
  • June 27 Austria (Kärntenring)
  • July 4 Sweden (Uddevalla)
  • August 1 Czech Republic (Loket)
  • August 8 Belgium (Lommel)
  • August 29 Germany/Europe (Gaildorf)
  • September 11 (Sat) Ireland (Ballykelly)
  • September 24 (Fri) South Africa (Sun City)

  • Motocross des Nations – October 3 – The Netherlands (Lierop)




SuperMoto:

  • May 9 Austria (Melk)
  • May 23 Italy
  • June 20 France (Toulouse / Muret)
  • July 11 Ireland
  • July 18 Great Britain (Lydd)
  • July 25 Czech Republic (Sosnova)
  • September 5 Belgium (Spa)
  • September 19 Germany (Sachsenring)
  • October 10 Belgium/Flanders
  • October 17 Spain (Finestrat)
  • November 7 Romania
  • November 14 Greece (Creta)
  • December 3 (Fri) Lybia (Tripoli)
  • December 10 (Fri) United Arab Emirates (Dubai)


“Youthstream would like to thank the FIM for entrusting us with Motocross and SuperMoto,” Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream, “The organizers are the back bone of our two Championships, without their full support and belief in our future programme it would have not been possible to be able to build up such strong calendars like these. I am very proud to be bringing MX1 back with 16 events and to take the Grand Prix to overseas countries like South Africa, and to bring Motocross back to the very traditional Motocross countries like England and Ireland. SuperMoto is continuing to grow and 2004 will bring new gaols; the arrival of the S2 (450cc) class, the stabilization of the calendar and the arrival of new manufacturers and teams. In 2004, S1 will have reached it’s highest level ever – and we all should be proud of being a part of this.”



Youthstream has also confirmed Mr. Pascal Haudiquert will continue his work in Motocross as a Press Officer together with Anne-Gaëlle Perennes.





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Paris/Bercy Supercross – France – November 7 – 9

Paris/Bercy Supercross – France – November 7 – 9

It’s the 21st edition of the classic Paris-Bercy supercross





Bercy returns with its exclusive 125 class / Tri-Nation format that provided incredible racing action in 2002.



12 Americans will compete against 12 French and 12 riders from the “Rest of the World” (ROTW), for both patriotic pride and a huge purse.



The most prestigious teams competing in the AMA 125 class will send riders, from Factory KTM-Red Bull and Sobe-Suzuki to YOT-Boost Mobile, Kawasaki-Chevy Pro Circuit, Amsoil- Factory Connection Honda and Motoworld Suzuki.



In fact, 7 out of the top 10 East Coast finishers and 7 of the top 8 West Coast finishers have expressed their will to compete.



The biggest news, though, is the entry of three of the most high profile foreign stars racing in the US : Grant Langston, the newly crowned 125 US MX National champion, David Vuillemin, and Stephane Roncada.



DV is the winningest rider in the history of Bercy, which is like second home to him: five overall class victories within his last six years of presence and an impressive twelve finals winning streak there speak for themselves.



DV says “I’m stoked that Team Yamaha understood my need to race in front of my home crowd and obviously, becoming King again would be a positive step towards builting confidence for the US SX anyway. I will compete on a YZ250F with help from YOT and there is no way I let the 125 guys beat me!”



The US squad will be led by Bercy 02 part-winners Travis Preston and Chris Gosselaar, former National champ and Bercy veteran Mike Brown on his new YOT ride, ’03 East-West shootout winner Andrew Short, former Prince of Bercy Broc Sellards and always-fast contenders Ivan Tedesco, Billy Laninovich, Kelly Smith, Danny Smith, Josh Woods, Matt Walker and Josh Hansen.



Should any of these riders have to withdraw, young hotshoes Broc Hepler, Ryan Mills, Robert Kiniry, Davi Millsaps or Robert Gray would be offered to jump in.



The Rest of the World Team (ROTW) looks strong as well with AMA regulars Joaquim Rodriguès, Craig Anderson, as well as Canadian champ Jean-Sebastien Roy and GP regulars Tyla Rattray, Marc Ristori, Tanel Leok, and more. As many as 10 different Nations should be represented in the ROTW: that’s a total of 12 Nations for the most international supercross of the year.



Besides DV and Ronron, France will count on Eric Sorby, Steve Boniface and Matt Lalloz, all seeking revenge after deceptive ’03 seasons… ’02 World champ Michael Maschio and GP contenders Rodrig Thain, Pascal Leuret, Antoine Meo, and more should complete a strong list of motivated Frenchmen.



Team classification consists on adding the top 3 finishers per Team, per night, to create an overall.



Bercy will also have two FMX demo-sessions, always major crowd pleasers, featuring the top Europeans (Torronteras, Troux, Lamblin, Rebaud, etc) along with Mad Mike Jones and others.



