2022 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy begins this week in Portugal
The 2022 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy will see 200 riders descend on Santiago Do Cacem in southern Portugal for the four-day festival of classic enduro this week.
In total over 200 riders from 15 nations will line-up from today, Wednesday September 28 at the Enduro Vintage Trophy, travelling from across Europe, USA and Canada to Portugal for the annual competition which is equally competitive and also reunites old friends, machines and former stars of the sport.
Open to enduro motorcycles from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s, the EVT first ran in 2016 as part of the ISDE in Spain. A high level of entries and interest meant the Vintage Trophy became a stand-alone competition last year in Italy where it attracted a huge entry. Almost by destiny, enduro and rally legend Stephane Peterhansel took the overall event win in Isola D’Elba, leading Team France to a commanding Vintage Veterans Trophy win over Germany and Spain.
The 2022 event officially fires into life on Wednesday (September 28) with administrative and technical controls before the official opening ceremony in Santiago Do Cacem.
The traditional acceleration test – commonplace in the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE and ISDT as it was) for many decades – happens on Thursday afternoon and will see riders ride as fast as their classic bikes can muster to establish reliability and set times.
Friday and Saturday are the real competition days with two laps of 65 kilometres on Friday and bumping up to 70km on Saturday. Each day features three special tests per lap.
2022 FIM Enduro Vintage trophy schedule:
- 28/09 (Wednesday): Administrative/Technical Control and Opening Ceremony
- 29/09 (Thursday): Administrative/Technical Control and Acceleration Test (Santo André)
- 30/10 (Friday): 2 laps with 65 km (3 special test/lap)
- 01/10 (Saturday): 2 laps with 70 km (3 special test/lap)
- 02/10 (Sunday): Final MX and Prize Giving Ceremony
The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy features two main classes: Vintage Veterans Trophy for national teams of three riders all above the age of 50, and the Vintage Silver Vase Club category for three riders all above the age of 40.
Individual participants are also permitted though not in the main team classification unless they meet the above requirements. The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy is split into five main categories: Classic 75, Classic 79, Classic 83, Open 1986, and Open 1991.
Eight countries entered in the Vintage Veterans Trophy class at the 2022 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy, on paper at least it looks like Team Italy’s trio of riders – Enrico Tortoli (KTM), Giorgio Grasso (KTM), and Tullio Pellegrinelli (Puch) – will be hard to beat. But with Germany, France, Spain and others will surely have their chance to shine.
The 2022 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy is organised by Clube Motor Sport de Vila Nova de Santo André, with the support of both the FIM and the Portuguese Federation, and will use Santiago do Cacém and Freguesia de Vila Nova de Santo André regions which are areas well-known from the EnduroGP rounds (we’ll visit St Andre for the final GP of 2023).
More information and live results: https://motorsportsantoandre.pt/
Or follow the event’s official Instagram account @fim_enduro_vintage
Photo Credit: Enzo Danesi