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Ben Adriaenssen

Ben Adriaenssen

Sidecarcross racer
Ben Adriaenssen
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Sidecarcross racer
Is Motorcycle racer
From Belgium
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 27 January 1989
Age: 31 years
Star sign AquariusAquarius
The details

Biography

Ben Adriaenssen (born 27 January 1989) is a Belgian sidecarcross rider and the 2013 and 2014 World Champion, together with his Dutch passenger, Ben van den Bogaart.

In 2013 he also, for the first time, won the Belgian national sidecarcross championship.

Biography

Ben Adriaenssen began his sidecarcross career, with Dutch passenger Kenny van Gaalen by his side, in 2004, racing in the Netherlands in the competition of the Motorsport Organisatie Nederland, a Dutch amateur motorsport organisation. In this organisation's competition the pair finished as champions in 2007 and 2008.

In 2009 Adriaenssen and van Gaalen started competing at professional level, the World Championship as well as the Dutch national championship. In the latter the pair came third in 2009. The combination made their World Championship debut at the Swiss Grand Prix at Wohlen. They finished the season in 18th place overall with three sixth-place finishes as their best race results.

In the team's second World Championship campaign, in 2010, Adriaenssen and van Gaalen finished sixth overall, with a second place in the first race of the Danish Grand Prix as their best result.

For 2011, Adriaenssen changed passengers, now racing with Guennady Auvray, and once more finishing sixth overall. With his new passenger he achieved his first ever race win, at the first race of the Latvian Grand Prix in August 2011. In 2012 Adriaenssen raced with veteran passenger Sven Verbrugge at his side, which had won the World Championship in 2011 on the side of Daniël Willemsen. While Willemsen took out the World Championship in 2012 again, with Kenny van Gaalen as his passenger for parts of the season, Adriaenssen and Verbrugge came third in the standings. The combination was not able to win a race that season but came third on six occasions and scored points in every race of the season, never finishing lower than eighth.

The 2013 season saw Adriaenssen once again change passengers, now riding with Ben van den Bogaart. The new team won the opening Grand Prix of the season at Frauenfeld, Switzerland and went on to win seven of the fourteen season Grand Prix as well as the World Championship, 97 points clear of runners-up Etienne Bax. Adriaenssen once more scored in every race of the season, something no other rider achieved in the competition in 2013. The pair clinched the World Championship in the first race of the second last Grand Prix of the season, with the race, held at Rudersberg, Germany, heavily affected by bad weather. Apart from the World Championship, Adriaenssen and van den Boogaart also took out the national Belgian championship.

Adriaenssen and his passenger, Ben van den Bogaart, once again won the World Championship in 2014, once more in the rain affected last Grand Prix of the season at Rudersberg, 18 points ahead of Etienne Bax.

Adriaenssen suffered a foot injury during the fourth Grand Prix of the 2015 season, at the time sitting in second place of the World Championship, and was forced to miss the rest of the season.

Sidecarcross results

Season by season

Ben Adriaenssen 's sidecarcross world championship statistics:

Season Passenger Equipment Position Points Races GP
Wins
Race
Wins
Race
Podiums
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
2009 Kenny van Gaalen KTM-VMC 18 108 14 FRA
SWI
0–14
POL
UKR
NED
6–6
BEL
0–10
GER
6–13
DEN
0–0
LAT
RUS
EST
FRA
11–7
GER
16–13
2010 Kenny van Gaalen KTM-VMC 6 322 27 4 NED
3–3
GBR
9–9
FRA
7–0
ITA
12–14
POL
5–3
UKR
12–7
BEL
0–
GER
7–9
FRA
14–8
EST
0–12
LAT
8–20
RUS
5–5
DEN
7–6
GER
12–11
2011 Guennady Auvray KTM-VMC 6 346 26 1 6 NED
0–6
FRA
13–7
SWI
6–0
UKR
8–7
FRA
16–9
POL
7–8
BEL
3–0
GER
4–5
LAT
1–2
EST
0–5
RUS
3–4
DEN
3–2
GER
13–4
2012 Sven Verbrugge KTM-WSP 3 385 22 6 FRA
3–4
NED
8–4
GER
6–5
CZE
5–3
BEL
3–3
FRA
6–4
EST
4–4
RUS
5–5
LAT
4–4
SWI
3–4
GER
3–7
2013 Ben van den Bogaart KTM-WSP 1 610 28 7 11 24 SWI
1–1
UKR
3–2
GER
4–3
CZE
1–1
NED
1–1
BEL
3–1
FRA
2–7
GER
2–1
EST
2–2
LAT
2–2
SWI
2–1
FRA
2–1
GER
1–13
BEL
6–2
2014 Ben van den Bogaart Husqvarna-WSP 1 402 19 4 7 17 NED
2–2
FRA
2–1
CZE
3–1
FRA
4–3
GER
1–1
EST
1–2
LAT
1–1
SWI
3–2
FRA
3–2
GER
6–
2015 Ben van den Bogaart Husqvarna-WSP 14 161 8 1 2 6 SWI
1–2
FRA
3–1
ESP
3–4
GER
3–10
NED
LAT
CZE
BEL
FRA
GER
EST
LAT
SWI
FRA
GER
Overall 2009 - 2015 2,352 144 12 23 63 Source: FIM

Honours

World Championship

  • Champions: (2) 2013, 2014

Belgium

  • Champions: (1) 2013
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http://team-adriaenssen.mx-sidecar.nl/team.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20131016100111/http://team-adriaenssen.mx-sidecar.nl/team.html
http://www.mon.nl/Informatie_MON.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20130521091620/http://www.mon.nl/Informatie_MON.html
http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/sidecarcross/classifications/year/2009/
https://web.archive.org/web/20120527143833/http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/sidecarcross/classifications/year/2009/
http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/sidecarcross/classifications/year/2010/
https://web.archive.org/web/20120527143924/http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/sidecarcross/classifications/year/2010/
http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/sidecarcross/classifications/year/2011/
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