New ‘Open World Cup’ opens up EnduroGP to privateers

New World Cup Classes created for 2019 to make the FIM EnduroGP World Championship more accessible for privateer riders.

 

Two years in the planning, a new Enduro Open World Cup looks set to make the world championship events more accessible to privateer riders who want to race the EnduroGP events with less of the stiff costs and stiff competition.

Dwindling entries has been something of a problem for the Enduro World Championship organisers in recent years at certain events. Less riders is bad for the championship and the sport – financially it makes it difficult for clubs to run world championship events.

Running this support championship alongside the GP riders should help make the Enduro World Championship accessible and appealing to the national riders again as the series tours around countries in the calendar – which is exactly as it should be.

Enduro Open World Cup details

The series will stand alone as completely separate series (but run alongside the existing EnduroGP classes - E1, E2, E3, Junior and Youth 125cc) and “will allow privateer or local ‘wildcard’ riders to turn up and ride alongside the stars of the discipline.” 

Three new open categories

2-stroke (all capacities)

4-stroke (all capacities)

Seniors (over 37 years old - any capacity)

There’s also a Team Trophy to be awarded to the best team entering a minimum of three riders in this Enduro Open series.

The Enduro Open World Cup is open to everyone from the age of 16 and will be held at all seven Grand Prix of the 2019 World Championship season.

Eight days to count for championship points

The make things easier on the privateer budget, only the eight best day results of each rider will be counted. It will therefore be possible to win one these three FIM World Cups without having participated in every round.

 

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Lower entry costs

In response to the need to lower the costs of participation for these riders, the FIM also decided to create special licenses for these categories…

€61.00 excluding insurance for a yearly FIM Enduro Open License.

€30.50 excluding insurance for a single event FIM Enduro Open License.

ABC and the FIM will also be offering a very low entry fee of only 120€ per race (Transponder Fee included).

 

The ABC Communications press release says the new category will: “take into account the technical abilities of the participants. Accordingly, the Open class will complete one lap fewer than the EnduroGP riders and some route deviations will be put in place for the more technical and difficult parts of the liaison as well as on some special tests.”

Bastien Blanchard, CEO of ABC Communication, welcomed the decisions: "It was imperative to find a way to get more riders back into the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship. These three new FIM World Cups should allow many passionate privateer riders, who may not be able to finance a season of 7 or 8 GPs, to ride on the international stage. Enduro has always been about the riders and their dedication, and that is why the FIM was pleased to validate our new project, approving the addition of three new World Cups!"

John Collins, CEN Director: “The FIM is pleased to announce the introduction of the Enduro Open Class and its associated categories into the FIM Enduro World Championship.  The aim is to encourage riders who for many reasons are not able to contest the series at the highest level, but would still like to experience a traditional Enduro World Championship Event, riding with the Champions, particularly when Events are in their own or countries within reasonable travel distance.”

The first round of the FIM Enduro Open World Cup will take place at the German GP on March 23-24 in Dahlen.

 

Photo Credit: Future7Media/Andrea Belluschi

 

 

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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester
jon.pearson@enduro21.com