FIM e-Bike Cross World Cup - Mons, Belgium Round 1
Sunday (30th April) marked the first event in the FIM E-Bike Cross World Cup which took place in Mons, Belgium. Brushless MX were excited to attend for the first time with a small team of talented British riders. Despite our size and lack of experience with these events, the British team were able to deliver exceptional results and put down great performances on a challenging track.
The track was a 1200m circuit with wide corners, big table-tops and thick loamy sand that is synonymous with Belgian Motocross. The key challenge for riders was picking the fastest lines and keeping fingers off brakes while keeping one eye on the battery gauge and temperatures.
The track also proved incredibly gruelling for the bikes as the added resistance from the sand combined with constant high speed meant motors were working overtime.
After an initial practice and qualifying round, riders prepared for 2 gruelling races, each 10 minutes long plus a final lap. There were three categories for riders; EX2 (standard EPAC Bikes), EX3 (Throttle powered eBikes) and EX4 (Lightweight Electric Motorcycles). Extra kudos to Marino Roets who entered both EX2 and EX3 categories and raced back to back on his LMX 56 bike after adjusting performance settings - a true feat of endurance that lead to victory in the EX2 class.
When It came to EX3 racing, Connor Ward, on board a SEM Venom from the Brushless team, dominated both races leading by a comfortable margin throughout and taking home the victory overall. Terry Griffiths from the Brushless Team also put in an incredible performance in both races, holding off fierce competition for the majority of the race before the battery thermal protection kicked in. There was an excellent performance (as always) from Loic Veyvrac on the new LMX 56, taking 2nd step on the podium.
We look forward seeing these riders back in action for the next round and with the first competitions experience under their belt, we could be looking at a majority Brushless Podium.
When it came to the EX4 class, the standard of competition was extremely high with nearly 20 riders on the start grid. Bryn Ramsden had his work cut out for him on board the LMX 161 factory race bike. Battery heat management was a crucial part of the game plan and toggling between a 7kw and 9kw map on the bike, Bryn had to ride a tactical race. With fantastic consistency Bryn pulled off 2 great performances with the second race being a close battle for second place between Sur-Ron Ultra Bee, Drill one and LMX 161. In the end, the 161's consistency and clever race management won the day, landing him 2nd on the podium, behind the truly impressive race leader Pierre Lozzi.
We take our hats off to the event organisers who put on an incredible show and also want to thank the LMX pit team who offered fantastic trackside assistance for the riders. We look forward to the next round in France.
If you are interested in taking part in the next event in France (10th and 11th of June) either with the Brushless Team or taking part as a UK privateer, then please get in touch and we would be happy to assist with information and bike transport.