Team France

France

2018 FIM Team Long Track World Champion

Riders: Mathieu Trésarrieu, David Bellego, Dimitri Bergé, Stéphane Trésarrieu
Team Manage: Laurent Sambarrey

FRANCE TAKE FAMOUS HOME WIN

Riders from six countries did battle for the FIM Team Long Track World Championship in 2018, with France coming out on top of a thrilling event in front of their ecstatic home fans in Morizes. Teams of three riders, plus a reserve, over 15 heats to decide the destination of the Don Godden Trophy, with the French team living up to their billing as the pre-event favourites with a comfortable eight-point winning margin over Great Britain.

2017 winners Germany, who had won eight out of the eleven previous finals, had a significantly weakened team for this year with Martin Smolinski unavailable, Michael Härtel and David Pfeffer both injured and the out-of-form Stefan Katt giving his place to one of the younger riders. With Dimitri Bergé and Mathieu Trésarrieu both in contention for the individual championship it was easy to see why France were so well fancied and they did not disappoint, taking a crucial 10-5 win over the Brits when they met in Heat 2 and never looking likely to lose their lead.

Great Britain last won the competition in 2015 and their second place was well earned with both James Shanes and experienced captain Chris Harris scoring heavily, whilst the depleted German team were very happy with their bronze medal place after the selection problems that had surrounded Team Manager Josef Hukelmann.

The Netherlands also had injury problems with Romano Hummel and Henry Van der Steen both out, putting the pressure on Theo Pijper, whose 20 points were just not enough to lift them onto the podium as they finished four points adrift of third place.

France - FFM

2018 FIM Motocross of Nations

Team Manager: Pascal Finot
Riders: Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis, Jordi Tixier

SIX STAR FRANCE!

The world’s biggest, oldest and most famous one-day team motorsport race landed on American soil for the first time since 2010 as the 72nd edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations bulged the fences at RedBud and the roars of 81,000 fans bounced off the low grey cloud in Michigan, as Team France hoisted the Chamberlain trophy for the fifth year in a row.

While each fan and nation had their favourites for the win it was one of the most competitive and deeply talented MXoN fields ever. With pride on the line and patriotism in their hearts 30 teams entered the competition but the field was narrowed to 20 for the final day, with 19 qualifiers and the winners of the B-Final, which proved to be the popular, all-star fund-raising Team Puerto Rico line-up of Travis Pastrana, Kevin Windham, and Ryan Sipes.

However, it was the more established nations that showed their quality and experience on race day, with FIM MXoN veteran Gautier Paulin leading Dylan Ferrandis and Jordi Tixier as France claimed overall victory by just two points over the Italian team of Antonio Cairoli, Michele Cervellin, and Alessandro Lupino.

The home crowd were hungry for Team USA success and a first win since 2011 but the trio of Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and Aaron Plessinger had neither the starts nor the pace to shut down the European threat as the Netherlands - led by the outstanding Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff along with Calvin Vlaanderen – took the final podium position.

There were other memorable moments including superb performances by Team Great Britain’s Tommy Searle and Ben Watson, Hunter Lawrence’s efforts in dragging Australia into podium contention and the domination of the Dutch as the races were controlled by Herlings and Coldenhoff. However, even that wasn’t enough to prevent France from extending their incredible run of success at the MXoN to five straight seasons.

2017 FIM Motocross of Nations

Team Manager: Pascal Finot
Riders: Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, Christophe Charlier

FANTASTIC FOURTH FOR FRANCE

The 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations presented by FIAT Professional took place at one of the best circuits in the world, with the scenic setting of Matterley Basin in the UK welcoming almost forty countries to the 71st edition of this famous team event. The undulating and quick layout close to Winchester had been updated this year with new additions and extended track length, providing a fantastic stage for over 70,000 fans to defy typically wet English weather and watch some gripping racing.

Competing nations came from as far afield as Brazil, Thailand and Iran but once again there would be a familiar name on the trophy as Team France emerged as the fastest MX country for the fourth year in a row. The trio was again led by Gautier Paulin, ably assisted by Romain Febvre and Christophe Charlier, who became just the third athlete in history to pick up gold medals at the ISDE and the MXoN in the same year. Charlier was a late addition to the team though performed his role in the MX2 class admirably, whilst Paulin has now overseen victory for the French in Latvia, France, Italy and the UK. Febvre also reached a hat-trick of achievements at the sport’s flagship annual celebration.

The holders were challenged by the Netherlands and a returning line-up of Glenn Coldenhoff, Brian Bogers, and Jeffrey Herlings, who took the runner-up spot for the second year in a row. To the delight of the raucous home fans, third place went to Team Great Britain, with double race-winner Max Anstie helping ensure a podium appearance for the Union flag for the first time in 20 years.
 

