2015 Sidecarcross World Championship

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2015 Sidecarcross World Championship
Season
Grands Prix 15
Start date 6 April 2015
End date 20 September 2015
Drivers
Champions Netherlands Etienne Bax
Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
Sidecarcross des Nations Netherlands Netherlands
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2014 2016

The 2015 FIM Sidecarcross World Championship, the 36th edition of the competition, started on 6 April and finished after fifteen events on 20 September 2015.[1]

The defending champions were Ben Adriaenssen from Belgium and his Dutch passenger Ben van den Bogaart, who won the 2013 and 2014 World championships together.[2][3] Adriaenssen suffered a foot injury during the fourth Grand Prix of the season, at the time sitting in second place of the World Championship, and was forced to miss the remainder of the season.[4] Van den Bogaart later rejoined the series at the seventh round, partnering Belgian rider Jan Hendrickx.

The 2015 World Championship was won by Etienne Bax and Kaspars Stupelis. Second placed, 96 points behind, was French rider Valentin Giraud, who was partnered by compatriot Nicolas Musset for most of the season; however, Latvia's Elvijs Mucenieks partnered Giraud at the final three events of the season as Musset suffered a foot injury. Third place – on equal points with Giraud and his partners – went to Hendrickx, who was partnered by Mucenieks for the first six races and van den Bogaart for the remainder of the season.

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] 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 do not 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.[5]

Overview[edit]

The fifteen Grands Prix of the season were held in nine countries; Germany and France held three events, Switzerland and Latvia held two events), while the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Spain all hosted one event. In comparison to the 2014 season five extra Grands Prix were added. Germany increased its number of Grands Prix from two to three while Latvia increased theirs from one to two. The Belgian Grand Prix was re-added to the season after having been cancelled in 2014 because of bad weather. Ukraine, who had its 2014 Grand Prix cancelled because of the political situation in the country, originally received a Grand Prix for 2015 but this event was removed from the calendar again. Switzerland also had its number of Grands Prix increased from one to two while Spain had not been on the calendar since 2005.[1][6][7]

Format[edit]

Ten time World Champion Daniël Willemsen in action in 2009.

Every Grand Prix weekend was split into two races, both held on the same day. This meant that the 2015 season, with its fifteen Grands Prix had 30 races. Each race lasted for 30 minutes plus two laps. The points scored over the races were combined to determine an overall winner. In case of a tie, the results of the second race were used to determine the winner. While this overall winner received no extra world championship points, they usually were awarded a special trophy. Race start times were set at 13:30 and 16:00.[8]

Events typically consisted of a qualifying competition, held in multiple stages on Saturdays of a race weekend while the two race events were typically held on Sundays. One exception to this rule was Easter weekends, when the races were held on Easter Monday. Race weekends could consist of additional motocross or quart support races as well, but the FIM stipulated that the World Championship races have priority. Riders had to be provided with at least one 30 minute free practice season, which was timed. A race could consist of up to 30 starters and the qualifying modus was dependent on the number of entries. Up to 32 entries, it was held in one group split into two sessions of 30 minutes each. Above 32 entries, the starter field was sub-divided into two groups through ballot and the current standings. Each qualifying group could consist of up to 30 racers. Should there be more than 60 entries, a pre-qualifying had to be held. Of the riders in the two groups, the top-twelve directly qualified for the races. The remaining teams then go to a second-chance qualifying, in which the best six advanced. The riders placed seventh and eighth remained in reserve should one of the qualified teams be unable to participate.[8]

The FIM stipulated that all drivers and passengers must be at least 16 years old to compete, with the minimum age of drivers having come down from 18 in previous seasons, but no older than 50. Riders older than 50 had to provide a certificate of medical fitness to be permitted to compete. The driver had the right to exchange his passenger under certain conditions.[8]

The engines permitted in the competition in 2015 were 2-stroke from 350 to 750 cc or 4-stroke up to 1,000 cc.[8]

Starting numbers for the season were awarded according to the previous season's overall finishing position of the driver. Current or former World Champions had however the right to pick any number they wished, except the number one which was reserved for the current World Champion.[8]

The competition was open for motor cycles with two-stroke engines from between 350 and 750cc and four-stroke engines of up to 1,000cc. Each team was permitted the use of two motorcycles with the possibility of changing machines between races.[8]

The FIM did not permit radio communication between riders and their teams. Outside assistance during the race on the course was not permitted unless it was through race marshals in the interest of safety. Limited repairs in the designated repair zone during the race were permitted.[8]

