- World Enduro Championship
FIM World Enduro Championship
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Sport Motorcycle sport Founded 1990 Country(ies) International Most recent champion(s) E1 Juha Salminen
E2 Antoine Méo
E3 Mika Ahola
The FIM World Enduro Championship (WEC) is the world championship series for enduro, a popular form of off-road motorcycle sport. The championship currently features three classes (E1, E2 and E3), along with separate categories for junior and female riders. The WEC was first organized in 1990, and currently consists of 16 races based on eight two-day events. All rounds include an enduro test, a motocross test and an extreme test.
The World Enduro Championship began in 1990, replacing the FIM European Enduro Championship, which had been contested since 1968. The European championship was later re-started by the Union Européenne de Motocyclisme (UEM) in 1993. The WEC had six classes from 1990 to 1993, after which the 80 cc and 500 cc 2-stroke championships were discontinued. The series continued with four classes, 125, 250, 350 and 500 cc, until the 1998 season, which saw 250 cc 4-stroke as a new class and the 350 cc replaced by 400 cc. In 1998, all rounds also counted towards an overall championship, which was continued until 2004.
The competition classes of the WEC were revised for the 2004 season. The number of classes was reduced to three, and 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines were now competing in the same classes. The new classes were named Enduro 1, Enduro 2 and Enduro 3. The 2005 season saw a new addition; the Enduro Junior class (EJ). The age limit in the junior class was originally 21 years, but was later changed to 23. A class for female riders, Enduro Women, was started in 2010.
The points system of the WEC originally awarded points for 15 best riders in each class, starting with 20 for the winner, 17 for second place and 15 for third. Since the 2004 season, the twenty fastest riders have received points, with 25 going to the winner of each class, 22 for the second fastest and 20 for the third-placed rider.
The 2007 championship included six events in Europe, one in the United States and one in Canada. In the 2008 season, all eights rounds were held in Europe. The current main broadcaster of the championship is Eurosport 2. In South America and Oceania, the series is broadcasted on ESPN and Fox Sports, respectively.
- Enduro 1 (E1) – 100 to 125 cc 2-stroke or 175 - 250 cc 4-stroke
- Enduro 2 (E2) – 175 to 250 cc 2-stroke or 290 - 450 cc 4-stroke
- Enduro 3 (E3) – 290 to 500 cc 2-stroke or 475 - 650 cc 4-stroke
Season 80 cc 2-stroke 125 cc 2-stroke 250 cc 2-stroke 350 cc 4-stroke 500 cc 2-stroke +350 cc 4-stroke 1990 Thomas Bieberbach (Simson) Paul Edmondson (KTM) Kari Tiainen (Suzuki) Otakar Kotrba (Husqvarna) Peter Hansson (KTM) Jimmie Eriksson (Husaberg) 1991 Pierfranco Muraglia (Kawasaki) Jeff Nilsson (KTM) Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna) Kent Karlsson (Husaberg) Sven-Erik Jönsson (Husqvarna) Jaroslav Katriňák (Husaberg) 1992 Gian-Marco Rossi (HRD) Jeff Nilsson (KTM) Giorgio Grasso (Kawasaki) Mario Rinaldi (KTM) Tulio Pellegrinelli (Honda) Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna) 1993 Gian-Marco Rossi (TM) Paul Edmondson (Husqvarna) Giorgio Grasso (Kawasaki) Sven-Erik Jönsson (Husqvarna) Giovanni Sala (KTM) Fabio Farioli (KTM) 500 cc 4-stroke 1994 Paul Edmondson (Gas Gas) Giovanni Sala (KTM) Mario Rinaldi (KTM) Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna) 1995 Petteri Silván (Husqvarna) Giovanni Sala (KTM) Anders Eriksson (Husaberg) Kari Tiainen (Husqvarna) 1996 Fausto Scovolo (Honda) Paul Edmondson (Gas Gas) Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna) Peter Jansson (Husaberg) 1997 Shane Watts (KTM) Stéphane Peterhansel (Yamaha) Mario Rinaldi (KTM) Kari Tiainen (KTM) 250 cc 4-stroke 400 cc 4-stroke 1998 Gian-Marco Rossi (Honda) Roman Michalík (TM) Giovanni Sala (KTM) Björne Carlsson (Husaberg) Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna) 1999 Vesa Kytönen (Kawasaki) Juha Salminen (KTM) Petteri Silván (Gas Gas) Giovanni Sala (KTM) Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna) 2000 Matteo Rubin (KTM) Juha Salminen (KTM) Stefan Merriman (Husqvarna) Mario Rinaldi (KTM) Kari Tiainen (KTM) 2001 Stéphane Peterhansel (Yamaha) Petteri Silván (Husqvarna) Juha Salminen (KTM) Stefan Merriman (Husqvarna) Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna) 2002 Peter Bergvall (Yamaha) Petteri Silván (Husqvarna) Samuli Aro (Husqvarna) Juha Salminen (KTM) Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna) 2003 Peter Bergvall (Yamaha) Petri Pohjamo (Gas Gas) Stefan Merriman (Honda) Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna) Juha Salminen (KTM) E1 E2 E3 2004 Stefan Merriman (Yamaha) Juha Salminen (KTM) Samuli Aro (KTM) 2005 Iván Cervantes (KTM) Samuli Aro (KTM) David Knight (KTM) 2006 Iván Cervantes (KTM) Samuli Aro (KTM) David Knight (KTM) 2007 Juha Salminen (KTM) Mika Ahola (Honda) Iván Cervantes (KTM) 2008 Mika Ahola (Honda) Johnny Aubert (Yamaha) Samuli Aro (KTM) 2009 Mika Ahola (Honda) Johnny Aubert (KTM) Iván Cervantes (KTM) 2010 Antoine Méo (Husqvarna) Mika Ahola (Honda) David Knight (KTM) 2011 Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) Antoine Méo (Husqvarna) Mika Ahola (Honda)
Season Rider Bike 1998 Giovanni Sala 250 cc KTM 1999 Petteri Silván 250 cc Gas Gas 2000 Juha Salminen 125 cc KTM 2001 Juha Salminen 250 cc KTM 2002 Juha Salminen 400 cc KTM 2003 Juha Salminen 500 cc KTM 2004 Juha Salminen E2 KTM
Season Rider Team 2005 Cristóbal Guerrero Gas Gas 2006 Joakim Ljunggren Husaberg 2007 Joakim Ljunggren Husaberg 2008 Thomas Oldrati KTM 2009 Oriol Mena Husaberg 2010 Lorenzo Santolino KTM 2011 Jérémy Joly Honda
- ^ "The FIM in congress - Calendar and rules". ABC-WEC.com. 24 October 2007. http://old.enduro-abc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=189&Itemid=17. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
- ^ "EWC Broadcasting in the world". enduro-abc.com. http://www.enduro-abc.com/index.php?model=page&action=view_object&object_id=51. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
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