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In a sport dominated by males, Livia Lancelot is an unsung hero, or should I say heroine? This French wonder lady is not only one of the best female motocross riders in the world, she also stacks up against the males and will be out to prove it this weekend in Si Racha, Thailand, for the second round of the FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship.
So, news just broke you will be lining up in Thailand next weekend for the FIM MX2 World Championship?
“Yeah, last year Youthstream came to me with this idea that I should race in Qatar and Thailand. Of course, I said yes right away, it is a great opportunity for me and also for my sponsors. But also, I like to ride against the boys. I do it every year in the French Championship and also in the Le Touquet.”
Tell me about your experience in Si Racha (Thailand) last year…
“Yeah, I loved the track there; it was so cool, at least before it rained. After the rain, the track became really muddy and then I was struggling with the lines. So because I was not riding so well in the pre-qualifying I didn’t make the main race because of the 108% rule. I was still really happy to be there.”
Do you think the difference in strength between girls and guys is really obvious when racing MX2?
“Yes, of course. You know, girls are little bit more smooth than the boys and we try not to fight the bike so much. In the pre-qualifying last year, Jeffrey Herlings passed me on the straight before the big tabletop. It was so muddy there his bike was going sideways, like I could see both his number plates on the sides of his bike. I just thought to myself, woah, I can’t ride like that, if I tried and the bike went left and right like that, then for sure I wouldn’t be on the bike anymore.”
What are your goals or motivation for this race?
“You know, it’s a little bit hard to have goals in this race. But I guess I will just try not to be last (laughs). Otherwise, I will just try to ride my own race, not do anything crazy because this is not my class. I just want to go there to show to Thailand that girls can ride motocross too and for me, it’s really good practice.”
And you are back for your first full season since 2008 in the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, what are your goals?
“Basically I want to have the red plate at the end.”
"Motocross Grand Prix of Thailand set for take-off"
At a packed press conference at the Sport Authority of Thailand today, the country’s media were briefed on the forthcoming Motocross Grand Prix of Thailand (Thai MXGP), which will take place at the Pinthong, Sri Racha on 7-9th March.
While the world of motorsport anticipates that Formula One and MotoGP will eventually appear in Thailand over the coming years, MXGP is making its second appearance in the Kingdom and is expected to become a long-term fixture in the series.
Philippe Rahmani, Director of Overseas Relations for Youthstream, MXGP’s global promoter, explained that in 2013, 83 million viewers worldwide watched the Thai Motocross Grand Prix and the event enjoyed a total of 483 hours of TV coverage, more than any other MXGP round except for the French race. With new TV deals signed with CBS and Eurosport in 2014, the global TV audience could reach 100 million for this year. The coverage will also all be in HD for the first time, including drones and on-board cameras. The event will be screened by True Visions in Thailand.
He also noted that the Thai MXGP enjoys the largest social media following of all the events, with almost 45,000 followers on its Facebook page.
Mr Rahmani went on to reveal that the Thai MXGP has almost been cancelled. “There was big pressure to cancel a few weeks ago because of the country’s political turmoil,” he stated. “It has been only the drive and determination of the Khun Savitri, Khun Thongchai and Khun Kraitos Wongsawan that has made it happen and given Thailand such a spectacular and positive showcase.
“We must also thank the sponsors, such as PTT, AP Honda, McDonald’s and Vee Rubber, for their strength and continuing support during a difficult time. Meanwhile, the Race of Champions, already postponed, is expected not to go ahead and the Thailand Open Golf Championship has been cancelled, so we must thank and pay tribute to everybody involved.”
Over the last 40 years Thailand has built up a strong national championship, which enjoys thousands of spectators at each event, which features racing for youngsters as young as seven, amateurs and professionals in the 250cc MX2 and 450cc MX1 professional categories. As a result of this continuous development, three of Thailand’s elite riders, ‘Turbo’ Arnon Theplib (AP Honda) , ‘Chaiyan’ Rhompong (Yamaha) and Penjan Thannarat (Kawasaki) will enter the 2014 Thai MXGP. A fourth, ‘Game’ Trakarn Thangthong (Kunka Dirtshop KTM), is unable to participate due to a back injury.
