FIM Snowcross World Championship continues in Oppdal

28.02.2007: FIM Snowcross World Championship continues in Oppdal

After the first two thrilling rounds in Switzerland, the FIM Snowcross World Championship did not have much luck. The round in Lahti, Finland, was cancelled because of prohibitive weather conditions, and the standings did not change from Veysonnaz.

Defending Champion Peter Ericson is still leading, but this Saturday’s round in Oppdal, Norway, will reopen the chase for the Title.

There are many challengers aiming at overtaking the Swedish Lynx racer, as his countrymen Daniel Olofsson, Viktor Stenman, and Johan Eriksson, being right behind him in the standings.

Also Ski Doo mounted Finn Tomi Ahmasalo will take part in the battle; with his home round being cancelled, Oppdal represents his chance to make up ground on the leaders. After he won all three Heats of the opening round of the European series in Otepaa, he said: "I want to make it again in the World Championship, this weekend in Norway. I need two wins to catch Peter Ericson".

So far the only winners of the seasons were Peter Ericson, who won the first round with two amazing back to back Heat wins, and Daniel Olofsson, winner of the second round.

The home riders will be Norwegians Jostein Biti, Magnus Lindback, Jørn Tore Pettersen, Bjorn Terje Heggeli, Stein Kristian Strand, Inge Hallonen, Lars Ostby Nilsen.

Snowcross is not only thrilling jumps: the round in Oppdal is a chance to go deeper into this sport.

Oppdal is a beautiful town at about 400 kms from the capital Oslo, and only 100 kms away from the fascinating Norwegian Sea. The town is rich in attractions for tourists: a rural museum with about 4000 registered items; a timber cruciform church from 1651; an ancient burial ground –the largest in Norway- with 750 graves from the Iron Age.

2007 FIM Snowcross World Championship standings after the first two rounds:

1 ERIKSSON Peter SWE LYNX 92
2 OLOFSSON Daniel SWE SKI-DOO 78
3 STENMAN Viktor SWE ARCTIC CAT 77
4 ERIKSSON Johan SWE POLARIS 71
5 AHMASALO Tomi FIN SKI-DOO 67
6 GRANBERG Fredrik SWE SKI-DOO 55
7 ÖHMANN Emil SWE LYNX 54
8 TOPPALA Hannu FIN POLARIS 45
9 PLONER Alessandro ITA POLARIS 42
10 EVENSSON Marcus SWE POLARIS 38
11 HONKA Jussi FIN ARCTIC CAT 37
12 LANG Dan SWE LYNX 36
13 BACKMAN Jorgen SWE ARCTIC CAT 35
14 HERTEN Fredrik FIN SKI-DOO 28
15 KORSUMÄKI Niko FIN LYNX 27
16 GRUBER Harald ITA LYNX 24
17 TAPIO Janne FIN LYNX 22
18 MERLI Christian ITA LYNX 18
19 HERTEN Viktor FIN SKI-DOO 16
20 NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI Jarmo FIN ARCTIC CAT 9
21 CONTESSI Michele ITA ARCTIC CAT 5
22 GURNDIN Peter ITA SKI-DOO 4

2007 FIM Snowcross World Championship calendar

26 Jan (Fri) SWITZERLAND Veysonnaz
27 Jan (Sat) SWITZERLAND Veysonnaz
3 Mar (Sat) NORWAY Oppdal
31 Mar (Sat) SWEDEN Falun

Last update: 23 February 2007

Snowmobiles specifications:

Snowmobiles are unique machines that can be classified as a mix between a motorbike and a jet ski.

The average length is about three metres, while the average weight is about 230 kilos. Riders have to be very skilled, if they want to push a snowmobile to its limit.

The snowmobiles taking part in the FIM Snowcross World Championship are grouped in the Pro-Racer class. This class only includes snowmobiles of the Category II, Group E, with two stroke engines up to 600cc maximum, and four stroke engines up to 1000cc maximum.

At the rear end, there is a central track delivering a massive amount of power, up to 180 bhps, and pushing the machines to speeds of 160 kph.

The steering is based on skates, placed on the front end.

The Snowcross meetings are organized as follows:

2 X Free Practice/2 Groups
10 minutes
20 riders per Group

1 X Qualifying Race/2 Groups
7 laps
20 riders per Group

1 X Last Chance Qualifying Practice
15 minutes
All remaining non-qualified riders

2 X Races
12 laps
20 riders

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