The first twenty teams of each race scored competition points. The point system for the 2015 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

Prize money[edit]

In 2015 prize money was awarded to all riders 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 received €500 in travel compensation.[8]

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2015 season:[1]

Date Place Race winners GP winner Source
6 April Switzerland Frauenfeld Belgium Ben Adriaenssen / Netherlands Ben van den Bogaart Belgium Ben Adriaenssen / Netherlands Ben van den Bogaart Result
France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset
12 April France Castelnau-de-Lévis France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset Result
Belgium Ben Adriaenssen / Netherlands Ben van den Bogaart
19 April Spain Malpartida de Cáceres Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset Result
France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset
17 May Germany Schopfheim France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
25 May Netherlands Oldebroek Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
7 June Latvia Stelpe Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
14 June Czech Republic Kramolín Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
28 June Belgium Genk Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Robbie Bax Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Robbie Bax Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
5 July France Iffendic Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset Result
France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset
19 July Germany Strassbessenbach Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Robbie Bax Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Robbie Bax Result
Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Robbie Bax
2 August Estonia Kiviõli Belgium Jan Hendrickx / Netherlands Ben van den Bogaart Belgium Jan Hendrickx / Netherlands Ben van den Bogaart Result
France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset
9 August Latvia Ķegums Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
30 August Switzerland Roggenburg Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
13 September France Saint-Jean-d'Angély Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Robbie Bax Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
20 September Germany Rudersberg Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Result
France Valentin Giraud / Latvia Elvijs Mucenieks
11 October Germany Schwedt Netherlands Netherlands
Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis
Daniël Willemsen / Peter Beunk
Koen Hermans / Kenny van Gaalen
Result
  • The Sidecarcross des Nations was a non-championship event, but part of the 2015 calendar and is denoted by a light blue background in the table.

Classification[edit]

The top ten teams in the final standings:[9][10]

Position Driver / Passenger Equipment Bike
No.
Points
1 Netherlands Etienne Bax / Latvia Kaspars Stupelis Zabel-WSP 2 675
2 France Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset[a] KTM-WHT 5 579
3 Belgium Jan Hendrickx / Netherlands Ben van den Bogaart[b] Husqvarna-WSP 4 579
4 Netherlands Daniël Willemsen / Robbie Bax Zabel-WSP 111 505
5 United Kingdom Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain Zabel-WSP 3 468
6 Netherlands Koen Hermans / Kenny van Gaalen Zabel-WSP 15 368
7 Belgium Marvin Vanluchene / Eduard Soenens[c] Zabel-WSP 19 352
8 Switzerland Andy Bürgler / Martin Betschart KTM-VMC 16 350
9 Czech Republic Václav Rozehnal / Marek Rozehnal Zabel-VMC 8 300
10 Netherlands Gert van Werven / Peter Beunk Zabel-WSP 12 279

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Valentin Giraud raced with Nicolas Musset as his passenger in the first twelve Grands Prix of the season. Following the injury to Musset, Latvia's Elvijs Mucenieks moved across from partnering Belgium's Kristof Santermans, to partner Giraud for the remainder of the season.
  2. ^ Jan Hendrickx raced with Latvia's Elvijs Mucenieks as his passenger in the first six Grands Prix of the season. Following the injury to Ben Adriaenssen, Ben van den Bogaart moved across to partner Hendrickx thereafter.
  3. ^ Marvin Vanluchene raced with Gianni Dhondt as his passenger in the first Grand Prix of the season. Eduard Soenens joined Vanluchene for the second Grand Prix onwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship: Events – 2015". FIM-Live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ "FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship: World Champions". FIM-Live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  3. ^ "FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship: Classifications – 2014". FIM-Live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Kwetsuur door Ben" [Injury of Ben]. Sidecar Team Adriaenssen (in Dutch). WebHelpje. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  5. ^ The World Championship – Other: What is Sidecarcross.com, accessed: 17 October 2013
  6. ^ "FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship: Events – 2014". FIM-Live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  7. ^ Gemeinhardt, Andreas (13 April 2014). "Gespann-WM-Lauf in Chernivtsi abgesagt" [Teams World Championship event in Chernivtsi cancelled]. Speedweek (in German). Red Bulletin Schweiz AG. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "2015 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships Regulations & FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship Appendix" (PDF). FIM-Live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. 18 March 2015. pp. 48–101. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Standing Worldchampionship 2015". Sidecarcross.com. WordPress. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  10. ^ "FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship: Classifications – 2015". FIM-Live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. Retrieved 22 November 2015.

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