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The Noyes Camp riders among the favourites in both championships aboard their Kawasaki KX450F.
Gerard Bailo and Ferran Sastre will compete alongside Toby Hales, the reigning champion of the DTRA (Dirt Track Riders Association) of Great Britain, as members of a team formed by Greenfield Dirt Track and Noyes Camp (Barcelona, Spain). This is the last step and most ambitious in the close cooperation between the two racing organisations that began several years ago. Together they have formed a powerful team that will fight to win the titles of both the British Flat Track series in the Pro category and the European Championship of Dirt Track, a new initiative backed by DTRA.
Last year, Bailo won the the Rodi Cup in Spain, took second in the FIM World Cup of Flat Track and was the runner-up in the British Championship after a tight season-long battle with his new teammate Toby Hales. This year he brings the advantage of his experience to the start the 2019 championship.
For Sastre, it will be the first experience in Britain, a challenge that he faces with great enthusiasm and in optimal physical condition. After a 2017 season marked by an injury, his regularity during the 2018 season saw him battle for the title in the Rodi Cup, ending the year as runner-up behind Bailo.
More information about the European event Here (in English).
After a spectacular campaign, which saw the two riders (both monitors at the Noyes Camp Racing School) finishing runner-up and fourth in the final standings of the FIM Flat Track World Cup and after visits to Valentino Rossi's Moto Ranch in Tavullia, Italy, the two Noyes Camp riders have a year full of challenges ahead of them. Both will also participate in the FIM Flat Track World Cup and will continue competing nationally in the Rodi Cup and the Dirt Track of Champions (Spain).
The first event of the British Championship will be on April 13 at the Kings Lynn Oval and the European Championship begins on May 5 at the “Hells Race” at Lelystad in the Netherlands one of the best known Flat Track races in Europe.
Anthony Brown - Director DTRA:
"2019 is an important year for the DTRA and we are pleased to have the continued support of Indian Motorcycle. The 2018 season saw a massive increase in interest in the sport of Flat Track racing here in the UK and across Europe. We had so many riders visit us from all over the world that we thought it would be a good idea to pick the cream of European Flat Track events and create the first ever European Championship.
We hope that the Championship is the start of something special where we can really showcase the talents we are starting to develop in Europe and we look forward to sending the winning Pro rider to compete in a race meeting over in the USA with the help of long time friend of the DTRA Johnny Lewis of Moto-Anatomy as the championship prize."
George Pickering - Director Greenfield Dirt Track:
"We are very excited to be working again with Noyes Camp for the 2019 DTRA Championship and this year also in the European Championship. We are pleased to have the British Champion Toby Hales and the Champion and runner-up of the Rodi Cup 2018, Spaniards Gerard Bailo and Ferran Sestre. We are eager to fight for the title with all of them!"
Gerard Bailo #17:
"After a 2018, which I enjoyed a lot, this year I again have the opportunity to race again in the UK with the same team and with the aim of climbing that last rung that we lacked to proclaim ourselves champions. I am also excited to participate with this strong team in the European Championship and ,of course, I will give it my all in the battle for the title as always in appreciation of all the people involved in this project because without them it would not be possible."More on Gerard Bailo here.
Ferran Sastre #215:
“This looks like being a very exciting year with lots of fun and I hope to play a good role in all the championships that I will run. On the one hand, participating in the British and European Championships within a team structure as experienced as Greenfield will give us a lot of confidence in our ability to fight for the title. In addition, I think that the European Championship is a very interesting project that will make Dirt Track grow, an initiative that all of us who love the sport must support. Finally, my goal is to compete again in the FIM World Cup, with the experience acquired last year and take a step forward that leads us to the podium. I would like to thank all the sponsors for their past support and for the support they are giving me for this up-coming season.”More on Ferran Sastre here.