2004 Sidecarcross World Championship

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2004 Sidecarcross World Championship season
Season
Grands Prix 14
Start date 21 March
End date 5 September
Drivers
Champions Netherlands Daniël Willemsen
Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
Sidecarcross des Nations Germany Germany
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2003 2005

The 2004 FIM Sidecarcross World Championship, the 25th edition of the competition, started on 21 March 2004 and finished after fourteen race weekends on 5 September 2004 with Daniël Willemsen and Kaspars Stupelis taking out the title once more. For Willemsen, it was his third world championship while it was the second for Stupelis.[1]

The season saw the cancellation of the Russian GP in Moscow on 15 August because of heavy rainfall, thereby reducing the schedule to thirteen GP's and 26 races.[2]

Overview[edit]

The 2004 season was the 25th edition of the sidcarcross world championship. It resulted in a third world championship for Daniël Willemsen, his second in a row with passenger Kaspars Stupelis. Five time world champion Kristers Sergis, with Sven Verbrugge as his passenger, was their main rival early on in the competition. An injury to Sergis meant however, the pair would miss five race weekends and be out of contention for the championship. After this, Willemsen / Stupelis won the championship almost undisputed. For the following season, 2005, Willemsen and Sergis would exchange passenger, with Sven Verbrugge returning to Willemsen, who he had raced with before, while Sergis / Stupelis would form an all-Latvian team.

The fourteen GP's of the season were held in eleven countries, Spain, France (2x), Netherlands, Germany (2x), Italy, Estonia, Latvia (2x), Croatia, Bulgaria, Russia and Belgium. It was the first time that a GP was to be held in Russia.

Format[edit]

Every Grand Prix weekend is split into two races, both held on the same day. This means, the 2004 season with its fourteen Grand Prix had originally 28 races. Each race lasts for 30 minutes plus two laps. The two races on a weekend actually get combined to determined an overall winner. While this overall winners receives no extra WC points, they usually are awarded a special trophy.

The first twenty teams of each race score competition points. The point system for the 2004 season was as follows:

Place Points
1 25
2 22
3 20
4 18
5 16
6 15
7 14
8 13
9 12
10 11
Place Points
11 10
12 9
13 8
14 7
15 6
16 5
17 4
18 3
19 2
20 1

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2004 season:[1]

Date Place Race winners GP winner Source
21 March Spain Talavera Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
4 April France Castelnau Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge Result
Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge
12 April Netherlands Oldebroek Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
25 April Germany Aufenau Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
9 May Italy Asti Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
31 May France Brou Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
6 June Germany Pflückuff Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
13 June Estonia Jaanikese Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
20 June Latvia Cēsis Russia Evgeny Scherbinin / Sergey Sosnovskikh Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
11 July Croatia Zabok Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Germany Marco Happich / Thomas Weinmann Result
Germany Marco Happich / Thomas Weinmann
18 July Bulgaria Samokov Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
8 August Latvia Kegums Latvia Kristers Sergis / Sven Verbrugge Germany Marco Happich / Thomas Weinmann Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
15 August Russia Moscow cancelled 1
5 September Belgium Neeroeteren Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Kaspars Stupelis
19 September Germany Rudersberg Germany Germany
  • The Sidecarcross des Nations is a non-championship event but part of the calendar and is denoted by a light blue background in the table above.
  • Flags for passengers not shown.
  • 1 Cancelled after heavy rain, only an exhibition race was held, won by Marco Happich / Thomas Weinmann, which didn't count towards the world championship.[2]

Classification[edit]

Riders[edit]

Out of 56 teams in the points, the top-twenty of the 2004 season were:[3]

Driver / Passenger Equipment No. Points GP wins GP 2nd GP 3rd Race wins Race 2nd Race 3rd
1 Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Zabel-VMC 1 572 9 1 1 18 4 1
2 Germany Marco Happich / Thomas Weinmann Zabel-VMC 7 419 2 4 1 1 8 6
3 Estonia Are Kaurit / Jurgen Jakk KTM-AYR 4 391 1 1 3 3
4 Russia Evgeni Scherbinin / Sergei Sosnovskikh Zabel-APZ 11 385 2 2 1 3 4
5 United Kingdom Stuart Brown / Luke Peters Zabel-VMC 5 374 2 3 4 3
6 Netherlands Eric Schrijver / Christian Verhagen MTH-EML 10 274 1
7 Latvia Kristers Sergis / Belgium Sven Verbrugge MTH-BSU 2 246 2 2 1 6 1 2
8 Germany Werner Wittmann / Czech Republic Premsyl Novotny Yamaha-AYR 12 231 1 3
9 Belgium Jan Hendrickx / Tim Smeuninx MTH-BSU 6 224
10 Austria Bertram Martin / Switzerland Bruno Kaelin Zabel-VMC 14 215
11 Belgium Joris Hendrickx / Roger van de Lagemaat MTH-BSU 41 211
12 Germany Frank Hofmann / Belgium Ludo Somers Zabel-VMC 16 203
13 Netherlands Marcel Willemsen / Rene Boon KTM-VMC 32 191
14 Switzerland Andy Burgler / Meinrad Schelbert KTM-Spatech 25 164 1 1
15 France Benoit Beaumont / Netherlands Henry van de Wiel MTH-BSU 8 142 1 2
16 Latvia Maris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks Zabel-AYR 9 124
17 Sweden Henrik Soderquist / Tobias Sylwan KTM-VMC 26 122 1 1 2 1
18 Germany Josef Brustmann / Stefan Urich KTM-NMP 20 100
19 Netherlands Carlo van Duijnhoven / Tom van Duijnhoven MTH-BSU 13 99
20 Belgium Nicky Pulinx / Dagwin Sabbe KTM-VMC 118 96
  • Equipment listed is motor and frame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FIM Sidecarcross World Championship – 2004 Calendar FIM website, accessed: 5 August 2011
  2. ^ a b The World Championship on Sidecarcross.com accessed: 31 October 2009
  3. ^ FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Classification 2004 FIM website, accessed: 13 August 2011

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