IN 2020 THE TROPHY DEDICATED TO MOTO GUZZI V7 III BIKES PROMISES TO BE EVEN MORE FUN, WITH RACES EXTENDED TO 90 MINUTES. THE FIRST OF FIVE ROUNDS SCHEDULED FOR 26 APRIL IN VARANO. IN SEPTEMBER, THE ONLY SPECTACULAR NIGHT RACE IN ADRIA. TECHNICAL PACKAGE CONFIRMED, WITH THE GCORSE RACING KIT AND PIRELLI TYRES IMPROVED FURTHER TO GUARANTEE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. HERE IS THE 2020 CALENDAR.
Verona, 17 January 2020 - After the extraordinary success of 2019, the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy is ready to fire up the engines once again for the 2020 edition. The single-brand Eagle series - dedicated to two-rider teams astride the easy and fun Moto Guzzi V7 III - will bring back the same ingredients which contributed last year to providing a unique experience and a vast and varied audience of motorcyclists, many of whom were newcomers to the track racing world. In fact, the primary objective of the Trophy remains that of representing an easy two-wheel competition, truly accessible and suited for all, thanks to a formula that is as simple as it is engaging and an agile and intuitive bike to ride.
However, there will be some significant changes in 2020, aimed a guaranteeing an even more level playing field and more fun for all the participants. First of all, the “mini endurance” races will be longer, now lasting 90 minutes instead of 60. This way, the riders will have more time for fun in the saddle and there will be more action in the races, since the minimum number of rider changes in pit lane - with riding turns staying at 15 minutes - will go from 3 to 5. This means that consistent performance and the teamwork of the two riders will be rewarded even more, in line with the “guzzista” way of interpreting racing, therefore placing priority of friendship and a team spirit.
For the final race of 2019 in Misano, 25 bikes were at the start for 50 riders, an unforgettable show that confirmed the success of the first edition of the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy, an absolutely unique and original concept on the national motorcycle racing scene thanks to the “mini endurance” race format with two-rider teams. But one of the winning characteristics was also the spectacular and adrenaline charged start of the races in “Le Mans” style, with the bikes lined up on one side of the track and the riders who must cross the track from the other side at the start to get in the saddle and set off. These are features which had seemed to be just a distant memory of the legendary endurance races of yesteryear, but which the Moto Guzzi Trophy is letting increasingly more numerous enthusiasts experience once again.
Participants in the 2020 single-brand championship will have to chance to enjoy another thrill usually reserved for a very few lucky riders: racing at night. In fact, the race scheduled in September on the Adria circuit will be held on Saturday evening, with the floodlights - and the V7 III headlights, mounted only for this particular occasion - lighting up the track.
MOTO GUZZI FAST ENDURANCE TROPHY – 2020 RACE CALENDAR
The number of rounds remains unchanged at five, all on the best Italian circuits. The opening race will be at Varano on 26 April, followed by Vallelunga (24 May), Magione (21 June), Adria (5 September, night race) and Misano (11 October). All enthusiasts interested in participating in the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy will be able to test the Moto Guzzi V7 III in Trophy configuration during two test sessions to be lend at the Abruzzo International Circuit in Ortona during the months of March and April.
From 17 January through 10 April 2020, registration will be open for the entire championship at the discounted cost of €1,250 per Team (which works out to €125 per rider per race). Alternatively, teams will be able register for the individual rounds up to two weeks prior to the race at a cost of €350 per Team. In order to participate in the Trophy, you must be registered with FMI and possess a Speed license (or Offroad with Speed Extension). Registration can be completed by filling in the specific form available at the following link:
During registration, the crew will be able to choose their Team name and racing number. For any type of information on FMI registration, license application and registering for the Trophy, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FURTHER IMPROVED RACING KIT DEVELOPED BY GUARESCHI. The Moto Guzzi V7 III, a bike that has garnered favour from a truly diversified public thanks to its agility and easy ride, will once again be the protagonist of the Trophy, representing the perfect starting point to create an easy and fun bike that can be used on the track even by those of us who do not have any racing experience.
