In just four weeks’ time the 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship will fire into life in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal where the Motor Clube do Marco will host the long-awaited opening round of the six-event series.
Returning to the place where the shortened 2020 championship drew to a dramatic and very wet close, the challenging Portuguese terrain and picturesque countryside is set to ensure a memorable start to what all involved hope will be a competitive, challenging, and full championship.
“Like so many, the start of the 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship is something everyone involved in the enduro commission and the championship is looking forward to,” comments John Collins, FIM Enduro Commission Director. “While the decision taken last year to push back the start of the series to mid-June is, all being well, one that will allow us to deliver six great events and an uninterrupted championship, we must be mindful of the wider pandemic situation and its possible impact on the series. That said, our goal is to return the championship to where it belongs following the challenging situation we faced in 2020.”
Bringing together six events from established organisational teams and motor clubs, and with each event delivering their own unique challenges to the riders, the 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship has a strong focus on quality. From the championship-opening Portuguese and Italian events to the mid-season Estonian and Swedish races to the championship-concluding German and French rounds, all races have been included knowing that they will well represent the values of traditional enduro sport.
“From the first race in Portugal to the final in France, the series brings together six strong races with all organisers importantly having prior experience of running successful world championship events in recent years,” adds Collins. “Yes, a slightly longer championship would have been preferred by many, but we have to be realistic – these are difficult times for organisers and many competitors alike, so we have to be grateful for the quality events we have and look forwards with optimism.
“All rounds take place in the enduro heart lands of their respective countries, offering a great mix of different terrains, but importantly, they also take the championship to places where enduro sport has a known strong following. Despite the pandemic situation, we are doing all we can to re-connect EnduroGP with the very best events. Ensuring quality races is the priority, working on extending the championship in the years to come will very much be the focus.”
Split into three ‘tours’ that each consist of two events run on consecutive weekends, the championship starts in southern Europe with the GP of Portugal and GP of Italy in June before moving north to the GP of Estonia and the GP of Sweden in July and then finally to central Europe for the closing GP of Germany and GP of France in October.
“Running FIM Enduro World Championship events back-to-back, in blocks of two events, is important to the championship and something that is part of the series’ 30-year history”, continues Collins. “As well as allowing riders to compete in and support their national championship between world championship races, it provides a unique challenge to all riders and their teams. The physical, mental, mechanical and logistical challenges are part of what makes the Enduro World Championship what it is.”
With four weeks to go before the GP of Portugal welcomes riders from across Europe and further afield, the FIM Enduro Commission, together with all of the event organising teams, is doing all that is needed to ensure safe and Covid compliant events.
“Ensuring everyone involved in the championship is safe is our priority, while also ensuring that events run in as normal a way as possible,” concludes Collins. “Things aren’t back-to-normal yet, but the Enduro Commission is confident that all riders will thoroughly enjoy the series and that those riders that eventually taste success in 2021 will have truly earned their right to call themselves world champion.”
Round 1 GP of Portugal Marco de Canaveses 18-20 June
Round 2 GP of Italy Edolo 25-27 June
Round 3 GP of Estonia Saaremaa 16-18 July
Round 4 GP of Sweden Skövde 22-24 July
Round 5 GP of Germany Zschopau 8-10 October
Round 6 GP of France Langeac 15-17 October