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
Arcadia, California – As with most countries today in lieu of the World Championships in Brazil and the 2008 Olympics, the country of Chile in South America has made the move to step up their BMX program. Although Chile has a long history of BMX racing in numerous World Championships and has its share of World Champion riders, Chile is serious about showing the world that they can compete with the best! The Chilean BMX Federation (or FCBX – Federacion Chilean Bicicross) has recently restructured itself and put new people in charge of moving Chilean BMX in the right direction.
The finial stop of the 2006 NBL Pro Series events, Round 8, was held this past weekend at the South Park track. South Park has always been know to be the fastest and most technical track on the NBL tour and this year it had some modifications before the event. The changes made the track faster and more tech, but unfortunately weren't made for the younger and inexperienced riders. The track really showcased how much skill the Pro riders have and actually elevated the respect factor for the Elite Pro riders. With this the final stop of the NBL Pro tour before the Grands, Randy Stumpfhauser needed to gain a few more points to be in the title hunt, while Kyle Bennett held a slight lead before South Park and wanted to extend it.
Right after the message we received from Robert de Wilde that he has left Staats on good terms, we noticed these UCI results up in Canada. Looks like Afro Bob is raking in the UCI points wherever he goes.
UCI race Airdrie, Alberta - Canada
Elite Men 1 Robert de Wilde(NED) 2 Patrick Lebel (CAN) 3 John Purse (USA) Junior Men 1 Jim Brown (CAN) 2 Nick Goertzen (CAN) 3 Ward Pateman (CAN) Elite Women 1 Samantha Cools (CAN) 2 Adrienne Bennie (CAN) 3 Lori Smith (CAN) Junior Women 1-Danielle Brisson (CAN) 2 Kayla Sweeney (CAN) 3 Layne Nyhaug (CAN)
NBL’s classic weekend in South Park, PA is within sight and serves as the last chance for NBL’s Elite Series points as well as the final two races in the NBL/UCI Series. For the second time this season, NBL will award more than $30,000 in prize payouts throughout the various NBL and UCI classes. The famous South Park BMX track has been updated and promises to provide one of the best weekends of racing in the season. Only 1 point separates Free Agent’s Kyle Bennett and Formula’s Donny Robinson at the top of the NBL Elite series standings but Staats/TLD’s Robert de Wilde and GT’s Randy Stumpfhauser will have two more shots to catch the leaders. Kuwahara’s Matt Pohlkamp sits in the #5 position but will have Avent’s Jarrett Kolich and CMC’s Jason Rodgers to contend with.
The SE UK distributor (shiner.co.uk) have put together a team for 2006 racing at the UK national series. Riders for this year are Jai Kemp riding in 30-39 cruiser, Jai has been riding for over 18 years. Ryan Hodge riding in the 15 to 16 yrs boys and has been riding for 4 years and looking good for 2006. Bethan Hallett races in the 10 to 12 yrs girls riding the new SE Xpert bike, last year Bethan made the final at the Worlds in Paris and will be proudly racing on her World No 8 plate this year. Andy Shaw will be racing in 19+ men and also in Elite cruiser, Andy also has been riding forover 20 years and has been riding in Europe for the past few years and is looking fast this year at the Euro rounds.