JUNE 2020

Sales chart shows decline

COVID-19 = Sales Decline In Europe

Europe’s motorcycle industry calls for support from the EC
Numbers not in for United States

Hit by an unprecedented decline in vehicle registrations due to COVID-19 outbreak, Europe’s motorcycle industry calls for support from the EC.
Motorcycle registrations across Europe dropped steeply in March and April in comparison to the same period in 2019 as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. With dealerships closed and economies under lock down, commercial activity has been virtually paralyzed.

Total registrations in the 5 largest motorcycle markets (i.e. France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) fell by 39.6% in March 2020, compared to the same month of 2019. The situation deteriorated even further in April 2020, when combined registrations in the largest markets fell by 74.9%, with some countries contracting by 84% to 96%.

The moped segment was equally impacted. The largest European moped markets (i.e. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain) fell by 37.9% in March 2020 on a year-on-year basis. In April 2020, moped registrations in the same markets decreased 55.1%.

Due to the seasonal nature of the market with sales concentrated in the spring, this impact of the outbreak in March and April has placed European dealerships under considerable financial pressure. In addition dealers are now holding an excess of Euro 4 vehicles, which were being readied for the Spring season but which may become unsalable due to regulatory changes.

Europe’s motorcycle industry welcomes the various economy wide support measures that Member States and the Commission have put in place. The only additional request from the sector is for the Commission to extend the period in which Euro 4 vehicles can be sold, to avoid dealers being left with hundreds of thousands of unsalable products.

Commenting on the current situation of the sector, Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, said:

“With the progressive restart of activity, data for the next three months will give us a clearer overview of the final impact of the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, it is already clear that 2020 will be a very difficult year for the sector, with extraordinary disruptions on the activity of manufacturers, dealerships and suppliers”. “ACEM and its members are working together with EU and national administrations to find a solution to the problem of hundreds of thousands of Euro 4 vehicles excess stock. This will require reviewing relevant legislation to ensure that motorcycle dealerships across Europe can recover from the effect of the COVID-19 crisis as soon as possible”.

FIM E Bike Enduro World Cup2020 Calendars

The FIM is delighted to announce the 2020 FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup & EX-Bike World Cup calendars, its innovative competition for electric powered cycles launched in 2019.

FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup    
8 November 2020 – Lac de l’Eau d’Heure , Belgium (FMB)
2020 Date to be announced – Charade, France (FRA)

2 Categories:
• Enduro1 (E1): E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum continuous rated power of 250W and whose assistance does not exceed 25 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 26 kg maximum

• Enduro2 (E2): E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power of 500W and whose assistance can exceed 25 km/h but does not exceed 45 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 32 kg maximum.
Due to the ongoing restrictions put in place by the German government regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which includes no mass sporting events until the end of August, FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup set to take place on 21 June in Alfsee is cancelled.

FIM EX-Bike World Cup    
18 October – Two-Off Circuit, Boves/Cuneo, Italy (FMI)

4 FIM Classes:
• FIM EX 1 World Cup
• FIM EX 2 and EX Proto World Cup
• FIM EX 1W World Cup, for riders (WOMEN)
• FIM EX 2W and EX ProtoW World Cup (WOMEN)

2 Categories:
• EX 1: E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum continuous rated power of 250W and whose assistance does not exceed 25 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 26 kg maximum

• EX 2 and EX Proto: E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power of 500W and whose assistance can exceed 25 km/h but does not exceed 45 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 32 kg maximum

Trevor Bollinger Signs Two Year Extension

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna extends contract into 2022 season

Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team has signed a two-year contract extension with offroad racer Trevor Bollinger, extending his current contract into the 2022 race season.
Upon return from injury, Bollinger will compete in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) and AMA National Enduro Championship aboard the FX 450, where he has proven to be a top contender in the premier XC1 Open Pro and NE1 Pro classes. In 2019, Bollinger battled his way to five podiums and four top-five finishes in the GNCC Series and while he had all intentions of racing for victories in 2020, the North Carolina native was quickly sidelined after suffering a crash at the National Enduro season opener in February. Bollinger had surgery to repair his ACL and meniscus and he has been hard at work rehabbing his leg in order to return to racing after the summer break in September.
Trevor Bollinger: “I am super excited to extend my partnership with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. I’m looking forward to getting back to the races and proving just what myself and the brand can do together.”
Tim Weigand, Manager Race Team HQV: Watching Trevor develop into a consistent front-runner over the past two years has been a joy. His work ethic, determination and drive are second to none and I firmly believe we haven’t seen the best of him yet. We are extremely excited to have Trevor continue his journey with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna family.”
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team will head to Society Hill, South Carolina on Sunday, May 31 for Round 5 of the GNCC Series with XC2 250 Pro rider Craig DeLong.


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Craig DeLong Wins XC2 Bull Dog GNCC


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team’s Craig DeLong earned his second-straight XC2 250 Pro class victory at Sunday’s fourth round of the 2020 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Washington, Georgia. Amidst an impressive performance in the class, where he now sits atop the championship standings, DeLong also secured third overall on the day to obtain a third-place ranking in the overall championship standings after four rounds.

Off the start, DeLong powered his FC 250 off the line to capture the holeshot and early lead in the XC2 250 Pro class. He immediately put his head down and charged early on to put himself into the overall lead on adjusted time and he continued that momentum as he physically passed his way through the XC1 field. With as much as a 54 second lead at the halfway point, DeLong admittedly slowed the pace in the final laps to finish with a comfortable eight-second victory over the second-place rider. With four rounds completed, DeLong now holds the lead in the XC2 250 Pro Championship.

“It felt weird to take some time off, so to be back racing feels really good and it’s even better to come away with my second-straight win,” DeLong said. “I had some pre-race jitters, I felt like it was the first race all over again but I’m happy to get it over with and keep moving forward in the championship standings. We’ve taken over the lead there and that’s really my goal right now and that’s ultimately what we’re working for.”

Next Event: TBA

The Bull Dog GNCC Results

XC2 250 Pro Class 
1. Craig DeLong – Rockstar Energy Factory Racing Team
2. Ryder Lafferty (HQV)
3. Mike Witkowski (YAM)

XC2 250 Pro Championship Standings
1. Craig DeLong – Rockstar Energy Factory Racing Team, 102 points
2. Jonathan Girroir, 98 points
3. Mike Witkowski, 97 points

Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc.

Husqvarna Motorcycles has continued to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Supercross, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA National Enduro, GNCC, AMA EnduroCross, and AMA National Hare & Hound championships. Husqvarna team riders are competing aboard Husqvarna FC 450, FC 350, FC 250, FE 350, TC 250 and TE 300 models.

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