An 85cc mini-bike demo, pom-pom girls and laser-shows will complete the very visual “Bercy experience”, Europe’s premier supercross.



Information: http://www.organisation-lariviere.com



Tickets: http://www.ticketnet.fr






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Team Suzuki Europe – Pichon out, Smets in

Direct from Team Suzuki Press: Suzuki sign Joel Smets for 2004 four-stroke assault





Team Suzuki have signed five times World Champion Joel Smets to spearhead their FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship effort with the new RM-Z 450.



The Belgian-based squad earlier today announced the end of their association with Mickael Pichon and have now captured the expertise of the 2003 650 title winner Smets with a two year contract to steer the team and factory into a new era of four-stroke racing.



34 year old Smets, who has claimed four 500cc World Championships on four-stroke machinery and holds the record number of GP victories in the old class, resides less than 30 minutes from the team’s workshop in Lommel and is seen to provide an ideal combination of experience, professionalism and determination to facilitate Suzuki’s introduction of the 450 on the GP scene.



“In some respects the decision not to renew the second year of Mickael’s contract was a hard choice, naturally because of the record we have enjoyed in the last few years,” commented Team Owner Sylvain Geboers. “However in another way we are delighted that Joel is coming on board and we are very pleased to have obtained a rider that can offer so much to the team. Joel lives close to our base in Lommel, he is one of the top riders in the World on four-strokes; his record is nothing short of excellent. I believe him to be also a very professional and dedicated individual, who is keen to compete away from the GP’s and this level is exactly what we need for the first year of the 450. This move may appear sudden or even strange to some, and the timing was not helped by the unlucky injury to Mickael, but Suzuki, the team and myself feel that Smets is the best man for the job with the conditions that face us regarding a new motorcycle in what will be a very tough MX category next year. I want to wish Mickael all the best. We had some great seasons together and some wonderful victories. I really hope that he recovers well and I have no doubt he will become one of our main rivals in 2004.”



World MX GP – Round 12 – France

World MX GP – Round 12 – France

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Belgian riders take all three world titles in 2003



Let’s start with Stefan Everts: He already wrapped up the premier class title at the last race. He has won more world championships than anyone. He’s won more GP’s than anyone. And today, he did something that no one else has ever done – he won all the GP classes – 125, 250, and Open. What’s he going to do next???



Joel Smets: He won the open class championship last event. Rumors have him going to many different teams for 2004. And Steve Ramon won the 125 championship today.





Motocross Grand Prix Results:



Stefan Everts – YAM

Brian Jorgensen – HON

Josh Coppins – HON

Patrick Caps – KTM

Kevin Stribjos – SUZ





650 Results:



Stefan Everts – YAM

Javier Garcia Vico – KTM

Joel Smets – KTM

Cedric Melotte – HON

Roman Jelen – HON





125 Results:



Stefan Everts – YAM

Alessio Chiodi – YAM

Luigi Seguy – YAM

Tyla Rattray – KTM

Steve Ramon – KTM





Final 650cc Point Standings:



Joel Smets – 290

Javier Garcia Vico – 260

Cedric Melotte – 203





Final 125cc Point Standings:



Steve Ramon – 233

Stefan Everts – 218

Andrea Bartolini – 206





Final Motocross Grand Prix Point Standings:



Stefan Everts – 275

Joel Smets – 235

Mickael Pichon – 188





Courtesy Adam Wheeler/MX Press, DORNA Off-Road, and MX2K.com





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Stefan Everts – by MX2K.com




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Steve Ramon – by MX2K.com


Setting Goals: 125 National Championship

Setting Goals: 125 National Championship







Going into the 2003 series, my strategy was to be consistent and score points in every moto. Looking back now, I realize I accomplished that – I was the only rider to score points in every moto. That made a difference in the end I believe.



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At the first round in Glen Helen, I finished third in the first race, and won the second. I was happy about winning a moto, but also wishing I could of won the overall.



For the next round in Sacramento, I didn’t do much different as far as my during the week training. My focus however, was to win. I won both motos two years ago there. The first moto was a disappointment – I landed on a hay bale, and crushed my exhaust pipe – the bike had no power. Then I went off the track. Basically I had a bad first moto. I ended up seventh. In the second moto I finished fourth.



Then we went to Mt. Morris. That event was even worse for me. I crashed in practice and fractured a bone in my hand. I just rolled around the track during the races. It wasn’t what I was hoping for. I wanted so bad to be on the podium. I got fourth in both races.



For Southwick, I figured things had to get better. But there I really hit bottom for the season. I was involved in a first moto first turn crash with Mike Brown. Mike and I were way back. I think he finished 21st, and I finished 16th.



