Ivanovo hosted the official presentation of the 2012 FIM Snowcross World Championship. Mr. Daniele Rizzi, CEO Youthstream Organization, Mr. Didier Henriod, CEO Youthstream Media, Mr. Mikhail Men, Ivanovo Region Governor, Mr. Vladimir Gudkov, the Chairman of the Management Board of the OJSC “Investtradebank”, Mr. Maxim Shevchenko, Chairman of the Commission for Snowcross at the MFR, Mr. Victor Ivanov, Head of the Semigorje Technical Centre, and Mr. Tomi Ahmasalo, Clerk of the Course, welcomed the media, the riders and the fans to Russia for the celebration of the 2012 FIM Snowcross World Championship.
An outdoors ceremony took place afterwards in one of the main squares of the city and the crowd could see the Snowcross riders on the snowmobiles while the Moscow orchestra was playing some of the most emblematic pieces of Russian music.
Tomorrow, 24th February 2012, all the action will take place in Semigorje’s Technical Centre, which is located in one of the richest areas in Russia in terms of natural landscapes and forest resources. On MX-life.tv there are updated clips available with images of the region and exclusive content on the track which will host the 2012 FIM Snowcross World Championship. During the whole weekend MX-life.tv will provide a wide coverage of the event.
Reigning champion Emil Öhman from Sweden is determined to claim his third World Title in Semigorje this weekend, but American Tucker Hibbert, who got with the Title in 2010, is focused on riding a smart race to take the victory back to the States on his third appearance at the FIM Snowcross World Championship.
Swedish Petter Narsa succeeded in being on the second step of the podium last year in Tuuri, Finland, so his goal for the weekend is to measure his skills once more with the best Snowcross riders in the World and fight for what it would be his maiden FIM World Title. However, Ian Hayden from Canada is another clear favourite to battle for the victory this weekend in Semigorje, as well as Finnish Ville Ylianttila and the three-times FIM Snowcross World Champion Peter Eriksson.
It is the first time that Russia hosts the FIM Snowcross World Championship and for such remarkable event for the history of the country there will be up to twelve Russian riders taking part in the FIM Snowcross World Championship. Their goal is to fight for the top positions and they will all count with the unconditional and warm support from the Russian fans to achieve their goal.
2011 FIM SNOWCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:
1. Emil Öhman
2. Petter Narsa
3. Tucker Hibbert