France - FFM

2018 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

Team Manager: Sébastien Bonnal
Riders: Thomas Chareyre, Laurent Fath, Sylvain Bidart

FRANCE, CHALLENGED BUT UNBEATEN!

Team France took gold in the 2018 FIM SuperMoto of Nations for the fifth successive season although this was one of the closest and most entertaining editions of the series yet. Race day started at Circuit de la Ribera in Guadassuar, Spain, in warm and sunny conditions with fans packing out the stands of the fast and spectacular racetrack near Valencia and they weren’t to be disappointed with three dramatic and exciting races.

Team Italy rider Diego Monticelli took the holeshot in the first race but he was passed immediately by French pole setter Laurent Fath in the second corner, with Team Spain’s Joan Llados and Milan Sitniansky of the Czech Republic also riding well. When Fath lost ground after twisting his back wheel on a jump, Monticelli pounced for the lead but Team France’s Thomas Chareyre had also made a great start from fourteenth on the grid and was soon closing the gap, making his move with four laps to go to seal the victory ahead of the Italian and the impressive Czech.

In race two it was the third French rider Sylvain Bidart who took the holeshot in front of Monticelli and Sitniansky, whilst his teammate Fath also had a good start from fourteenth and was out for revenge after his technical problems in race one, rapidly climbing up to fourth position. This time it was Bidart that got unlucky, a puncture in his rear tyre ruling him out of podium contention as Monticelli came through for the win, with Fath securing a crucial second place for the French ahead of Sitniansky.

Solid supporting rides from Erik Provaznik and Petr Vorlicek meant that the Czech team led the way into the final race ahead of Spain, Italy and France, but neither were able to make the podium in a dramatic affair that saw Bidart and Chareyre take first and third place, either side of Elia Sammartin in second, as France claimed the win by a single point.

2017 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

Team Manager: Sébastien Bonnal
Riders: Thomas Chareyre, Laurent Fath, Sylvain Bidart

FRANCE OUT IN FRONT AGAIN

France took their sixth victory from twelve editions of the FIM Supermoto of Nations on home territory when the 2017 edition took place in warm and sunny conditions at the Circuit Carole in Tremblay-en-France in September. With the sun out early, lots of spectators found their way to the racetrack near Paris and the grandstands were packed full of Supermoto fans. Circuit Carole is one of the best venues in Europe and all riders felt at home on the spectacular, fast track giving the crowd some fantastic entertainment over the two days of the event. 

As in the individual series, Supermoto legend Thomas Chareyre (TM) was pushed hard by emerging German rivals Markus Class (Husqvarna) and Marc-Reiner Schmidt (SWM) but the Frenchman was ably assisted by Laurent Fath (Honda) and Sylvain Bidart (Honda), who spread the team success over the three races to ensure overall victory. 

After qualifying wins for Chareyre and Fath, the pair finished first and third respectively in the first race, which was for the nominated group 1 and group 2 riders. Class took second place in that race but in the absence of Chareyre in race 2, which was for group 2 and group 3 riders, he took advantage to steal a much-needed victory for Germany. Crucially, however, with Fath and Bidart alongside him on the podium it was advantage France going into the final race. 

With the group 1 riders back in alongside group 3, Chareyre was unleashed once more and with Bidart riding shotgun the pair stormed to a French one-two that put the seal on their fourth title in a row, whilst third place for Edgardo Borella (SWM) secured third overall for Italy.
 

France

2017 FIM ISDE Junior World Trophy

Team manager: Frédéric Weill
Riders: Jeremy Miroir, Hugo Blanjoue, Anthony Geslin

FRANCE'S STARS OF THE FUTURE

Not to be outdone by their senior class team-mates, France’s FIM Junior World Trophy team also claimed ISDE victory on home soil in Brive, finishing on top of a thrilling two-nation fight to the very end of the final day against Italy. Reigning champions Sweden got their title defence off to the best possible start by topping the opening day some twenty-eight seconds ahead of Italy, but their challenge was effectively over on day two when Mikael Persson (Yamaha) ran into technical issues and failed to finish the day, allowing the USA to take over at the top.

Third on day one and second on day two, the French trio of Jeremy Miroir (Husqvarna), Hugo Blanjoue (Yamaha) and Anthony Geslin (Beta) stepped up on day three, finishing twenty-six seconds ahead of Italy to open up a thirty-nine second lead over their Transalpine neighbours as the USA dropped back to third. With just 0.07 seconds between France and Italy on a close day four, France managed to re-establish a twenty-eight second advantage by the end of day four although there was still no room for error during the final full day of competition, with the USA also just under two-minutes behind the leaders.

