fim sidecar motocross world championship

Two rounds, four races, sixteen points and six agonising weeks


As a direct result of events in the fourth round in Lange Estonia in which Etienne Bax and Ondrej Cermak were penalised ten places for a track infringement, an Estonian/Finnish team find themselves in the enviable - or is it unenviable position of leading the title chase by sixteen points?

Extremely modest and likeably Kert Varik and Lari Kunnas came away from their home GP as delighted winners, unaware of what was unfolding in the FIM Steward’s Jury room at the close of play.

In the post-race interviews, they were already both excited at the prospect of gaining points against Etienne Bax and Ondrej Cermak to the extent that after the opening race in Estonia, they had a one-point lead in the Championship.

Little did they know that events were about to swing even more in their favour.

Bax’s penalty has increased that margin to sixteen points, presenting a huge challenge for the defending champion, and a golden opportunity for Varik and Kunnas to make history. There has been great success, and championships won by Latvian teams, but never by an Estonian or Finn.

Varik and Kunnas were looking forward to the long summer break, the sun, sand, and the odd beer before getting down to serious training for round five in the Czech Republic.

Now, that situation has turned on its head, with the change of venue for the next round, plus the fact they are heading for Kaplice with a very real chance of strengthening their hold on the title.

Etienne Bax and Ondrej Cermak meanwhile, will continue their singular focus on what has always been Etienne’s goal of claiming a fifth crown, whilst giving his Czech passenger a debut gold medal.

You can be sure of one thing. This hardy Dutch/Czech pairing will throw everything into the pot in the four races remaining in the only way they know how.

Varik/Kunnas meanwhile will be determined not to let this chance slip away and continue their run of amazing consistency and new level of speed.

You could argue we now have a two-round tiebreaker for the 2022 title, and you would not be far from the truth.

Bring it on, we are all ready and waiting. Kaplice could well be the scene of history being made and hearts broken. Whatever the outcome, the teams have six long weeks to prepare mentally and physically. Is that good or bad? You be the judges!!


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From Barry Nutley