This free, annual event has developed into the world’s biggest electric motocross race. With four manufacturers participating, a line-up of fast riders and different exciting race formats the E-MX Race of Champions is due to make the next step in its history.
E-MX Race of Champions
True to form the most prestigious electric motocross event in the world attracts som fine racer folk. And since everyone is riding the same KTM Freeride-E bikes close racing is guranteed! Traditionally the famous Red Bull-KTM squad has found happy hunting grounds in Zolder. With Stefan Everts and Jonass Pauls they produced two E-MX champions so far. This year the works KTM team will enter likeable young Dutchie Davy Pootjes and flying Kiwi Josiah Natzke.
Home riders include Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing’s Yentel Martens, Marvin Van Daele and David Cools. Martens currently leads the EMX300 series and he is used to the Freeride-E. Former Belgian MX2 champion Jens Getteman will be another GP rider behind the gate. Interestingly, Holland’s EE-X Parc riders will once again be a forced to be reckoned with. While these guys don’t have Grand Prix experience they’re certainly crafty on a motorcycle and they know the KTM Freeride-E inside out! EE-X Parc’s Daan Bruijsten even made the podium two years ago. Last year both Jorn Zoetekouw and Rob Van Uden made the top-6.
Straight forward and back
Riders taking part in the E-MX Race of Champions will also be seen in another event; the all-new straight forward and back. Sounds familiar? That’s because it is! This is a one-versus-one shootout on a straight 100 metres-long section that features whoops, table top jumps and doubles. The return straight gives the rider behind the possibility to come back but the knockout tournament format will force everyone to go all-in! European FMX legend and former supercross rider Jimmy ‘Jimbo’ Verburgh designed this very special track. We can’t wait to see it.
It’s fair to say that cyclocross riders are the most technically gifted of all cyclists. Obviously this special breed of mud warriors feels at home on knobbies. And Zolder is equally familiar terrain having staged UCI World championships and World Cup rounds. So how do these famous cyclocross riders cope with an entirely new discipline? Let’s find out! The E-cyclocross riders pits professional CX riders on a specially built course riding the revolutionary Bultaco Brinco. This electrical fun machine allows both pedalling and electrical propulsion. Intrigued? So are we!
E-Race of future champions
Eight up and coming young MX riders will compete aboard the electrical Kuberg bikes in the E-Race of future champions. A must-see for everyone who wants to spot the stars of tomorrow! But don’t be fooled, these little shredders are already pretty familiar with the throttle. Riders: Liam Everts, Yoran Moens, Sacha Coenen, Luca Coenen, Axel De Groe, Troy Verburgh…
Austria has KTM, the Czech Republic has Kuberg and the iconic relaunched Spanish brand Bultaco show how manufacturers all over Europe are getting into electric motorcycles. Given the massive history of Italy and motorsport it’s no surprise that an Italian constructor has entered the market as well. The Tacita T-Race is a 100% green, explosive powerhouse. This is definitely not a toy but a full-blown off-road motorcycle!
Kuberg offers everyone aged between 5 and 15 the opportunity to give electric bikes a go. Parent and child just need to present themselves at the Kuberg stand at the back of the track. For a small fee you can discover all the fun of E-MX yourself! Bikes are available to try between 17h and 21h. More about this little wonders here: http://www.e-wheels.be
Catching up with your buddies, enjoying a snack or a drink and listening to the coolest beats spun by the Red Bull DJ while watching the race action. You guessed it, this is a different kind of (motor)sport event but we’re sure you’ll love it. See you in Zolder!
Entrance: free, including free parking
Where: Circuit Zolder, MX Circuit Zolder (paddock 1)
When: Tuesday 14 June 2016
Address: Terlamen 30, 3550 Heusden-Zolder (Belgium)
Timing: E-MX Race of Champions
17h 00 Free practice
18h 30 Qualifying E-MX race of Champions
19h 00 Qualifying Straight Forward… and Back
20h 00 E-Race of Future Champions
20h 20 E- Cyclocross race
20h 35 Finale Straight Forward… and Back
20h 50 E-MX race of Champions final + Podium