2019 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion
Born on 12 April 1995 in Poland
Born on 12 April 1995 in Poland
Born on 28 March 1999 in New Zealand
Etienne Bax (Driver)
Born on 9 August 1988 in Netherlands
Kaspars Stupelis (Passenger)
Born on 7 July 1992 in Latvia
Born on 17 January 1991 in France
Born on 15 April 1989 in Southampton, United Kingdom
Sam Sunderland (KTM) ensured that there would be no repeat of his 2017 disappointment, when he missed out on the title at the final round, by wrapping up the 2019 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship with a round to spare.
In the absence of 2017 and 2018 champions Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) and Toby Price (KTM) through injury, 2016 runner-up Sunderland stepped up to secure a commanding opening-round win at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge over impressive youngsters Nacho Cornejo (Honda) of Chile, who took two stage wins, and Argentina’s Luciano Benavides (KTM).
Round two saw the spectacular Silk Way Rally included on the FIM calendar for the first time, the riders taking on five thousand kilometres from Irkutsk in Russia, through the Taiga forests of Eastern Siberia and then crossing the Mongolian steppes to finish in the Gobi Desert in China. This time Sunderland prevailed over Andrew Short (Husqvarna) and Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) to set up his title chance at Rally Atacama in Chile.
Quintanilla returned from an eight-month absence since injuring his ankle on the Dakar Rally to win his home round on the final stage, whilst Price also came back from a long lay-off due to a broken scaphoid, winning the prologue stage as well as the fourth desert stage to take fourth overall. However, second position for Sunderland was enough to seal the title and emulate factory team-mates Price and Matthias Walkner as a winner of both the Dakar Rally and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.
World title - 2019
Born on 4 August 2002 in Madrid, Spain
GONZALEZ IS THE MAN
Manuel González (Kawasaki) emerged as the standout rider in the 2019 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, claiming more wins than any other rider and taking the title with a round to spare. The youngster from Madrid gave a hint of his potential in the final three rounds of 2018, when he scored three consecutive podiums – the first, at Misano, making him the youngest rider to feature on a WorldSSP300 podium, one month before his sixteenth birthday.
After switching from Yamaha to Kawasaki for 2019, González took his first pole position in the opening round at Aragón and then shattered 2017 champion Marc García’s record as the youngest WorldSSP300 race winner by a full ten months. Another victory followed in round two at Assen before torrential rain at Imola saw the race cancelled and rescheduled as a double-header at Jerez.
Garcia (Kawasaki) picked up his first win of the season in race one, but González fought back to beat him by just 0.019 seconds in race two, with defending champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki) a further 0.029 seconds further back. Carrasco then took her first win of the campaign at Misano but a cool second from González ensured that even a no-score at Donington Park, when he crashed and hurt his shoulder on a wet track, caused minimum damage to his healthy points lead.
Second place behind the consistent Dutchman Scott Deroue (Kawasaki) at Portimao meant that twelve points over two the final rounds would be enough, but González bucked the trend in WorldSSP300 by wrapping things up with a round to spare, thanks to a perfectly-judged second place behind Carrasco at Magny-Cours.
FIM Supersport 300 World Champion - 2019
Riders: Glenn Coldenhoff, Jeffrey Herlings, Calvin Vlaanderen
Born on 5 February 1996 in Marmande, France
BERGÉ BITES BACK
Dimitri Bergé made up for his capitulation in the final meeting of the FIM Long Track World Championship last year, when he conceded the title by a single point to Martin Smolinski, gaining revenge on his German rival in a dramatic climax to 2019.
Smolinski took an early championship lead with twenty-four points from the opening round on home turf in Herxheim and after Bergé levelled the scores in his own local round at La Reole, the German edged ahead again by three points in Mühldorf. Home advantage then swung back the way of Bergé at Morizes, where the pair met four times with honours even at two wins apiece, but the Frenchman claiming the final to take the championship lead for the first time.
With just one point between them going to Roden in the Netherlands for their title showdown, the pair traded points throughout the qualifying races and were tied going into the semi-finals. The championship was effectively decided when Smolinski made a rash move on former champion Mathieu Trésarrieu and clipped the Frenchman’s rear wheel, bringing down both riders, and was disqualified.
With Trésarrieu too far adrift in the championship to challenge, Bergé duly won the other semi-final to ensure his first individual title and provide 2019 FIM Long Track of Nations winners France with their second gold medal of the year.
World title – 2019