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Tuesday 12 May 2020

News Briefs

The 95th edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) has been postponed. The event had been slated for Lombardy-Piedmont, Italy, from August 31 to September 5th. The event is now slated for August 30 - September 4, 2021 at the same Rivanazzano Terme venue south of Milan. The USA claimed the World Trophy, Women's World Trophy and Club division titles at the 2019 ISDE in Portimao, Portugal, and finished runner-up in the Junior World Trophy Class. The ISDE is the most prestigious off-road motorcycle event in the world. First held in Carlisle, England, in 1913, the ISDE is one of the longest-running events on the FIM calendar.

There is confusion in the UK concerning the Government's announced plan to bring forward its ban on sales of internal combustion (and hybrid platform) vehicles. The UK Department of Transport has now said that the new date is merely a consultation date and that it would not include motorcycles after all. Presumably they would be banned as of the original 2040 date, but there is no clarity, and the MCIA in the UK points out that the UK Government could include motorcycles at any time of its choosing without consultation.

AFT has signed its first Official Beer partnership with Colorado headquartered New Belgium Brewing. With over thirty years of brewing to its credit, the all-American New Belgium brand has turned what started as a basement homebrew dream into a fully fledged operation. As part of its deal, New Belgium will be the presenting sponsor of hospitality packages at select AFT events.

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires has extended its official tire support for AFT with a new program to support amateur racers. In addition to being the Official Tire of AFT for the fourth year, Dunlop will also expand its very successful Team Dunlop motocross program in 2020 to include select amateur events. Benefits for AFT amateurs will include tire discounts.

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