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23 July 2015 - Pilots

Meeting with the Enduro champion, Cedric Melotte

Cedric Melotte has more than one string on his bow. This former MX3, MX2 and MX1 champion who also participated in the Enduro World Championship, currently organizes hikes in Piedmont combining his two passions, sport and gastronomy. He takes groups of 8 to 11 pilots on an extraordinary outdoor and culinary adventure in a beautiful landscape at 2500 meters altitude. The champion relates anecdotes, experiences and some tips.

 

How did you start with a bike?

I saw my father riding. I got my first bike when I was 4 and I turned pro at 15, when I competed in my first Grand Prix. While on bicycle, I had trouble finding my balance, but on the motorcycle, I went right straight away.

 

How to become a champion?


You always have to start again, train every day. Race after race, you forge yourself a riding style, a physical condition, a character, your own identity. Then you reach a plateau around the 10th place. One day, you will be on the podium and you’ll ask yourself what has changed. I always trained. Year after year, I improved. When my turn to win arrived, I did not understand why. It was necessarily the consequence of work and everything that had happened before. There’s certainly talent and also luck. The luck factor is important. With 40 riders rearing to compete, ’tickets’ are expensive.

 

What do you think about road bikes?

I think that the motorcycle on the open road is very dangerous. I never ride a R1, R6 or a super sport bike on the road. If I want to do it, I go to the Mettet or Zolder circuits, where you can really ride. On the road, I ride big scooters, Tmax for example, not more. I am getting the feeling of the pure bike ride. Cette dernière phrase n’est pas claire.
Moto GP is awesome. But to each his own sport. Always turn at the same corners, always the same braking points where to fall on one’s knee, I love it. I respect what Rossi and Marquez are doing, I find it awesome and I’m very impressed. I love watching it but I do not have the concentration that they have to do it.

 

What is your current bike?


I ride a WRF made available by the Yamaha team with which I am 2nd in the Championship of Belgium of Enduro, within two points of the first, Cédric Kremer. This bike is fun to ride without getting carried away.

 

Enduro Vs Cross: what do you think?


Cross is like a Formula 1 race, like the Moto GP. The Enduro is like a rally, 70 km with special loops to test us. In 4 rounds of 7 to 9 hours, the best times are combined.
I stopped Cross because there are more accidents now. The tracks are spinning too much for the super cross. It is much more demanding, triple jumps, and whoops. I was taking too many risks. Over 20 laps in 40 minutes one must always be precise with acrobatics and crazy jumps.

 

What is your gear?


At the time, I wore the helmet of the Fox brand. After a day of racing, my neck was sore. Since the transition to the MX8 Pure Carbon Lazer, 200g lighter, this has changed. I have no more pain. Usually I’m glad to remove my helmet, but with the MX8 I don’t even realize I’m wearing it anymore. It is a real comfort and an absolute pleasure.
The helmets have evolved. After the jet of the 89/90, came the helmet with flexible chin rests. Then there was the full-face, which prevented the problems of stones and mud projected by the other bikes.
In 2006/2007 came the Leatt Brace to avoid the whiplash injury. But this is not the real problem. The fundamental point is ease of wear and articluation. You need to know how to fall, essentially ‘with ease’. If your helmet is too rigidly connected to the rest of your body, the blows are transmitted to other parts of the body.

 

During your escapades in Piedmont, what are the challenges for the participants and for you?

Initially, the riders are pretty stressed. They are afraid of getting hurt. They cling to the handlebars while you have to be cool on the bike. They need to be reassured and kept safe. The first day, they must manage the high mountain field, stones, situations that they do not necessarily know. Sometimes it is a little rough. The next day, in general, it is already much better. Two days later, they relax. After three days, the evolution is remarkable.
The Green bike is a different technique and requires real training. The raids, for example, are done while the engine is off, sometimes for 20 km. It is essential to be very focused to take the best path and keep the inertia in order to avoid a shutdown. We must learn to let go of the brake much earlier. The descent is also very physical. Uphill, you can sit, not going downhill.
The energy expenditure is important as we must stand to better turn and balance the machine. We must stand on the forearms and legs, this hurts after a while, if one is not sufficiently trained, it’s hard, but fun. The daily reward is the beauty of the landscapes and  great local gastronomy!

 

17 April 2012 - Pilots

Belgazelles team wins the Rallye des Gazelles 2012 – Quad/Moto

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14 November 2011 - Pilots

Simeon to finish 2011 with best result of the season

Xavier Simeon finished the Generali GP de la Communitat Valenciana today in 8th position, his best result of his rookie season in the Moto2 world championship. The 22 year old had a strong weekend all together and after he qualified 8th yesterday he could defend his position and finished 8th, which secured him another 8 points for the championship.

Sources :
http://paddocktalk.com
http://www.rtl.be

 

13 October 2011 - Pilots

Clément Desalle 3rd MX1 2011 Championship!

Clément Desalle claims the 3rd place in the final ranking of 2011 MX1 Championship. This is a great success for the Belgian considering that Clément was incapable of participating in the last 3 races because of an injury sustained in the Belgian Championship.

We wish him an excellent recovery and a great 2012 season.

12 October 2011 - Pilots

Best Race Result Of 11th Place For Xavier Simeon In Japan

Xavier Simeon finished the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi in impressive 11th place despite strong stomach pain that occurred mid-race.

The 22 year old battled his way through the field after starting the race in 16th position. Unfortunately from lap 16 on he experienced strong stomach pain that prevent him from improving any further than 11th. Nevertheless the Belgian is happy with his progress this weekend and with the fantastic work of his Tech3 B Team. Once again he could prove the competitive package he has with the Mistral 610 bike.

The concentration is now on the next round of the Moto2 championship that will take place in two weeks time at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

Xavier Simeon, 11th – 5 points: “The 11th place is my best race result so far this season and I am very happy. My target was a Top 10 finish and I just missed out on that, but I am happy with the progress we made this weekend. My speed was very fast. Unfortunately I experienced strong stomach pain from lap 16 or 17 on and I could not maintain my rhythm with that or fight any harder than I did. My team did a great job this weekend and we made another step into the right direction. Now we have to concentrate to improve further also in Australia for the next race and the next step forward.”

Herve Poncharal, Team Manager: “I am really happy for Xavier. He rode a good race today at the Twin Ring Motegi. Unfortunately he suffered from some stomach pain that did not allow him to go any further up. I am sure he could have finished in the Top 10, but 11th is a fantastic result and I am really happy with the Tech3 B Team and I am happy RTL Belgium is getting a decent result for all their great support. The Mistral 610 is a competitive package and we are delighted with the progress Xavier makes with it.”

Source : http://paddocktalk.com

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