2006 Sidecarcross World Championship

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2006 Sidecarcross World Championship
Season
Grands Prix 8
Start date 23 April
End date 24 September
Drivers
Champions Netherlands Daniël Willemsen

Belgium Sven Verbrugge

Sidecarcross des Nations Netherlands Netherlands
Chronology
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The 2006 FIM Sidecarcross world championship, the 27th edition of the competition, started on 23 April and finished after eight race weekends on 17 September 2006 with Daniël Willemsen taking out the title once more.

Overview[edit]

Daniël Willemsen and Sven Verbrugge in the 2006 season

The 2006 season was the 27th edition of the sidcarcross world championship. It resulted in a fifth world championship for Daniël Willemsen, his fourth in a row and the second with his passenger Sven Verbrugge from Belgium. The two clearly dominated the season with 13 wins in the 16 races and an 83 point gap to the second placed Evgeny Scherbinin / Sergei Sosnovskikh from Russia. A close third came Marco Happich / Meinrad Schelbert, the German-Swiss combination.

After ten seasons in the top ten and five world championships, it was the first time since 1995 for last seasons runner-up Kristers Serģis not to finish in the top ten. Due to injury, the Latvian only took part in four races but still archived three podium finishes.

The eight races of the season were held in six countries, France, Germany, Croatia, Belgium, Latvia and the Netherlands.

Format[edit]

Every Grand Prix weekend is split into two races, both held on the same day. This means, the 2006 season with its eight Grand Prix had sixteen races. Each race is currently 30 minutes plus 2 rounds long.

Teams go through a qualifying, usually on Saturday. Typically, around 50 teams compete for 30 spots on the starting grid, meaning around 20 teams miss out on the race altogether. Some teams did not actually get a race start all season, failing in qualifying each time.

The first twenty teams of each race scored competition points, allocated accordingly to the following system:

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

Retirements[edit]

At the end of the 2006 season a number of long-term competitors retired from the World Championship, the longest standing of those being German Josef Brustmann with 19 seasons in the competition and Belgian Geert Devoldere with 18 seasons, both first having raced in the World Championship in 1988.[1][2][3]

Calendar[edit]

The 2006 season had sixteen races:[4]

Date Place Race winners GP winner
23 April Netherlands Oss Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
21 May Croatia Zabok Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
4 June France Brou Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
18 June Latvia Ķegums Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
2 July Belgium Neeroeteren Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
20 August Germany Teutschenthal Latvia Māris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks Latvia Māris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks
Germany Josef Brustmann / Stefan Urich
13 September France Saint-Jean-d'Angle Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
17 September Germany Rudersberg Germany Marco Happich / United Kingdom Mark Watson Sweden Henrik Soderqvist / United Kingdom Collin Dunkley
Netherlands Daniel Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge
24 September Latvia Ķegums Netherlands Netherlands
  • The Sidecarcross des Nations in Ķegums on 24 September 2006 is a non-championship event but part of the calendar and is denoted by a light blue background in the table above.
  • Passengers in italics.

Classification[edit]

Riders[edit]

The final standings in the overall table of the 2006 season were:[5]