Italy went on the offensive during the final day motocross races but France hung on to take the overall win by a slender fifteen seconds, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators who turned out to enjoy the thrilling finale. Italy hung on to the runner-up spot ahead of day-six winners the USA, who rounded out the podium.

 

France

2017 FIM ISDE World Trophy

Team manager: Frédéric Weill
Riders: Jérémy Tarroux, Loïc Larrieu, Christophe Nambotin, Christophe Charlier

 

FEARLESS FRENCH TAKE THE CROWN

The 92nd running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Brive, France, was a memorable one for the home nation, who took a clear victory in the FIM World Trophy despite being made to sweat through the final two days with Christophe Nambotin (KTM) forced to ride with broken bones in his hand.

Day one of the dramatic event saw defending champions the USA run into immediate trouble, with Thad Duvall (Husqvarna) crashing on the opening special test and badly injuring his left wrist. Along with Chile and Japan the USA were one of three teams who saw one of their riders’ fail to reach the finish of day one, whilst in stark contrast the French celebrated victory despite Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) picking up a one-minute time penalty.

Competing over the exact same course on day two, a French team that also included Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco) and Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) extended their advantage over Australia to four minutes and nineteen seconds and then had three riders in the top four on day three as they edged further clear. France again dominated day four but their seemingly unstoppable charge to the title was thrown into doubt as Nambotin picked up a serious hand injury, allowing Australia to take a 28-second chunk out of their lead on day five. 

With questions over Nambotin's fitness for the final-day motocross races, even a sizeable seven-minute and thirty-two second cushion did not look safe although all four French riders made it to the line without problems, Nambotin producing one of the most hard-fought performances of the event to ensure the home nation took the spoils. Final day victory for Australia secured second  place ahead of Finland.
 

France

2016 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

SIX STAR FRANCE

The eleventh edition of the FIM SuperMoto of Nations took place in warm and sunny conditions at the Circuit d’Alcarràs in Spain in October. Sixteen teams from thirteen countries – including Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, and the returning Brazil - were all looking to dethrone defending champions France, who lined FIM SuperMoto World Champion Thomas Chareyre (TM) up with Sylvain Bidart (Honda) and, for the first time, Laurent Fath (Honda). With riders number one and two taking part in the first race of three, there was a perfect start for France as Chareyre stormed to victory from seventeenth on the grid, taking the lead from Fath on the third lap and leading his young team-mate to a French one-two.

Third place in that race for Milan Sitniansky (Honda) established the Czech team as France's main threat but a strong second place for Fath in a Race 2 won by Germany's Marc Reiner Schmidt (TM), combined with fourth for Czech rider Petr Vorlicek (Suzuki), extended the French team's advantage ahead of the third and final race.

A dominant Race 3 win for Chareyre by almost ten seconds from Schmidt, who virtually single-handedly lifted the Germans onto the overall podium, sealed a convincing victory for France, adding the 2016 edition to their successes of 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

TEAM MANAGER

Sébastien Bonnal

RIDERS

Thomas Chareyre
Laurent Fath
Sylvain Bidart

France

2016 FIM Motocross of Nations

THREE IN A ROW FOR THE “TRICOLORES”

The 70th Motocross of Nations took place in front of an 85’000 crowd at the historic and iconic Maggiora Park circuit north of Milan, Italy, and the traditional season curtain-closer could not have bade farewell to the motocross campaign in a better fashion. Wearing the ‘1, 2, 3’ plates as reigning champions and winners in Latvia in 2014 and so memorably on home turf at Ernee last year, the French squad made up of 2015 FIM MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre, backed up by Gautier Paulin (2015 FIM MXGP runner-up) and Benoit Paturel (3rd in 2016 FIM MX2 World Championship), again lifted the Peter Chamberlain Trophy after a close and dramatic contest that was decided on the last lap of the third and final race.

Maggiora was packed to the rafters for three races that brought the twenty fastest countries together with their three-man teams from an initial entry of thirty-eight. After the superiority of Febvre’s first race win, Italian Tony Cairoli’s 2-2 scorecard that thrilled the crowd, the dice between USA’s Jason Anderson and MX Open class winner Jeffrey Herlings, and Anderson’s bizarre post-race accident, Cooper Webb needed to gather vital points for the Americans but fell with two laps to go. After a resurgent charge by the Dutch and Febvre’s last lap pass on Britain’s Tommy Searle for fourth place, the French were able to celebrate for the third time and only fifteen years after they ‘owned’ the Nations for the very first time. It could not have been much closer.

TEAM MANAGER

Pascal Finot

RIDERS

Benoit Paturel
Gautier Paulin
Romain Febvre