2012 Sidecarcross World Championship

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2012 Sidecarcross World Championship
Season
Grands Prix 11
Start date 1 April 2012
End date 16 September 2012
Drivers
Champions Netherlands Daniël Willemsen
Netherlands Kenny van Gaalen
Sidecarcross des Nations Netherlands Netherlands
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2011 2013

The 2012 FIM Sidecarcross World Championship, the 33rd edition of the competition, started on 1 April and finished after eleven race weekends on 16 September 2012.[1]

The defending champions were Daniël Willemsen from the Netherlands and his Belgian passenger Sven Verbrugge. Willemsen and Verbrugge were a team for a fifth time in the history of the competition, with the combination previously winning the 2005 and 2006 titles together.[2] However, the two were racing in separate teams in 2012, with Willemsen having used three different passengers during the season because of injury woes, while Sven Verbrugge joined fellow Belgian pilot Ben Adriaenssen.

Parallel to the riders competition, a manufacturers championship is also held.[3] The defending champions in the manufacturers competition were VMC but the 2012 edition was won by WSP, the manufacturers second title after 2010.

The final race of the 2012 season was held on 16 September at Rudersberg, Germany.[1] The competition was won by Daniël Willemsen, for the tenth time, and his passenger Lauris Daiders who took over competition leadership from Etienne Bax and Kaspars Stupelis after the Russian Grand Prix and sealed the championship in the final race by a margin of five points, the third-lowest in competition history. Daiders however was not the official world champion as he has taken part in less than the required 50 percent of the races and earned less than the required 50 percent of points on Willemsen's side, this honor going to Kenny van Gaalen instead.[4][5]

Sidecarcross passenger in action

The Sidecarcross World Championship, first held in 1980 and organised by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, is an annual competition. All races, manufacturers and the vast majority of riders in the competition being in and from Europe.[1][4] Sidecarcross is similar to motocross except that the teams consist of two riders, a driver and a passenger. Races are held on the same tracks as solo motocross but the handling of the machines differs as sidecars don't lean. The majority of physical work in the sport is carried out by the passenger, who speeds up the sidecarcross in corners by leaning out. The coordination between the driver and the passenger are therefore of highest importance.[6]

Overview[edit]

The eleven races of the season were held in nine countries, France (two races), Netherlands, Germany (two races), Czech Republic, Belgium, Estonia, Russia, Latvia and Switzerland. In comparison to the 2011 edition,[7] the Grand Prix of Poland, Ukraine and Denmark have been dropped off the calendar while the Czech GP made a return.[1]

Format[edit]

Defending champion Daniël Willemsen in action in 2009.

Every Grand Prix weekend is split into two races, both held on the same day. This means, the 2012 season with its eleven Grand Prix had 22 races. Each race lasts for 30 minutes plus two laps. The two races on a weekend actually get combined to determine an overall winner. In case of a tie, the results of the second race as used to determined the winner. While this overall winners receives no extra WC points, they usually are awarded a special trophy. Race start times are set at 13:30 and 16:00.[3]

Events typically consist of a qualifying competition, held in multiple stages on Saturdays of a race weekend while the two race events are typically held on Sundays. One exception to this rule is Easter weekends, when the races are held on Easter Monday. Race weekends can consist of additional motocross or quart support races as well, but the FIM stipulates that the World Championship races have priority. Riders have to be provided with at least one 30 minute free practice season, which will be timed. A race can consist of up to 30 starters and the qualifying modus is dependent on the number of entries. Up to 32 entries, it will be held in one group split into two sessions of 30 minutes each. Above 32 entries, the starter field will be sub-divided into two groups through ballot and the current standings. Each qualifying group can consist of up to 30 racers. Should there be more than 60 entries, a pre-qualifying has to be held. Of the riders in the two groups, the top-twelve directly qualify for the races. The remaining teams then go to a second-chance qualifying, in which the best six advance. The riders placed seventh and eighth remain in reserve should one of the qualified teams not be able to participate.[3]

The FIM stipulates that all drivers must be of a minimum age of 18 while passengers have to be at least 16 years old to compete, but no older than 50. Riders older than 50 have to provide a certificate of medical fitness to be permitted to compete. The driver has the right to exchange his passenger under certain conditions.[3]

Starting numbers for the season are awarded according to the previous seasons overall finishing position of the driver. Current or former World Champions have however the right to pick any number they wish, except the number one which is reserved for the current World Champion.[3]

The competition is open for motor cycles with two-stroke engines from between 350 and 750cc and four-stroke engines of up to 1,000cc. Each team is permitted the use of two motorcycles with the possibility of changing machines between races.[3]