Position Driver / Passenger Equipment Points Wins Second Third
1 Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Belgium Sven Verbrugge Zabel-VMC 341 13
2 Russia Evgeny Scherbinin / Sergei Sosnovskikh MTH-APZ 258 5 3
3 Germany Marko Happich / Switzerland Meinrad Schelbert * Zabel-VMC 243 1 1 2
4 Latvia Māris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks KTM-AYR 231 1 4 2
5 Belgium Jan Hendrickx / Tim Smeuninx Zabel-VMC 217 1
6 Switzerland Andy Burgler / Martin Betschart KTM-VMC 211 2 2
7 Belgium Joris Hendrickx / Eli Piccart KTM-AYR 180 1
8 United Kingdom Stuart Brown / Luke Peters Zabel-VMC 165 1
9 Czech Republic Vaclav Rozehnal / Marek Rozehnal Zabel-VMC 157 1
10 Netherlands Marcel Willemsen / Bjorn Roes Zabel-VMC 137
11 Germany Josef Brustmann / Stefan Urich KTM-NPH 117 1
12 Latvia Jānis Daiders / Lauris Daiders Zabel-VMC 115
13 Belgium Nicky Pulinx / Ludo Somers KTM-AYR 113
14 Netherlands Jarno van den Boomen / Henry van de Wiel MTH-VMC 100 1 1
15 Netherlands Carlo van Duijnhoven / Christian Verhagen MTH-VMC 100
16 Switzerland Ueli Müller / Reto Grütter Zabel-MTH 100
17 Netherlands Eric Schrijver / Ramon van Mil MTH-VMC 93
18 Czech Republic Tomas Cermak / Ondrej Cermak JAWA-VMC 68
19 Latvia Kristers Serģis / Kaspars Stupelis KTM-Mefo 64 2 1
20 United Kingdom John Watson / Mark Watson Zabel-VMC 57
21 Austria Bertram Martin / Switzerland Bruno Kaelin Zabel-VMC 57
22 Germany Martin Walter / Andre Saam Zabel-VMC 54
23 Sweden Henrik Söderqvist / United Kingdom Collin Dunkley Husaberg-VMC 52 1 1
24 United Kingdom Scott Wilkinson / Gary Burt Zabel-VMC 52
25 Belgium Kristof Santermans / Netherlands Patrick Nieuwenhuizen Yamaha-VMC 47
26 United Kingdom John Lyne / Michael Turner Zabel-VMC 26
27 France Laurent Devoldre / Sebastian Devoldre Husaberg-VMC 20
28 Netherlands Thijs Derks / Roy Derks Husaberg-BSU 17
29 France Michael Poirier / Bertrand Poirier KTM-VMC 14
30 Belgium Geert Devoldere / France Guennady Auvray Honda-EML 13
31 Germany Werner Wittmann / Mario Wohlfart Zabel-AYR 10
32 Belgium Andreas Clohse / Guido Schlabertz Zabel-VMC 10
33 Netherlands Marcel Grondman / Martijn Geerdink Zabel-VMC 9
34 Switzerland Roland Sutter / Sandro Michelleto KTM-VMC 9
35 Sweden Patrick Fagerberg / Daniel Fagerberg KTM-AYR 9
36 Netherlands Wim Janssen / Henk Roenhorst Zabel-VMC 8
37 Netherlands Maikel Kuster / Wilfried Keuben Zabel-VMC 8
38 Netherlands Johan Smit / Bart Notten Husaberg-BSU 7
39 Netherlands Patrick Greup / Marc van Deutekom KTM-VMC 7
40 Lithuania Imantas Tamuliūnas / Egidijus Karaliūnas KTM-AYR 6
41 Germany Jens Bochmann / Stefan Progscha Zabel-AYR 6
42 France Jean Marie Ains / Bernard Jayet Zabel-VMC 5
43 France Baptiste Bigand / Julien Bigand MTH-BSU 5
44 Estonia Andrus Vaks / Raimo Kaul KTM-AYR 4
45 Belgium Boudewijn Gommeren / Steve van Tongerlo KTM-AYR 4
46 United Kingdom David Keane / Andy Heighes MTH-VMC 3
47 France David Surcin / Landry Tessier Zabel-VMC 3
48 Latvia Otomārs Skreija / Gastons Skreija MTH-BSU 2
49 France Herve Boursaud / Edouard Chereau KTM-VMC 1
50 France Guillaume Martin / Jacques Pilleir Zabel-VMC 1
  • Equipment listed is motor and frame.
  • Marko Happichs only win of the season came with Mark Watson as passenger, who raced at the German GP with him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official World Championship classification 2000–present Archived 2013-10-16 at the Wayback Machine. FIM website, accessed: 9 November 2014
  2. ^ JOSEF BRUSTMANN GP RECORD The John Davey Pages, accessed: 9 November 2014
  3. ^ GEERT DEVOLDERE GP RECORD The John Davey Pages, accessed: 9 November 2014
  4. ^ FIM Sidecarcross World Championship – 2006 Calendar FIM website, accessed: 5 August 2011
  5. ^ FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Classification 2006 FIM website, accessed: 13 August 2011

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