Rider line-up builds ahead of 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship start
Wels, Austria – April 15, 2021 — With registration for the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship open and in full swing, a growing list of manufacturers, teams and world-class riders are already committed to the inaugural season of racing.
In what’s set to become a bumper series with eight rounds being held at world-class Hard Enduro venues, competitors, both amateur and professional, are making sure they’re signed up for the action.
As interest continues to grow, competitors from 13 different nations have already signed up to compete in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, while manufacturer participation comes from Sherco, KTM, Husqvarna, Beta, GASGAS, and Yamaha, among others.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing look to the top step of the podium with 2019 WESS Champion Manuel Lettenbichler at the helm. A star of the 2019 series and Red Bull Romaniacs race winner in 2020, Lettenbichler unquestionably starts 2021 as the rider to beat.
Sherco Factory Racing field a duo of title contenders in Mario Roman and Wade Young. The French manufacturer will be hoping Roman can repeat his Extreme XL Lagares winning form of 2019 when the season begins in less than four weeks.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s trio of Billy Bolt, Graham Jarvis and Alfredo Gomez are also looking tough to beat. Bolt is the 2018 WESS champion with Gomez runner-up in 2019, while Jarvis is simply a Hard Enduro legend.
Walker’s Beta debut
Of course, anticipation builds as Jonny Walker is set to make is debut with Beta Motorcycles. Following his 10-year career with KTM, it will be exciting to see him compete in new colours.
GASGAS Factory Racing also look strong with a mix of experience and youth within their team. Taddy Blazusiak is always hungry for success, while Michael Walkner is a young Austrian rider to watch out for. Yamaha weigh into the Hard Enduro mix for the first time with the supremely talented Pol Tarres.
Changing colours for 2021, TTR Squadra Corse field a three-rider team of Travis Teasdale, Kevin Gallas and Azzalini Alessandro on GASGAS machinery and will be a privateer force to be reckoned with among the factory outfits.
Jarvis Husqvarna Racing – managed by Graham Jarvis – are also a new team to watch for in 2021. The team’s five riders include Bulgaria’s Teodor Kabakchiev and Britain’s Will Hoare, Jonathan Richardson, Sam Winterburn and Grant Churchward. Featuring a real mix of raw, young talent under the guidance of Graham, expect fireworks!
Add in a wealth of youngsters like Israel’s Suff Sella, Russia’s David Leonov, Germany’s Tim Apolle and Leon Hentschel plus South Africa’s Matt Green who have all signed up, and the countdown is firmly on to round one in Portugal.
For those wishing to be counted in the official championship standings, competitors – both professional and amateur, registration for the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship is open.
Quick and easy, registration takes just three minutes to do. An FIM International Enduro licence is required to register. Riders can obtain these from their national federations. A list of 2021 FIM affiliated federations can be found here.
Championship registration does NOT automatically enter riders for each round of the series. Please contact event organisers directly for entry.
The eight-round FIM Hard Enduro World Championship begins with Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal on May 7-9.
2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship calendar
Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares – Portugal, May 7/8/9
Round 2: Red Bull Erzbergrodeo – Austria, June 3/4/5/6
Round 3: Abestone Hard Enduro – Italy, July 10/11
Round 4: Red Bull Romaniacs – Romania, July 27/28/29/30/31
Round 5: Red Bull TKO – USA, August 13/14/15
Round 6: HERO Challenge – Poland, September 11/12
Round 7: Hixpania Hard Enduro – Spain, October 1/2/3
Round 8: GetzenRodeo – Germany, October 29/30