The FIM does not permit radio communication between riders and their teams. Outside assistance during the race on the course is not permitted unless it is through race marshals in the interest of safety. Limited repairs in the designated repair zone during the race are permitted.[3]

The first twenty teams of each race score competition points. The point system for the 2012 season is 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

Prize money[edit]

In 2012 prize money was awarded to all rider scoring points, with €300 going to each race winner, €250 to the runners-up, gradually declining from there, with €50 going to all teams placed 12th to 20th. Additionally, every team qualified for the race plus the two reserve teams receive €500 in travel compensation.[3]

Retirements[edit]

At the end of the 2012 season a number of long-term competitors retired from the competition, the most successful of those being Belgian Joris Hendrickx, World Champion in 2009 and active since 2003, German Marko Happich, runners-up in 2004 and active since 1996, and Belgian passenger Sven Verbrugge, World Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2011 and active since 1993.[8][9][10]

Calendar[edit]

The official calendar for the 2012 season:[1]

Date Place Race winners GP winner Source
1 April France Pernes-les-Fontaines Belgium Joris Hendrickx / Kaspars Liepiņš Belgium Joris Hendrickx / Kaspars Liepiņš Result
Belgium Jan Hendrickx / Tim Smeuninx
9 April Netherlands Oldebroek Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis
20 May Germany Reutlingen Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen
10 June Czech Republic Kramolín Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis
8 July Belgium Genk Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen Result
Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen
15 July France Lacapelle-Marival Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis
29 July Estonia Kiviõli Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders Result
Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders
5 August Russia Kamensk Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders Result
Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders
12 August Latvia Ķegums Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis
26 August Switzerland Roggenburg Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders Result
Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Lauris Daiders
16 September Germany Rudersberg Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis
23 September Netherlands Oss Netherlands Netherlands
  • 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.

Classification[edit]

Riders[edit]

The top ten teams in the final overall standings were:[4]

Position Driver / Passenger Equipment Bike
No
Points
1 Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Kenny van Gaalen Zabel-WSP 1 452
2 Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Zabel-WSP 5 447
3 Belgium Ben Adriaenssen / Sven Verbrugge KTM-WSP 6 385
4 Belgium Joris Hendrickx / Latvia Kaspars Liepiņš KTM-VMC 222 369
5 Belgium Jan Hendrickx / Tim Smeuninx Zabel-VMC 3 369
6 France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset KTM-WHT 138 334
7 Czech Republic Vaclav Rozehnal / Marek Rozehnal Zabel-VMC 11 240
8 Netherlands Marcel Willemsen / Gertie Eggink Zabel-MEFO 21 223
9 Latvia Māris Rupeiks / Elvijs Mucenieks Zabel-WSP 4 194
10 Switzerland Andy Bürgler / Germany Raphael Markert KTM-VMC 14 188
  • Willemsen used Haralds Kurpnieks as his passenger in the first Grand Prix of the season, Kenny van Gaalen in the following five Grand Prix and Lauris Daiders in the remaining. Kurpnieks suffered a broken wrist in the openeing GP while van Gaalen injured his knie in the second French GP, both being sidelined for lengthy periods of time.[11]

Manufacturers[edit]

Parallel to the riders championship, a manufacturers competition was also held. In every race, only the best-placed rider of every make was awarded points in this competition.[3]

The final standings in the manufacturers competition were:[4]

Position Manufacturer Points
1 WSP 544
2 VMC 444
3 WHT 340
4 KTM 15
5 Husaberg 5
6 BSU 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Official 2012 calendar FIM website, accessed: 10 December 2011
  2. ^ Seitenwagen: Willemsen mit Verbrugge (in German) Speedweek, published: 24 March 2011, accessed: 3 April 2011
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP APPENDIX Archived June 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. FIM website, accessed: 27 July 2011
  4. ^ a b c d FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Classification 2012 Archived October 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. FIM website, accessed: 20 July 2012
  5. ^ WK-titel lonkt voor Daniel Willemsen (in Dutch) De Stentor, published: 5 August 2012, accessed: 15 August 2012
  6. ^ The World Championship – Other: What is Sidecarcross.com, accessed: 27 July 2011
  7. ^ FIM Sidecarcross World Championship – 2011 Calendar FIM website, accessed: 2 April 2011
  8. ^ Official World Championship classification 2000–present Archived 2013-10-16 at the Wayback Machine. FIM website, accessed: 9 November 2014
  9. ^ JORIS HENDRICKX GP RECORD The John Davey Pages, accessed: 9 November 2014
  10. ^ MARKO HAPPICH GP RECORD The John Davey Pages, accessed: 9 November 2014
  11. ^ Tiende wereldtitel zijspancrosser Willemsen (in Dutch) De Telegraaf, published: 16 September 2012, accessed: 17 September 2012

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