"Husqvarna return to MXGP with former MX2 champion Rattray"
By Barry Russell firstname.lastname@example.org Image: Youthstream MXGP Magazine February 2014
An important measure of the health of any motorsport series is the number of manufacturers competing, so the news that Husqvarna, one of the most iconic brands in motocross would bringing the number of factories in MXGP to eight in 2014 has been universally welcomed.
The venerable Swedish marque has seen more than its fair share of changes since the glory days of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The last one came in 2013 when BMW sold the company to KTM supremo, Stefan Pierer and manufacturing was moved from Italy to Austria. The move back into grand prix motocross with Antti Pyrhonen’s Red Bull IceOne team is a clear statement that Pierer has big plans for Husqvarna.
That intent is underlined by the signing of 2008 MX2 world champion, Tyla Rattray, who will be joined by former Australian champion, Todd Waters. Rattray has been in AMA Motocross since winning his world title, so the renewal of his intense rivalry with KTM’s MXGP champion Tony Cairoli is eagerly anticipated. The clash will be all the more intriguing, as along with Cairoli’s KTM, the Husqvarnas will be the only 350cc machines in the premier class.
There is no doubt that a 350cc engine places fewer physical for the riders and while you would expect them to go well on the tighter, more technical tracks, Cairoli has proved that the smaller-engined bike can win even at power-sapping deep sand tracks like Lierop in the Netherlands. And it will be no surprise that the Husqvarna engine uses the same base as the KTM.
Speaking to ontrackoffroad.com, Tyla Rattray explained, “The 350 can be ridden more like a 250 and you can wring its neck and push it. I think it helps when it comes to rough circuits and by the time you get to second motos at a GP the track can be hammered … my plan is to be there and race Cairoli like I was doing in 2008.”
We’ll see what we’ve got,” continued the 28 year-old South African, “I learned a lot racing in America and my fitness is probably the best it has been in my career.”
The MXGP series begins on March 1st in Qatar, with Thailand hosting round 2 a week later on 7-9th March.
"FIM Motocross Grand Prix Returns to Thailand" Grand Prix motorcycle racing comes to Thailand for the second time on 7-9th March 2014.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural round at Sri Racha, less than two hours from Bangkok’s main airport, the high-flying, hardcore FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) circus will again be thrilling tens of thousands of local spectators as well as a massive global TV audience. It will also be throwing a very bright spotlight on the host country, showcasing Thailand’s ability to organize and host major international events, while blending in its unique national charm and sense of fun.
Hosting a world championship motorsport event places huge demands on host countries and organisers. Developing a challenging and spectacular course while meeting FIM safety requirements is just where it begins. The location of the track needs ideally to be within a two hour transfer time from a major international airport and the local infrastructure needs to consist of good roads and plenty of international quality hotel accommodation.
Thailand, with its highly developed tourist industry, meets the infrastructural requirements easily. Locating the track less than 100 kilometres from Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Chonburi, home to Thailand’s fastest growing commercial and tourist centres, means that convenience, comfort and good times await international visitors.
The Federation of Motorsport Club of Thailand (FMSCT) has more than three decades of experience in motocross, during which time it developed a thriving national championship and many courses all over the Kingdom. Local motocross events commonly attract 5,000 - 10,000 spectators, so the sport already has a large, knowledgeable audience in Thailand.
Combining FMSCT’s expertise with that of MXGP’s global promoter, Youthstream, produced results that surpassed expectations for the first event and have given the organisers a sound platform for 2014.
