2020 Red Bull Romaniacs: October date is go!
The 2020 Red Bull Romaniacs is back on and ready to race in October forming the final round of the WESS Enduro World Championship - online entries available.
After Hawkstone Park, Extreme XL Lagares and Hixpania, the Red Bull Romaniacs will be the fourth and final stop of the 2020 World Enduro Super Series on October 27-31.
The Vertical Madness Edition of Romaniacs will bring an end to the shortened WESS racing season in 2020 having previously been set to begin the championship before restrictions caused by Covid meant event team to change plans.
“Throughout the crisis, we kept our focus on preparing the race, never knowing if we would be able to pull it off or not.” Explains event director Martin Freinademetz. “We fought our battles behind the scenes and kept preparing our event.
“I am glad we had good nerves and I am excited that we still get to race in this difficult year.” Adds Freinademetz. “We raced the Red Bull Romaniacs in October before (in 2004) and the Vertical Madness Edition will be an interesting contrast to our usual hot-summer atmosphere. In fact, Romania is much more beautiful in fall!”
Existing entries still stand
All previously made reservations to race the original Romaniacs date in July remain valid but the event has naturally seen some cancelations so new starting places are available for all classes.
The decision to postpone the race from its original date was a tough one brought about by the uncertainties and changes of situation during the Corona crisis. When we spoke to Martin Freinademetz earlier in 2020 he had eyes still on the July date as well as a focus on finding the best solution for registered competitors, who had already booked their international travel.
Unfortunately, travel restrictions lifted too slowly for an event date in summer the Romaniacs crew say. An event date in October not only allows the general situation chance to normalize but international travel will also hopefully be less restricted.
New event format – no city prologue
To adjust the event to the Corona circumstances a variety of changes to the event format have been implemented to protect the health of the public, participants and organizers. The biggest change is the elimination of spectator opportunities including the City Prologue, usually visited by thousands of spectators.
Instead an off-road qualifying session for the first day of the event has been added with a “Time Trial Qualification” format for the Gold, Silver, Bronze, Iron and Atom classes. It’s an individual 20km racetrack, suiting each class skill level and from which the results will define the starting order for Offroad Day 1.
Further Covid specific measures will be taken to limit physical interactions within teams and competitors when they are not in the mountains. The work areas in the paddock, headquarter and service parks will be rearranged at much greater distances, and the interaction with the organizers during the administrative and technical checks will be done with social distancing measures implemented.
The daily riders briefing will also be done online. All current safety event-regulations to prevent infections and the spread of the Covid19 will be met and implemented. Regulations and measures to avoid Covid19 infections are mandatory for all event participants.
More information about the measures and entries: www.redbullromaniacs.com
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