It's nice when you don't have to travel for a change. The latest Motocross Grand Prix took place in Lierop which is a 10 minute drive from home. Sweet. I went to Lierop in the morning and took my son Philip as he's getting stoked on anything that relates to Motocross. We go watch practice from time to time at the track but when we rolled up this time he couldn't believe his eyes. Thousands of people and hundreds of cars, a big tent with 2007 models and all the factory trucks sure left an impression on him. After checking out the sights for a bit I drove home to drop him off and returned to shoot some photos.
Dear friends in BMX, I am sorry to say, but I will have a different kind of introduction for the update of August 2006.Yesterday I received a very sad message from Marcia, the wife of GEORGE E. ESSER, Founder of the N.B.L. (National Bicycle League – USA), one of the first BMX pioneers in the USA and the world, original initiator and motivator of the I.BMX.F. (now integrated into the UCI) and last but not least my personal mentor and long time friend. The message said: George died in his sleep on August 31st. 2006 at 2.15 in the morning. Although this was expected, it still came over me as a shock. Another good friend has passed away. Besides that, people still today, do not realize what this man has mend for BMX. In the early ’70 George was one of the few pioneers in the sport of BMX, founded the N.B.L. with its office in Pompano Beach at the time, and was a visionary if you talk “world wide BMX organization”.
NEW YORK - August 30, 2006 - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, will host the BMX Supercross World Cup Finals as a specialty competition at the Toyota Challenge on Thursday, September 7 in San Jose, Calif. The first of two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be held in San Jose; the second and final round will be held in Fréjus, France, October 6-7, 2006. In BMX Supercross, points are given to individual athletes and to countries in the UCI Nations ranking, which qualifies competing countries into the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
"The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is the premier BMX racing series in the world," said Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour. "We are excited to be a part of the growth and expansion of this sport into the 2008 Olympics in Beijing."
Gilbert, Arizona—August 23, 2006— The ABA (American Bicycle Association) announced today that it has retained the brand, event and marketing specialist group; bonspeedMedia of Anaheim, California. ABA, founded in 1977 is approaching thirty years of organizing BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing on local, regional and national levels. As youth sports have grown the ABA has become the largest promoter of action sports in the world. bonspeedMedia is primarily known for their specialized branding, event and product marketing in the automotive, luxury and motorsport markets. bonspeedMedia clients have included Ford, Jaguar, Saleen, BMW, Barrett-Jackson, Bombardier Aircraft, Michelin and many others. It is bonspeed’s President, Brad Fanshaw who brings a vast knowledge base to the ABA, Fanshaw was a former Vice President of the ABA in the early 1980’s, when he retired as an active racer. After ABA, Fanshaw became Director of World Wide Marketing for Vision Sports an early action sport industry leader. Vision was a company he assisted in growing from $10 million to $120 million in just five years and is heralded as the one of the founders of X-Sports!
While the X-Games were going on in Los Angeles, FATBMX visited the Motocross GP in Namur, Belgium. The place of the track is the exact same place where Paul and I did our first international BMX race back in 1980. The motocross track normally isn't there, they just fence off a track through the parc and have the race. I love Belgium. The race this weekend was special because Stefan Everts was able to win his first (out of 10) world titles in front of his own Belgian fans. He didn't disappoint and won his 99th Grand Prix of his career. The dude simply rules the MX1 class and calls it a day at the end of the year which I believe is a good move.
It is with great pleasure to announce that SE’s Javier Colombo is the 2007 U.C.I. Elite Men’s Pro BMX World Champion. The race took place this past weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil on one of the best World Championship tracks to date. Javier rode strong throughout the day and qualified to the 8-man main event, beating out over 90 of the world’s best riders from over 20 different countries.
In the final, Javier had a great start on his PK Ripper Team bike and went into the first turn in 2nd place, just behind former National Champion, Randy Stumpfhauser (GT Bikes). Javier rode a strong lap and stayed within striking distance of Randy throughout the two pro sections and five turns. Coming out of the final turn, Javier charged hard and pulled up along side of Randy. With approximately 25 ft to the finish, Javier rode the final jumps with more aggression and passed Randy by a half of a bike length for the U.C.I. World Championships win!
If you would like to see the 45 second clip of Javier wining the main event, [url=http://www.martijnscherpen.net/2006%20UCI%20worlds/2006%20UCI%20worlds%20elite%20men%20final.wmv]click this link.[/url]
RL-FRANCE: The French legion of REDLINE has been rackin’ up some impressive results – starting off with the recent National Championships. ENZO SCHILLING was the first to take the N°1 FRENCH TITLE in his age/class. Enzo’s Championship start wasn’t the greatest, but he pulled off a tremendous move in the first turn to take over the lead and went on to stretch his led by skyin’ the triple jump – the only one in his class to do so. We reckon that when you’ve had a Ferrari named after you, there’s a lot of pressure to go FAST. Then there was more good news for France and Redline from the biggest race in Europe – the Euro Championships. When all was said and done, French REDLINE Elite rider DAMIEN GODET became VICE CHAMPION 2006 In Elite Men Cruiser (2nd in Elite Cruiser).
ELITE MEN 1 Arturs Matisons (LAT) 2 Ivo Lakucs (LAT) 3 Artis Zentins (LAT) 4 Pablo Guitierrez 5 Henrik Baltzersen 6 Rob Van Den Wildenberg 7 Florent Boutte 8 Kelvin Beatty 9 Arnaud Dubois 10 Manuel De Vecchi 11 Maris Strombergs 12 Lukas Tamme 13 Jerome Leocadie 14 Sebastien Paradis 15 Arno Kanis 16 Jeremy Chaffot 17 Damien Godet 18 Raymon Van Der Biezen 19 Frank Heijne 20 Ivo Van Der Putten