As with MotoGP, World Superbikes and Formula One, the dominance of European teams and riders led to the majority of rounds being hosted close to home. However, increasing financial demands and slowing, often stricken western economies mean that promoters have looking at their sports through a more commercial lens in recent years. The fast growing economies of Asia, and South America, together with the sheer size of their populations have created hungry new audiences and customer markets for sponsors to target. When it comes to reaching into developing countries, MXGP leads the way, with rounds in Qatar, two in Brazil, one in Mexico and one in Ukraine as well as Thailand.
One big number from Repucom’s media evaluation of the 2013 MXGP championship makes it easy to understand why it has expanded into Asia. That number is 962 million and it is how many TV viewers in the 24 countries which make up Asia-Pacific-Oceana watched the series last season. That is a staggering 77.2 percent of the global audience of 1.2 billion. In addition, thousands of motocross fans from all over Asia poured into Thailand to watch the event live. On that evidence alone more rounds in the region can be expected in the near future.
The largest group of travelling fans are likely to be from Indonesia. Irsam Soetarto, of Aneka Kartika Tours and Travel Services brought a group of 19 with him in 2013 and will bring more with him this year.
“It was a privilege to watch those amazing crossers in action at such close range. It literally blew us away and we had a fantastic time on and off track,” he explained. “This year we expect to bring around 40 people from many of Indonesia’s major cities, such as Surabaya, Bandung and Jakarta. It’s a real highlight for our year of travel and events and so much fun mixing with fans from Thailand and all over the world.
The trip is a very easy one, continued Soetarto, ”A three-and-a-half hour flight and then within two hours of landing we are in our hotel close to the track. The organisers made us feel so welcome and they really know how to put on a show.”
The local value enjoyed by sponsors was also impressive for an inaugural world championship round. Of all the participating countries Thailand was second only to France in the amount of TV coverage, at 483 minutes, with 5.7 million local viewers enjoying the season’s action.
Looking at the 2013 Thai MXGP in isolation, there was 228 minutes of TV coverage and a total of 83.6 million viewers. That coverage included more than four hours of TV ‘postcards’ which showcased Thailand as the host country.
The countdown has begun to arguably the most important event in Thailand’s sporting calendar, taking place on 7-9th January, just one week after the first round in Qatar.
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THE OFFICIAL MXGP GUIDE IS AVAILABLE NOW ไกด์บุ๊คโมโตครอสโลกฤดูกาล 2014 ดาวน์โหลดได้เลยนะ ^^
The official guide of the 2014 FIM Motocross World Championship is now available in printable PDF formats. The guide contains all the essential information about MXGP and MX2 series, including entry lists, track details, rider and team profiles, statistics, TV broadcasters and MXGP rules and regulations.
The official guide also offers a brief summary of the FIM Motocross World Championship and FIM Motocross of Nations history, as well as a personal achievements profile for all of last year’s European champions.
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TEAM Honda GARIBOLDI is proud to announce its new line up for the 2014 season to compete in the MX2 World Championship with 17 year-old Slovenian TIM GAJSER who will team up with 23 year-old Japanese rider KEI YAMAMOTO. Tim Gajser, probably the youngest top rider in MX2, will take part in his first full World Championship season in 2014. Tim has enjoyed top success on the small bikes throughout his career becoming the European Champion in 65cc, 85cc and 125cc and collecting also the 125cc World title in 2012. Gajser is the hottest prospect in MX today. Kei Yamamoto, in 2014 will begin his new career on the global motocross scene racing in the MX2 class after winning titles and becoming Champion young rider in Japan in 2005 and 2006 and adding the MX2 Japanese title in 2012 and finishing second in 2013. A big challenge for one of the few Japanese riders seen competing a full season in the World Championship.
The MXGP class of 2014 has three riders with very impressive records. Defending World Champion Antonio Cairoli, 2008 MX1 World Champion David Philippaerts and 2008 MX2 World Champion Tyla Rattray are the three riders with World Championships to their name.
Ten years ago when Youthstream took over the FIM Motocross World Championships these three riders were very much the future of the sport. Rattray and Cairoli finishing second and third in the MX2 Championship behind New Zealand’s Ben Townley, and Philippaerts back in 19th position, although was quickly signed by KTM to race in their MX2 team - he finished fourth in the MX2 Championship in 2005.
