BMW R1200GS Wins 5th Centopassi
File under Racing
Author: Cristina Pitton
Location: Normandy, France
THE FIFTH EDITION OF THE CENTOPASSI MOTORCYCLING CHALLENGE ORGANISED BY DREAM ENGINE ENDED IN BOLZANO ON JULY, 21ST.
ANTONIO ZINGALI IS THE WINNER OF COMPETITION CLASS.
Antonio Zingali, in the seat of his BWW R1200GS Adventure, is the overall winner of the fifth edition of CENTOPASSI, the motorcycling event which ended on July 21st in the Italian mountain city of Bolzano.
Zingali’s final score of 56 points represents the sum of his points earned in the ability tests and assorted time checks throughout the arduous route. During the closing ceremony of the event, the winner was presented with the grand prize: a travel package plus accommodation to participate in the finals of Paris-Dakar 2008.
In the Competition Class, Simone Martina won second place on his BWW R1200GS with 46 points, followed by Marco Tomassini, also on BMW R1200GS, with 45 points. All three top finalists are Italian citizens.
Team Etna Cavalieri del Principe (Zingali, Di Mauro, Battiato) won in the team classification with 137 points, followed by team BMW Racing Italia (Tomassini, Severi, Russo) with 94 points and by team Le Mucche (Tajè, Martina, Tajè) with 80 points.
The exploration of the Eastern Alps was divided into four exciting legs and began on July 18th with a departure from Piazza Fiera in Bolzano.
The first portion of the ride was a challenging route from the Dolomites to the Julian Alps (365 km), ending in Bled (Slovenia). The second leg explored Triglav Park with a 272 km route, while the third day riders went back to Bolzano (389 km). The fourth and last leg was a trip through the mountains surrounding Bolzano (284 km).
Following four years that heightened awareness and interest, this year’s event hosted 120 passionate motorcyclists from many different countries (Italy, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, USA), ready to test themselves and enjoy the spectacular views and alpine riding.
The arrivals were booked in Bolzano and in the beautiful Slovenian town of Bled, towns with first class hotels to accommodate the motorcyclists and where the Centopassi Village was also set up. The riders and local public were offered entertainment, music and a bike exhibition. The Village also hosted the street safety project ‘Sicuri su due Ruote’, with bike-driving simulators, the Ducati Owners Club Trentino Alto Adige Südtirol and the Ducati Store Bolzano.
Centopassi was started in 2003 with the aim of launching a challenge to motorcycle fans who love riding on mountain roads. The last four years have seen the growth of this event and perfected its philosophy: a challenging task with respect to the tests yet filled with excitement, fun and group spirit.
The event is open to all brands of motorcycles that have been registered no earlier than 1980, and with a minimum of a 150 cc. The two classes of participation offer the possibility to choose between the competitive and the tourist class. In the Competition Class, which is not a race of speed, there can be a single participant or a team. The scheduled route is very challenging and is designed for expert motorcyclists. Participants, during every leg, are subject to time checks and ability trials to evaluate their skill, precision and equilibrium.
The Iron Biker Class is designed for those who prefer a non-competitive experience and want to have the time to appreciate the exquisite landscapes, small villages and pleasant atmosphere. Federal motorcycle guides accompanied the group, giving advice on the mountain routes.
Centopassi enjoys the support of the main sponsor ZZegna, the fragrance by ErmenegildoZegna, which has sponsored the event for 3 years, and of the technical partners Ducati Motor, Iveco and Tucano Urbano, as well as the collaboration of the City of Bled (Slovenia) and of the Bolzano Trade Fair.
The event is organized by Dream Engine under the aegis of the Italian Motorcycle Federation.
For general information about Centopassi:
Via San Mamolo 155 -40136 Bologna
tel. +39 051 6440881 -fax +39 051 3394319