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The FIM Enduro World Championship (EWC), formerly known as the World Enduro Championship (WEC), is the world championship series for enduro, a popular form of off-road motorcycle sport. The championship currently features three classes (E1, E2 and E3), along with separate categories for junior and female riders. The WEC was first organized in 1990, and currently consists of 16 races based on eight two-day events. All rounds include an enduro test, a motocross test and an extreme test.

FIM World Enduro Championship
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Founded1990
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HistoryEdit

 
Simone Albergoni at the GP of Turkey

The World Enduro Championship began in 1990, replacing the FIM European Enduro Championship, which had been contested since 1968. The European championship was later restarted by the Union Européenne de Motocyclisme (UEM) in 1993. The WEC had six classes from 1990 to 1993, after which the 80 cc and 500 cc 2-stroke championships were discontinued. The series continued with four classes, 125, 250, 350 and 500 cc, until the 1998 season, which saw 250 cc 4-stroke as a new class and the 350 cc replaced by 400 cc. In 1998, all rounds also counted towards an overall championship, which was continued until 2004.

 
Sébastien Guillaume rides over logs

The competition classes of the WEC were revised for the 2004 season. The number of classes was reduced to three, and 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines were now competing in the same classes. The new classes were named Enduro 1, Enduro 2 and Enduro 3. The 2005 season saw a new addition; the Enduro Junior class (EJ). The age limit in the junior class was originally 21 years, but was later changed to 23.[1] A class for female riders, Enduro Women, was started in 2010.

The points system of the WEC originally awarded points for 15 best riders in each class, starting with 20 for the winner, 17 for second place and 15 for third. Since the 2004 season, the twenty fastest riders have received points, with 25 going to the winner of each class, 22 for the second fastest and 20 for the third-placed rider.

The 2007 championship included six events in Europe, one in the United States and one in Canada. In the 2008 season, all eights rounds were held in Europe. The current main broadcaster of the championship is Eurosport 2. In South America and Oceania, the series is broadcast on ESPN and Fox Sports, respectively.[2]

Current classesEdit

  • Enduro 1 (E1) – Up to 250cc 2 stroke and 4 stroke.
  • Enduro 2 (E2) – 250+ cc 4 stroke up to 450cc 4 stroke.
  • Enduro 3 (E3) – 250+ cc 2 stroke and 450+ cc 4 stroke.
  • Enduro GP – Rankings based on overall standings (E1-E2-E3).