Only a handful of riders still remain on the World scene from that 2004 MX2 title race, as most have retired or just race National championship level now.
Cairoli is of course the man of the moment. He has left names like Townley, Rattray, Pourcel, Searle and other former championship rivals in his wake as he dominates year after year. A legend of the sport and his status just continues to improve with every moto, Grand Prix or Championship victory.
His perfect off-season will see him come into the opening round of the Championship in Doha, Qatar, in a month’s time with a lot of confidence. The question is: will he play it safe like he did in 2013 and cruise to enough points to make him happy? Or will he want to drive the nail in his competitors’ coffins, showing them that he has once again improved?
The return of Rattray to the FIM Motocross World Championships is a bonus for the sport as he is one of the truly tough competitors in the sport. The South African battled hard with Cairoli for his MX2 Championship and for sure Rattray will want to once again show he is capable of fighting hard with the Italian legend.
Having raced in America the last few years, picked up several injures and lost track of his career a little, the signing with the Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing team for 2014 give him the chance to once again produce his best. No doubt Husqvarna will also want to beat their big brother KTM for that MXGP championship.
David Philippaerts has had a tough time of late. Major injures and the loss of his ride in the Rinaldi Yamaha team cost him a lot of confidence. Now riding for his own team the former World Champion will be wanting to return to the very top of the sport.
Philippaerts isn’t racing for minor points and you can count on him showing a little better form in 2014 than he did in 2013 when he finished 11th in the World and his best result was 28 points at the Grand Prix of Germany, when he scored 6-10 results.
Philippaerts knows that time is running out on his career and the injuries from the last few years have caught up on him. However, he also knows that with a little luck, he can again be a top five guy and fight for podium finishes.
KTM Thailand distributor, Kunka, announced their racing plans for 2014, which includes an MX2 entry in the Thai MXGP for 20 year-old Thai Motocross star, ‘Game’ Trakarn Thangthong.
In a surprise switch by the Dirtshop managed team from Yamaha to KTM, Game will compete in the Thai Motocross, Supercross and Supermoto series, the Asian motocross series, the Motocross of Nations as well as the Thai MXGP. He will be joined by top Japanese racer, Yoshiki Kitai, in the Thai and Asian championships, who will campaign on a 450 MXGP specification machine. Game is currently expected to stick with the 250cc bike, though this has not been confirmed.
Reflecting the team sponsorship, the team’s official name is Kunka Dirtshop Castrol KTM. There was also an interesting twist in the extreme sports energy drink battle, with Rockstar appearing to have out-maneuvered rivals Red Bull and Monster to join the list of team sponsors.
The new team is spearheading a comprehensive national race programme for KTM in 2014, providing the opportunity for all-comers to test their skills in a range of off-road and road racing championships. Working closely with R2M, Kunka is placing great emphasis on developing Thai motocross talent, providing 50cc machines for riders as young as seven. The classes will go all the way up to the professional level with 450cc motocross machines and 1290 Super Duke R bikes for road racers.
The action begins for Kunka Dirtshop Castrol KTM with the first round of the Thailand Motocross Championship will be this weekend 8-9th at the Thai MXGP track at Pingthong Industrial Estate, near Sri Racha, Chonburi.
Youthstream and Eurosport have announced that the n°1 pan-European TV channel has signed the live TV and digital rights for the 2014-2016 seasons of the FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) and the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN).
The three-year agreement includes the 54 countries and 133 million homes covered by Eurosport in Europe as well as 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Following the success of last year's inaugural round at Sri Racha, Chon Buri, the high-flying, hardcore FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) circus will return to thrill tens of thousands of local spectators as well as a massive global TV audience. It will also be throwing a very bright spotlight on the host country, showcasing Thailand's ability to organise and host major international events, blending in its unique cultural charm and sense of fun.