SIDECARCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO LOKET AFTER 21 YEARS
The carousel of the FIM World Sidecarcross Championship will head to the legendary 1,586-meter-long track in Loket nad Ohří on the weekend of May 21 and 22. After the inaugural event in Markelo, Netherlands, the Dutchman Etienne Bax and his Czech co-driver Ondrej Cermak, who are fighting for their first world title together, are leading the series. In Loket, spectators can expect to see a record number of 42 crews in the World Championship of sidecar cross and 25 crews in the accompanying EMX quads.
The top-level sidecar crossers first came to Loket in the European Championships of 1994, when 21 crews from 4 countries took part. The only race of the world championship on this legendary track was seen by Czech fans in 2001. The sheer physicality of this sport is unique to the world of motocross.
"The fact that we managed to return the sidecar cross to this track after 21 years is something we have been striving for since we became the promoters of the championship. For fans, it is one of the highlights of the domestic motoring season in general. The reputation of this track and the great background was the main attraction to the 42 crews who will start. This is a record number in the post-pandemic period. And what makes us happy is that the Czech fan will be able to support Ondrej Cermak, who could take another step towards his dream title at home. We hope that the weather will be successful and that as many fans as possible will come to support it". Martin Beňa, the promoter of the series, was upbeat about the weekend ahead.
Ondrej Cermak, who had planned to end of his rich career after last year's third place in the championship, could not resist the offer of four-time Dutch world champion Etienne Bax. The pair's victory in the opening event in Markelo, gave him hope of winning the world title.
"I felt like I had a dream for a few days after the race. It was the third victory of my career for me and it gave me hope that I would fulfill my childhood dream - to become the world champion in the sport I love", said Ondrej Cermak enthusiastically at the finish of the inaugural event in Markelo. This home race in Loket nad Ohří will give him the opportunity to take another step towards fulfilling his childhood dream.
After the thrills and dramas in the opening event, the race in Loket promises further exciting fights for every point. The first two crews of the standings share only eight points, while the Estonian-Finnish duo Kert Varik and Lari Kunnas will want to remove the Bax / Cermak machine from the top of the standings. Briton Brett Wilkinson also has his best start to the season and arrives in Loket in third place with experienced co-driver Joe Millard. Vanluchene/Bax and Hermans/Musset are going to fight back strongly after unlucky round one in Markelo for both teams.
Viewers can look forward to another EMX Quadcross event. Among the 25 riders at the start, the attention of Czech fans will be focused on one of the greatest talents of this sport, the 16-year-old Czech rider Jan Brhel. "In addition to attractive races, visitors can look forward to a rich support program, including an autograph session on Saturday evening party, where they can also meet the riders themselves," invites Martin Beňa.
The pre-event press conference with the czech riders will take place on Wednesday 18 May at 1 pm at the Autoclub of the Czech Republic, Opletalova 29, Prague 1.
Tickets for a weekend full of sidecarcross and quadcross racing can be purchased on the www.fimsidecarcross.com and also the race programme can be watched over the weekend via TV LIVESTREAM.