Nicolas Derrien, riding the Panda Moto dealership BMW F800R has won the Road Rally Championship of France. The six-round Championship is staged on closed public roads and on racetracks around France with riders competing against the clock to negotiate the twisting and highly technical roads on a variety of special stages.
The multi-day rallies take in beautiful French countryside and are watched by large and enthusiastic crowds all along the route. Competition starts early in the morning and often runs well into the night with special night stages a popular feature. It is a test of riding ability as well as motorcycle reliability, with riders sometimes covering 620 miles (1,000km) under rally conditions.
There are various classes to cater to all. In addition to those going for the outright victory, there are classes for classics, small-capacity machines and even motorcycles with sidecars. Taking off at set intervals there is always on-road action to keep the spectators interested.
Nicolas Derrien was always in contention in the highly competitive series. In each rally Derrien rode the F800R well and was always riding under pressure. One mistake in navigation or riding and the quest for championship victory would have been lost. In the end, he took the title by only two points ahead of Julien Toniutti on a KTM.
“It is a great result for Nicolas and the hard-working team at Panda Moto. As well as being a very successful French BMW dealership we pride ourselves on being innovative enthusiasts. The F800R with its balance and power was perfect for Nicolas to show his riding talents,” said a very excited Jean-Luc Dupont, Dealer Principal of Panda Moto.
Nicolas Derrien and the F800R proved themselves against the best riders in this exciting and distinctive form of motorsport.