Last year Trial European Champion, Miquel Gelabert. Photo @Phototrial
After three years in which the FIM Europe Trial Championship started from in Italy, next weekend Zelhem in The Netherlands will open the doors at its 26th edition. A closed area will allow public to follow well the whole competition walking from one section to another. This is the same venue that hosted the series in 2012.
The European series knows no crisis with a number of participants increasing year after year. A success due to a very familiar environment: licensing costs not expensive, dates chosen in school holidays to encourage young people’s participation, less rigid regulations. For example, the closed traffic circuit that allows the sixteen year old riders to ride higher-capacity motorcycles than what they should by law.
There also is a singular system of attribution of the championship points, ranging from 100 to the first, 85 to the second, 70 to the third, and so on. All the participants, regardless of their position, get some points. This raises challenges in the lower parts of the standings, which is not possible in the other championships, because all riders out of the top 15 positions do not score points.
Another point of favor is the fact of opening to riders of every skill thanks to the categories called “Internationals”. And more, a kind of respect to older riders, still competing in a category invented for them: the Over 40 class. Thanks to all these goodies in recent years the participants have always increased reaching more than 200 units spread over the various categories.
Also this year, the traditional two championships start together: on Saturday the 22nd there will be on the scene Women’s and Youth’s. On Sunday the 23rd all the others, that means: Europe, Junior and Over 40.
After this Dutch week-end, just one week later, the second and third round of the main championship will be held in Bilstain, Belgium. The fourth and last round is scheduled for the 6th of August in Lazzate, Italy. Youth and Women, instead, are expected for the first time in Liepaja, Latvia: two rounds on May 27th and 28th, to finish their series on August 5th in Lazzate, Italy too.
About FIM Europe (www.fim-europe.com) – The FIM Europe (in the past UEM, Union Europèenne de Motocyclisme) includes 47 National Federations (FMNs) and 6 Regional Motorcycling Associations and is a European organization acting within its attributions in all matters in relation with motorcycling activities and, as such, in domains ranging from sport, tourism, leisure, environment, mobility, road safety, legislative affairs, protection and defence of the rights and interests of motorcycle users. As far as motorcycle sport is concerned, the FIM Europe is the supreme and sole European authority empowered by the FIM to control European motorcycling sport activities organized under its jurisdiction throughout Europe.The aims of FIM Europe are to develop and promote all forms of motorcycling in Europe as well as the co-operation and friendship between its members, and notably: to examine all questions related to the development of motorcycling in Europe; to organize European Championships and to establish all competitions that appear beneficial subject to the prior approval of the FIM; to co-operate with the FIM in all matters relating to the organization of international events and motorcycling in general; to organize camps and seminars for riders, officials, coaches and administrators of various European FMNs; to support the creation and development of motorcycling activities in all European countries; to promote the co-operation among all European FMNs; to promote motorcycling among young people, both as sport and motorcycling in general; to encourage the use of motorcycles in European countries and to develop motorcycle tourism; to represent the interests of motorcyclists before European authorities; to promote in the media the sport of motorcycling and the use of motorcycles in all of Europe.
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