FIM-E Drag Racing Championship – Pro Stock Bike Season Preview

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FIM-E Drag Racing Championship Season Preview
Words and photos by Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes

Pro Stock Bike

Like FIM-E Top Fuel Bike, the 2016 champion will not be looking to repeat in the class as Gert Jan Laseur has given up on the lettuce and made the move to FIM-E Super Twin where rider weight is less of an issue.

Laseur’s departure for pastures new provides the opportunity for Åland’s Fredrik Fredlund to take his seventh title after just missing out by a mere 0.7mph on a Euro TS record in the Euro Finals. Fredlund reports “nothing new for this season on the bike, and we will continue from where we ended last year and I think we can better the ET record [6.9787 seconds] that we set last year at the Finals! We don’t have any big sponsor this year so we will see what happens.”

Fredrik Fredlund

Third in the championship last year was Britain’s Alex Hope: “The aim this year to focus on Pro Stock Bike. We plan to run all of FIM rounds and 3 of the EDRS rounds in the same category. We had some major issues with the bike at Easter which we are hoping to have resolved ready for the Main Event. We have the same engines as 2016 but are hoping improvements will come from chassis adjustments to take us down into the 7.1’s. My dad [Chris] has worked tirelessly over the winter to get the bike ready so fingers crossed everything works out and we can do him proud.”

Alex Hope

“2016 was an unlucky season” represents something of a understatement by Kenneth Holmberg “with a broken thumb before the start. The first race in England I had to have a support plaster. Followed by a number of broken engines during the season. I’d previously placed in the top 5 in the European Championships but finished in 9th place in 2016. Obviously I’m disappointed but it is forgotten now and we have never been so well prepared for the upcoming race season. With two updated engines and a number of new sponsors with a tight team, we really looking forward to this season. Gabriella “Gabbi” Nikolovska and Kent “Kenta” Carlsson our talented team members for many years, family and friends as helping us out during races. We will compete and focusing in all FIM races and also race the EDRS series. One of the highlight is of course the races at our Swedish hometrack Tierp Arena in June and August. The goal this year is of course a top position in the European Championship. And hopefully it will be a World Championship 2018. The first round of the European Championship will be held in England at the end of May with a great organization and a wonderful atmosphere. Before that we have a plan to test/tune in Malmö. See you at the track. Thanks to our sponsors: Swecomposite, Hyresbostäder Boliden, EG Nord, ProService, Bilglasdesign, Texstar, Yniq, Swedol, FHRA Feringe.”

Kenneth Holmberg

French racer Bertrand Maurice ended 2016 in a solid sixth spot in the championship
“I will start the new FIM-E Pro Stock Bike season with the same bike as last year with a new body, a new data acquisition and a new ignition hoping to improve my ET and go as far as possible at the Santa Pod Main Event.”

Bertrand Maurice

A total of 12 entries are on the list for the Main Event, with Martin Newbury, Len Paget, Martin Bishop and Mark Smith joining Hope as the domestic contingent, whilst Charly Abraham (on Laseur’s championship winning Buell), Serge Pinet and Tonnie van den Berg make the short hop over the Channel from France and the Netherlands whilst Fredrik Schack has the slightly longer haul from Denmark to contest the season opener.

2017 FIM-E Drag Bike Championship Schedule

26th-29th May Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, England
18th-20th August NitrOlympX, Hockenheimring, Germany
7th-10th September European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, England

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