ChampionsEdit

Season 80 cc two-stroke 125 cc two-stroke 250 cc two-stroke 350 cc four-stroke 500 cc two-stroke +350 cc four-stroke
1990   Thomas Bieberbach (Simson)   Paul Edmondson (KTM)   Kari Tiainen (Suzuki)   Otakar Kotrba (Husqvarna)   Peter Hansson (KTM)   Jimmie Eriksson (Husaberg)
1991   Pierfranco Muraglia (Kawasaki)   Jeff Nilsson (KTM)   Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna)   Kent Karlsson (Husaberg)   Sven-Erik Jönsson (Husqvarna)   Jaroslav Katriňák (Husaberg)
1992   Gian-Marco Rossi (HRD)   Jeff Nilsson (KTM)   Giorgio Grasso (Kawasaki)   Mario Rinaldi (KTM)   Tulio Pellegrinelli (Honda)   Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna)
1993   Gian-Marco Rossi (TM)   Paul Edmondson (Husqvarna)   Giorgio Grasso (Kawasaki)   Sven-Erik Jönsson (Husqvarna)   Giovanni Sala (KTM)   Fabio Farioli (KTM)
500 cc four-stroke
1994     Paul Edmondson (Gas Gas)   Giovanni Sala (KTM)   Mario Rinaldi (KTM)     Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna)
1995     Petteri Silván (Husqvarna)   Giovanni Sala (KTM)   Anders Eriksson (Husaberg)     Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna)
1996     Fausto Scovolo (Honda)   Paul Edmondson (Gas Gas)   Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna)     Peter Jansson (Husaberg)
1997     Shane Watts (KTM)   Stéphane Peterhansel (Yamaha)   Mario Rinaldi (KTM)     Kari Tiainen (KTM)
250 cc four-stroke 125 cc two-stroke 250 cc two-stroke 400 cc four-stroke 500 cc four-stroke
1998   Gian-Marco Rossi (Honda)   Roman Michalík (TM)   Giovanni Sala (KTM)   Björne Carlsson (Husaberg)     Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna)
1999   Vesa Kytönen (Kawasaki)   Juha Salminen (KTM)   Petteri Silván (Gas Gas)   Giovanni Sala (KTM)     Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna)
2000   Matteo Rubin (KTM)   Juha Salminen (KTM)   Stefan Merriman (Husqvarna)   Mario Rinaldi (KTM)     Kari Tiainen (KTM)
2001   Stéphane Peterhansel (Yamaha)   Petteri Silván (Husqvarna)   Juha Salminen (KTM)   Stefan Merriman (Husqvarna)     Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna)
2002   Peter Bergvall (Yamaha)   Petteri Silván (Husqvarna)   Samuli Aro (Husqvarna)   Juha Salminen (KTM)     Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna)
2003   Peter Bergvall (Yamaha)   Petri Pohjamo (Gas Gas)   Stefan Merriman (Honda)   Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna)     Juha Salminen (KTM)
E1 E2 E3
2004   Stefan Merriman (Yamaha)   Juha Salminen (KTM)   Samuli Aro (KTM)
2005   Iván Cervantes (KTM)   Samuli Aro (KTM)   David Knight (KTM)
2006   Iván Cervantes (KTM)   Samuli Aro (KTM)   David Knight (KTM)
2007   Juha Salminen (KTM)   Mika Ahola (Honda)   Iván Cervantes (KTM)
2008   Mika Ahola (Honda)   Johnny Aubert (Yamaha)   Samuli Aro (KTM)
2009   Mika Ahola (Honda)   Johnny Aubert (KTM)   Iván Cervantes (KTM)
2010   Antoine Méo (Husqvarna)   Mika Ahola (Honda)   David Knight (KTM)
2011   Juha Salminen (Husqvarna)   Antoine Méo (Husqvarna)   Mika Ahola (Honda)
2012   Antoine Méo (KTM)   Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husaberg)   Christophe Nambotin (KTM)
2013   Antoine Méo (KTM)   Alex Salvini (Honda)   Christophe Nambotin (KTM)
2014   Christophe Nambotin (KTM)   Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husqvarna)   Matthew Phillips (KTM)
2015   Eero Remes (TM Racing)   Antoine Méo (KTM)   Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna)
2016   Eero Remes (TM Racing)   Matthew Phillips (Sherco)   Steve Holcombe (Beta)
Enduro GP Enduro 2
2017   Steve Holcombe (Beta)   Josep García (KTM)
Enduro GP Enduro 1 Enduro 2 Enduro 3
2018   Steve Holcombe (Beta)   Brad Freeman (Beta)   Eero Remes (TM)   Steve Holcombe (Beta)
2019

Overall championshipEdit

 
Eight-time class and five-time overall champion Salminen rides his KTM in 2008.
 
Cristophe Nambotin during 2012 World Enduro Championship in San Juan, Argentina
Season Rider Bike
1998   Giovanni Sala 250 cc KTM
1999   Petteri Silván 250 cc Gas Gas
2000   Juha Salminen 125 cc KTM
2001   Juha Salminen 250 cc KTM
2002   Juha Salminen 400 cc KTM
2003   Juha Salminen 500 cc KTM
2004   Juha Salminen E2 KTM

Junior championshipEdit

 
Thomas Oldrati in 2010
Season Rider Team
2005   Cristóbal Guerrero Gas Gas
2006   Joakim Ljunggren Husaberg
2007   Joakim Ljunggren Husaberg
2008   Thomas Oldrati KTM
2009   Oriol Mena Husaberg
2010   Lorenzo Santolino KTM
2011   Jérémy Joly Honda
2012   Mathias Bellino Husaberg
2013   Matt Phillips Husqvarna
2014   Daniel McCanney Beta
2015   Jamie McCanney Husqvarna
2016   Giacomo Redondi Honda
2017   Brad Freeman Beta
2018   Matteo Cavallo Beta

Women championshipEdit

Season Rider Team
2010   Ludivine Puy Gas Gas
2011   Ludivine Puy Gas Gas
2012   Laia Sanz Gas Gas
2013   Laia Sanz Honda
2014   Laia Sanz Honda
2015   Laia Sanz KTM
2016   Laia Sanz KTM
2017   Maria Franke KTM
2018   Sanna Karkkainen KTM

Youth CupEdit

Season Rider Team
2009   Romain Dumontier Husqvarna
2010   Mario Román KTM
2011   Jonathan Manzi KTM
2012   Giacomo Redondi KTM
2013   Jamie McCanney Husaberg
2014   Davide Soreca Yamaha
2015   Mikael Persson Yamaha
2016   Jack Edmondson KTM
2017   Andrea Verona TM Racing
2018   Ruy Barbosa Husqvarna

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIM in congress - Calendar and rules". ABC-WEC.com. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "EWC Broadcasting in the world". enduro-abc.com. Retrieved 10 October 2011.

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