2017 FIM Long Track World Champion
Born on 2 March 1986 in Bordeaux, France
MON DIEU MATHIEU!
Mathieu Trésarrieu ended France’s long wait for its first FIM Track Racing gold medal when he collected the FIM Long Track World Championship in September after a thrilling meeting in Morizes went to the final race before the title was decided. Tresarrieu, the youngest of three racing brothers, held his nerve to maintain a four-point lead he had taken into the last round to become the first Frenchman to win this competition.
Although he had headed the series from the second round Tresarrieu had to fight off a strong challenge from German debutant Michal Hartel but reached the final knowing that he needed only one point to secure his place in history. The 30-year-old used his experience to sit contently in fourth place and follow the battle at the front as Hartel’s challenge faltered.
The bronze medal in the series went to Czech rider Josef Franc. Thanks to strong performances in the second part of the series he was able to overhaul James Shanes, another debutant with a bright future whose fourth place is another significant achievement and an optimistic pointer to the future of this track racing discipline and the next generation of racers.
With young riders such as Hartel, Shanes and Dutch newcomer Romano Hummel ready to challenge the established stars, the future of Long Track is looking bright.
World title – 2017