It’s got to get better for the second moto, right? I got a decent start, made a couple of passes, and then crashed all by myself on the first lap. As I was picking up my bike, I got hit from behind – it smashed the rear fender, and it twisted the front end. I came from near last to finish seventh. I rode well, but seventh just isn’t the result I wanted.



I needed to turn things around. I was now 29 points behind in the championship.



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I was starting to feel like things were turning. We went to Budds Creek, and I had a good day there. I hung in the first moto for a while with Bubba, but then he pulled away. I figured ‘Hey, he’s not in the championship, just settle for second’. In the second moto, I didn’t get the best start, but I came from a ways back to third position. That gave me second overall, which at that stage of the season was good. It enabled me to pass Ryno in the points, and I made up points on Brown.



Once I get a good routine going, I like to stick with it. I’ll only change things up if what I’m doing isn’t working. So when we have more than one week between races, I do the same basic weekly routine. At that point, I knew what I needed to do if I was going to win the championship. It was just a matter of putting that into practice.



Even with a strategy, sometimes in racing things just don’t go your way or how you planned. You can’t control everything that happens in racing.



Heading into Red Bud, I’m thinking only about the championship. Winning is good, but not the most important thing – the championship is what it’s about. I just needed to be up there every moto, every weekend.



First moto – terrible start. I was one of the last guys around the first corner. At one point, I was 35th in the moto. I came back to tenth. I was disappointed. I was riding well, but I couldn’t get around people on that track like I normally do.



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The second moto was better. I got a good start, and finished second. But I wasn’t happy my inconsistency.



Next race was Unadilla, and that was a good race for me. I did have one little problem though – in the first moto, my rear shock broke – I just had the spring – no dampening. I bounced off the track when that happened, and Jesseman passed me. I ended up third. In the second moto I finished second. Overall, it was a good weekend. I made up a few more points on Brown too.



Things were turning around for the better now. I found myself thinking about the guys in the championship chase with me, especially Brown because he was in front of me by one point.



I normally concentrate on what I do to prepare, but I was using those thoughts as extra motivation. It was time to dig deep, make an extra pass, give it that little something ‘extra’. I was thinking about what Brown and Hughes were doing to prepare during the week.



Leading up to Washougal, I had some kind of sickness – I didn’t even know exactly what it was – but I was physically tired all the time. I didn’t practice during the week. Saturday at the track was my first day of riding. In practice, I was involved in a huge pileup. 10 riders piled-up on top of each other on a jump. The flagger just stood there with the flag straight out. I crashed, and hurt my wrist.



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I had to get a pain shot in my wrist before the race. I rode decent enough considering. I was completely drained. But at the end of the day, I was the points leader.



We had two weekends off from racing, and I rested almost the entire time. I didn’t recover from the sickness, and my wrist was still sore.



Next race was Millville. I love that track, and normally do well there. But I still wasn’t 100% healthy. I was trying to push, but I was only able to circulate the track. Once again, I knew I could do better. I finished fifth overall.



At the minimum, I was adhering to the initial game plan – score points in every moto. Out of the championship contenders, even with my inconsistency, I was still the most consistent.



Our next stop was Binghamton NY. I went down in the first moto. How many races could I shoot myself in the foot? I was struggling again to put up two good results on the same day. I finished tenth in the first moto, and followed that up with third in the final moto. I did lose a few more points to Ryno. But I was the one leading the points. If I was inconsistent, what were the other guys feeling?



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Then we went to Steel City, which turned out to be the final round of the series, but we didn’t know it then. I remember thinking “I just need to leave Steel City in the points lead”. I was keeping an eye on the weather in Ohio, and I had a feeling that the race could be canceled again.



The first moto was not great. I fell, and came back to eighth. But the second moto was one of my best races of the year. I was outside the top ten, came past Ryan Hughes, and finished second to Bubba. Ryan was hanging with me most of the race, and at the end I picked up the pace a bit. Ryno ended up crashing, and finished fourth.



Some say you are only as good as your last race. My last race at Steel City was definitely one of my better rides all season. That race ended up being the championship. Ryan and I were both under a lot of pressure, and I beat him, and ultimately won my first championship in America.



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What does this mean now to have won my first AMA championship? To me personally, it means so much. Two years ago I came very close to winning the championship, only to experience heartbreak at the end. I had a few other periods of bad luck since then too, but that’s part of racing.



It’s difficult to put the feeling into words. Only a few people have won world motocross championships and then come over to the USA to win an American championship. It’s an awesome feeling to have won a title on both sides of the Atlantic now.



Growing up in South Africa it was my dream to become a world motocross champion. While I was in Europe accomplishing that, I set a new goal to come to America and win a championship. I’ve finally done it.



For 2004, I’ve set a new goal for myself: the 250 class.


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