Outfitted with the GCorse Racing Kit developed by the Guareschi brothers, highly popular Moto Guzzi tuners even in the sports environment, la “seven-fifty” from Mandello proved to be astonishingly fast and extremely reliable on all the circuits where races were held in 2019. In addition to safety devices, including, for example, undersump and front brake lever protection, the Kit - compulsory and obviously the same for everyone - includes a package of functional and aesthetic mods. These include the top fairing, semi-handlebars, complete exhaust system, raised footpegs, side panels, single-seat saddle and rear mudguard, racing number plates, front suspension cartridges kit and rear shock absorbers. Completing the equipment package are specific ECU engine mapping and dedicated front brake pads.
The only upgrades for 2020, developed based on the experience gained in the first edition, have to do with the braking system, with the adoption of a larger front brake disc capable of withstanding the stress more easily, also taking into consideration the increased race time. On top of all this are, of course, the parts needed to tackle the spectacular night race, specifically a top fairing with headlight housing and a supplementary taillight.
The cost of the complete kit, which can be purchased at the Guareschi Moto dealership, is €3,840 (plus VAT). The kit can be installed autonomously or handled directly by Guareschi Moto. In order to participate in the 2020 edition, Teams which already have the 2019 Kit (or a Moto Guzzi V7 III already set up in 2019 Trophy configuration) will be able to purchase only the additional components included in the “2020 upgrade kit”, available at the price of 465 Euro (plus VAT). For any information on the GCorse Racing Kit, write to email@example.com.
The invaluable collaboration with Pirelli is also confirmed for 2020, sole supplier of the Trophy. All the V7 III on the starting grid will once again be shod with the Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp RS, a racing tyre developed specifically for the Moto Guzzi V7 III which provide outstanding performance in all conditions. All Teams registered for the entire 2020 Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy will be supplied free of charge with their first set of tyres.
Giovanni Copioli, FMI President: “I am proud to announce the second edition of the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy for 2020, a project created thanks to the great commitment of Piaggio Group, which allowed us to make a dream come true last year: bringing the Moto Guzzi brand back to the track. The first edition gave us a great deal of satisfaction, with a competition that grew consistently throughout the year, as did participation, which is a sign that we are on the right path. For this reason, we made a few changes to the regulations which, I believe, will emphasise the already excellent formula. We are forming a truly efficient synergy with the Piaggio Group.”
Davide Zanolini, Piaggio Group Marketing and Communication Manager: “The success of the first Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance edition was one of the nicest surprises of last season and it demonstrated just how much love there is for this brand, even among the youngest generation and those who love the track. The values and authenticity of Moto Guzzi were a perfect match for a competition that let everyone have fun without having to invest large sums and without being professional race riders. We promised not to stop with this successful season and, in fact, with just a few tweaks, we want to make the 2020 edition even more spectacular, naturally once again astride the V7 III which proved to be the perfect bike for a Trophy that is becoming increasingly more attractive easy and fun.”
A race format conceived for all, the atmosphere of the most classic races in a youthful and highly engaging environment. Participating in the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy is the most fun way to discover the sports side and to have a taste of the great sense of belonging generated by the Moto Guzzi brand. In entirely “guzzista” style, the format of the race weekends provides a competitive challenge in a highly engaging atmosphere. A weekend to experience, cultivating the sentiments of friendship and sharing which have always characterised the healthiest sport and which represent its deepest meaning. The race format and the choice of the V7 III make the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy perfect for everyone to have a great time, from the track novice to the most seasoned enthusiast.
Each race weekend includes two timed practice sessions on Saturday, both lasting 20 minutes for each rider. The average of the best times achieved by the two riders on the team determines the team’s starting position for the race on Sunday (Saturday evening for the Adria round). A clear throwback to the legendary endurance races of times gone by is the race start, which takes place in “Le Mans” style, in other words, with the bikes lined up on one side of the track and the riders who must cross the track from the other side at the start to get in the saddle and set off.
In the race, each rider can ride for no more than 15 minutes (plus five minutes of time to return to pit lane from the time the specific “change” sign comes out). This means that the race, which lasts 90 minutes - is livened up by at least five rider changes which take place on pit lane. Refuelling is not permitted. At the end of the race, points are assigned to the top 15 teams.
INFO. To stay up to date on all the news and on how you can participate in the 2020 Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy, check out www.fastendurance.motoguzzi.comand the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana website at www.federmoto.it.