FIM Sidecar: Round Four joins WorldSBK at Assen

FIM Sidecar: Round Four joins WorldSBK at Assen

FIM Sidecar: Round Four joins WorldSBK at Assen

Assen circuit

RKB-F1 Motorsport in conjunction with the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme is delighted to announce that the fourth round of the championship will be at Assen in Holland over the weekend of 23-25th July.

This is also the fourth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship and will be the second time the sidecars join WorldSBK in 2021.

Hot on the heels of the re-scheduled opener at Le Mans, this news restores the calendar to an impressive eight rounds.

As with the earlier Donington Park round, to include the FIM Sidecar World Championship on the same bill at the FIM Superbike World Championship is another breakthrough and yet further evidence of the profile and level of acceptance of World Championship Sidecar racing.

Sincere thanks are also extended to the Dutch Federation (KNMV) and Assen Circuit for their contribution in this exciting venture.

Provisional dates are now as follows:

June 11-13 Le Mans-Bugatti, France 2 x races
June 26-27 Pannoniaring, Hungary – TBC 2 x races
July 2-4 Donington Park, WSBK 2 x races
July 23-25 Assen, Holland WSBK 2 x races
August 20-22 Grobnik-Rijeka, Croatia 2 x races
October 1-3 Oschersleben, Germany 2 x races
October 15-17 Brands Hatch, UK 2 x races
October 29-31 Estoril, Portugal 2 x races
FIM Sidecar: Opening round at Le Mans re-scheduled for June

FIM Sidecar: Opening round at Le Mans re-scheduled for June

FIM Sidecar: Opening round at Le Mans re-scheduled for June

Le Mans Bugatti circuit

RKB-F1 Motorsport is delighted to share the FIM announcement that the Le Mans 24hr WEC race has been re-scheduled for June 11-13 at the Bugatti Circuit.

The opening two races of the 2021 FIM Sidecar World Sidecar Championship will therefore take place on Friday and Saturday of that weekend (11/12).

This is the news everyone was hoping to hear and means that the season will start in spectacular fashion on one of the most famous circuits in the world.

Despite all the ravages of the global pandemic, feverish work by the RKB-F1 Motorsport team, the FIM and all circuit organisers has ensured a calendar which promises a terrific 2021 season.

Huge thanks are also extended to the French Federation (FFM) and WEC promoters for cooperation towards this exciting news.

Provisional dates are now as follows:

June 11-13 Le Mans-Bugatti, France 2 x races
June 26-27 Pannoniaring, Hungary – TBC 2 x races
July 2-4 Donington Park, WSB 2 x races
August 20-22 Grobnik-Rijeka, Croatia 2 x races
October 1-3 Oschersleben, Germany 2 x races
October 15-17 Brands Hatch, UK 2 x races
October 29-31 Estoril, Portugal 2 x races
British F1: Bitterly cold Snetterton banishes winter blues

British F1: Bitterly cold Snetterton banishes winter blues

British F1: Bitterly cold Snetterton banishes winter blues

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The two-day test session organised by Roger Body and RKB-F1 Motorsport at the Snetterton 300 circuit attracted a good following from the Molson Group F1 Championship with fifteen outfits signing on Saturday morning.

There was also a fair gathering of club and classic machinery, whilst the F2 outfits were conspicuously absent.

At around six degrees with a strong breeze, conditions were far from ideal, although by its very nature, many teams shook out the cobwebs of the closed season and came away with positive results.

Saturday morning started dramatically, with Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde tipping the Hannafin outfit on its roof. Because the engine ran for several seconds upside down, Rupert called it a day and cut his losses.

Rob Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz had their Santander Salt Yamaha on its side too but continued to spend valuable track time settling in with the new team.

Robert Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz
Robert Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz

Kevin Cable had the luxury of two passengers available for his L&W Contractors outfit, with Lee Watson making a welcome return to the paddock sharing track time alongside Kyle Masters Kevin’s regular sidekick.

Kev Cable and Lee Watson
Kevin Cable and Lee Watson

The plan is for Lee to slot in should Kyle have issues with work commitments, as this crew intends to take in FIM World rounds as well as those British which do not clash.

Former Champions and World hopefuls Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson were bang on form, looking strong on their Santander Salt bike. The new team livery for Biggs and Ellis is indeed striking. A recent episode at the Val de Vienne test in France saw Ellis upside down as well, so there was another new fairing in evidence at Snetterton.

Todd Ellis
Todd Ellis

Newcomers George Holden and Oscar Lawrence were well pleased with their Saturday outing, appearing to have gained speed and smoothness since their 2020 debut.

George Holden and Oscar Lawrence
George Holden and Oscar Lawrence

Andy Peach and Ken Edwards, ever jovial and consistent, were going well, looking forward to a full season, and happy to be back on the bike.

Unassuming as ever, Sam and Adam Christie simply got on with the job and reeled of many laps. They will be a force once again in whichever Championship they choose to contest.

Serious British contenders Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney were sporting a plain white fairing with the final livery obviously work in progress, with Ben Holland/Tom Christie looking good together. This latter pairing, given the finance and opportunity to compete at all rounds, have the proven ability to run at the front.

Ben Holland and Tom Christie
Ben Holland and Tom Christie

Scott Lawrie was out with Shellie Smithies doing the honours, Simon Gilbert looked consistent and obviously happy to be having a family trip out.

All in all, despite the lack of F2 machinery, those who made the trip were very satisfied with the outcome, with all eyes now on June when proceedings get underway.

Phil Bell and James Connell
Phil Bell and James Connell

Photos courtesy of: Jenny ‘Triker’ Wells

FIM Sidecar: Le Mans April opener cancelled

FIM Sidecar: Le Mans April opener cancelled

FIM Sidecar: Le Mans April opener cancelled

FIM Sidecar World championship logos
Following a joint statement by the FIM and WEC, we are obliged to announce the cancellation of Round One of our 2021 season.

In the face of the COVID pandemic situation in France, the organisers have no alternative but to shelve the event planned for April 16-18.

The statement reads –
“Following discussions with medical staff and in agreement with the Prefecture of Police, the organiser of the 24 Heures Motos Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the French and international motorcycling federations FIM and FFM and Eurosport Events, the championship’s promoter, have decided to cancel the event due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a result of the health crisis and of hospitals being under considerable strain, hospitals in Le Mans are not in a position to provide the service required to ensure the safety of riders and teams during the race.”

This is a massive blow to all concerned, but work continues apace to bring a complete calendar to fruition.

The management team of RKB-F1 Motorsport and Santander Salt would like to extend sincere thanks to the FIM, circuit organisers and all other involved parties for continuing their tireless efforts in making the 2021 season possible.

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