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Racing brothers on top of the world

Posted onPosted on 29th Nov

Mansfield race aces Ben and Tom Birchall received their world sidecar champion medals at the 2017 FIM awards ceremony in Andorra.

The Mitchells of Mansfield-supported riders, along with team-members James Brindley and Tom Mitchell, rubbed shoulders with 35 fellow FIM world champions and members from the International Motorcycle Federation.

The team attended a fan signing session before heading to the awards ceremony.

Ben said: “What an amazing experience.

“I was blown away by the whole weekend and how we were treated by FIM during our time in Andorra.

“To attend such a prestigious event, surrounded by other world champions, is something I’ll never forget.

“I feel honoured to be a world champion myself and the whole experience has only strengthened my desire to defend our title in the 2018 season.”

Tom added: “It was awesome to be there with other riders such as Marc Marquez and Jonny Rea – as bike fans ourselves it was an honour and a privilege to be included in such company.

“With the capacity changes over the past couple of years in the sidecar world championships, I think FIM made the right decisions and the championship is stronger than ever.”