AN EASY, ACCESSIBLE TROPHY, FOR RIDERS TO ENJOY RACING IN A SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP, PASSION AND PLEASURE. THE TROPHY ORGANISED BY THE FMI AND MOTO GUZZI GOES UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS IN APRIL: FIVE ONE-HOUR “FAST ENDURANCE” RACES ON THE V7 III ARE PLANNED, WITH TWO-RIDER TEAMS AND A LE MANS-STYLE START.
Verona, 18 January 2019 – Moto Guzzi is making its return to the race-track, revitalising its sports heritage and fielding a passion for racing in a spirit of pleasure, passion and friendship. Genuine values that the Mandello constructor is bringing to the 2019 Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy, a complete new challenge organised by the FMI, the Italian Motorcycling Federation, and Moto Guzzi. Registrations open on 1 February and the first race will be held at the Varano race-track on 14 April. This is a championship for two-rider teams who want to test their skills on the racetrack and experience the legendary atmosphere of the classic races, but in a youthful spirit of pure enjoyment.
FMI President Giovanni Copioli (left) and Davide Zanolini, Piaggio Group VP Marketing & Communication. In the photo below the title, they are with Moto Guzzi preparers Vittoriano and Gianfranco Guareschi.
The trophy competitors will be two-rider teams on Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone bikes fitted with a special kit, obviously the same for everyone, designed to guarantee maximum pleasure and safety. The focus is on fraternity and teamwork rather than individuality, in a return to the community spirit typical of old-style racing. Five races will be held: after the initial competition in Varano on 14 April, the season will see races in Vallelunga (19 May), Magione (23 June), Adria (1 September) and the grand finale in Misano on 13 October.
The Trophy presentation press conference at Motor Bike Expo 2019, Verona.
Racing in the Moto Guzzi spirit: a two-wheeler competition everyone can take part in. The intention of the new Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy is to offer a broad motorcycling public the opportunity to test their skills against one another on the race-track. This led to the choice of an easy, intuitive motorbike, the Moto Guzzi V7 III, a two-wheeler that puts less expert riders at their ease and guarantees fun even for the more experienced, and is easy to manage in the pits. The result is a mono-brand championship suitable for everyone, accessible and organised on the basis of a format as simple as it is engaging.
Registration for the entire championship is open from 1 February to 31 March 2019 at a discounted cost of 1,250 Euro per team (i.e., 125 Euro per rider per race). Alternatively, entries for individual races cost 350 Euro per team. Those wishing to compete for the trophy must be FMI members and have a speed-type racing licence (or an off-road licence with speed extension); entrants may register online by filling in the special form on the MyFMI portal on the www.federmoto.it website. When registering, the team can choose a special name and race number. Full information about membership, licence applications and registration for the trophy can be requested by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Special price and Racing Kit developed by the Guareschi brothers for V7s taking part in the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance trophy. The Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone, a two-wheeler that appeals to an extremely varied public thanks to its manoeuvrability and easy riding, is the perfect starting point for development of a bike that gives enormous pleasure and can be ridden on the race-track even by people without previous racing experience.
The transformation of the V7 III Stone is achieved with the Racing Kit developed by Guareschi Moto, a highly regarded preparer of Moto Guzzi bikes, also for sports events. To take part in the trophy, the motorbike must be fitted with this kit, which – in addition to safety devices such as an oil sump and front brake lever cover – includes a package of functional and aesthetic modifications. These include a windshield, handlebar halves, a full exhaust system, raised footpegs, side panels, one-seat saddle and rear mudguard, number plate holders, front fork cartridges and rear shock absorbers. The kit is completed with special engine control unit mapping and front brake pads. The kit may be purchased from a Moto Guzzi dealer or directly from Guareschi Moto, at a cost of 3,330 Euro (plus VAT). It can be installed by the bike owner or through the Moto Guzzi sales network.
Thanks to collaboration with Pirelli, the sole Trophy supplier, the kit also includes the first set of Phantom Sportscomp RS racing tyres developed specifically for the Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone: a high-performing tyre that can be used over an entire race weekend. Moto Guzzi will offer teams registering for the trophy a special discount for the purchase of a new Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone to take part in the championship.
A race format designed for everyone, the legendary atmosphere of the classic races, in a youthful spirit of pure enjoyment. Taking part in the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy is the most exciting way to discover the sporting side of the Moto Guzzi brand and savour the great sense of belonging it generates: in true Guzzi biker style, the race weekends are organised in a highly engaging atmosphere. The weekend is an opportunity to cultivate friendship and a community spirit, the distinctive characteristics of healthy sport and emblematic of its deeper significance. The race format and the choice of the V7 III make the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance the perfect race for everyone, from beginners to the most experienced riders.
Each race weekend consists of two 20-minute timed heats on the Saturday, for each rider. The average best times of the two riders in the team will decide their position on the starting grid for the Sunday race. The start of the race harks back to the legendary endurance races of former times, in classic Le Mans style, with the bikes lined up on the side of the race-track and the riders running across the track to get on and drive off. During the race, no rider may ride for more than 15 minutes + 2 consecutive laps: this means that the race – which lasts 60 minutes – will have at least three rider changeovers, in the pit lane. At the end of the race, points will be assigned to the first 15 teams.