Artis Rasmanis

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Artis Rasmanis
Nationality Latvia Latvia
Bike number n/a
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Sidecarcross World Championship
Active years 1992–2002
Championships (5) 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002
2002 Championship position 1st
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
170 68 113 2,624

Artis Rasmanis (born 1971[1]) is a retired Latvian sidecarcross passenger and five times World Champion.

Rasmanis was part of the most successful partnership in sidecarcross world championship history, winning five titles with his driver Kristers Serģis. He retired from international sidecar competition after their fifth title in 2002. He is however still active in the motor sport, racing quad bikes now, finishing 12th in the FIM European championship in 2007.[2]

He now works as a manager at SIA "Rasmanis & Dankers". He originally graduated as an agricultural machinery mechanic from Priekuļi agricultural technical school in Cēsis District in 1990.

Sidecarcross world championship results[edit]

Artis Rasmanis entered the sidecarcross world championship in 1992, with Kristers Serģis as his driver. After two seasons with limited success and starts, Serģis switched to Normunds Bērziņš as his partner for 1994 and 1995 but continued to have only a small impact on the race circuit. In late 1995 Artis Rasmantis returned as his partner and in 1996, in the fourth race of the season they achieved their first race win, on 21 April in Betekom, Belgium. The season after, their fortunes improved greatly and the duo won their first of five world championships this year. In 1998, they repeated their success and in 1999 they missed out by only one point to Daniël Willemsen / Marcel Willemsen on their third triumph. Also, in 1998, they managed to win the German sidecarcross championship.[3] However, Serģis / Rasmantis continued their successful partnership with three more titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. With their fifth title they became record holders in world cup wins in this sport. Previously, two drivers had archived four crowns, but none five. After this fifth title, Rasmanis retired from international competition but Serģis continued to race.

Season by season[edit]

Season Driver Equipment Position Points Races Wins Second Third
1992 Latvia Kristers Serģis Kawasaki-EML 46 1 3
1993 Latvia Kristers Serģis KTM-EML 33 25 9
1995 Latvia Kristers Serģis KTM-EML 18 11 4
1996 Latvia Kristers Serģis KTM-EML 6 132 16 1 1
1997 Latvia Kristers Serģis KTM-EML 1 277 20 5 4 2
1998 Latvia Kristers Serģis Zabel-BSU 1 299 18 7 5 2
1999 Latvia Kristers Serģis Zabel-BSU 2 385 24 8 10 3
2000 Latvia Kristers Serģis MTH-BSU 1 298 22 7 6 2
2001 Latvia Kristers Serģis MTH-BSU 1 534 26 16 4 3
2002 Latvia Kristers Serģis MTH-BSU 1 662 28 24 1 2
Overall 1992 – 2002 2624 170 68 31 14

Source:"The John Davey Pages – Artis Rasmanis". John Davey. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

  • Passengers in italics.

Honours[edit]

World Championship[edit]

  • Champions: (5) 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Runners-up: (1) 1999

Germany[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artis Rasmanis (in Latvian)
  2. ^ "Europe – Quad-FIM (in French)". premiermotocross.com. 2007-10-17. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ Statistik/Hall Of Fame

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Adrian Käser
Sidecarcross World Champion (passenger)
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Marcel Willemsen
Preceded by
Marcel Willemsen
Sidecarcross World Champion (passenger)
2000–2002
Succeeded by
Kaspars Stupelis
Preceded by
Henry van der Wiel
German national sidecarcross champion (passenger)
1998
Succeeded by
Thomas Weinmann