Fim Snowcross World Championship to take off in Veysonnaz this Friday

24.01.2007: Fim Snowcross World Championship to take off in Veysonnaz this Friday

Switzerland will open the FIM Snowcross World Championship season, that will begin this Friday at Veysonnaz.

The track location has been moved up to an altitude of 2000 metres. The change will make the event even more selective, because the riders need to be perfectly fit to give their best at such an altitude. But they all are, because the FIM Snowcross World Championship participants are the best snowmobile riders in the world.

40 riders can enter each round, but only the fastest 20 of them will enter the two 12 lap Races, that pay Snowcross World Championship points.

Surely defending Champion Peter Ericson will be in those 20 with his Lynx, and he will be chased by two times World Champion and Lynx fellow rider Janne Tapio, who finished second last year.

Also Tomi Ahmasalo proved to be an extremely good rider, by finishing fourth in 2006, and Johan Eriksson seems to be up for a fight too.

There will be a Canadian rider, Jérôme Gerber, having strong top five ambitions.

Hosting the first two rounds of the FIM Snowcross World Championship, one on Friday and the other one on Saturday, Veysonnaz will be a tough season opener, that will tell a lot about the favourites for the crown.

All the races will start at 3.30 pm (local time), both on Friday and Saturday.

2004 and 2005 Snowcross World Champion Janne Tapio said: "I am well at the moment, and I look forward to Veysonnaz. The new Lynx has not as much power as last year, and I have to ride it more aggressively. But I know that I am fast enough to win another Title".


2007 FIM Snowcross World Championship calendar

26 Jan (Fri) SWITZERLAND Veysonnaz
27 Jan (Sat) SWITZERLAND Veysonnaz
0 Feb (Sat) FINLAND Lahti
3 Mar (Sat) NORWAYOppdal
10 Mar (Sat) GERMANY Sayda
11 Mar (Sun) GERMANY Sayda
31 Mar (Sat) SWEDEN Falun

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

Snowcross facts:
The riders’ minimum age is 16

The track length is between 500 and 1600 metres

The track average width is about 7 metres

The average speed during a Snowcross World Championship race is 60 kph

Most of the Snowcross World Championship riders practice Motocross as training

There is an autograph session in each round of the Championship

In each round there is a Press Conference with the top three riders of the Races

Youthstream is the company that manages the exclusive television, marketing and promotional world wide rights of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the FIM Motocross of Nations, the FIM SuperMoto World Championship, the FIM SuperMoto of Nations, the FIM Snowcross World Championship, the UEM Motocross European Championship and the UEM SuperMoto European Championship.

- Daniel RIZZI -


24.01.2007 / MaP

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