Andros Trophy, he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Riomois Romain Gioffre of Team Artense MC will start again in the snow at Super-Besse on his KTM 450. He feels a little bit at home there.
Riding a motorcycle is in Roman Giuffre’s blood. Mechanics and everything that goes with it. It’s in the family’s DNA.
“Since I was a little boy, I liked cars or motorbikes, he explains. My father had a passion, my brothers too. I’m the last in the family, so I also followed that path. I’ve been motorcycling since I was three: I practiced Motocross for the first time until I was 18 years before pursuing a career.”
And then everything went very quickly for this talented pilot. “As soon as I got my motorcycle license, my parents got me an enduro bike. I went to the French Enduro Championship.”
Riomois Romain Gioffre achieved second place in the first year at the national championships and finished fifth at the European championships.
He also scored points at world championships ten years ago.
“I’ve been to all the extreme races Redbull has put on,” he explains. We were first in 2000 and finished 17th in the tough races. »
Clicking On ISOLA 2000
And then one day the ice grabbed him, like many. “I had the opportunity to race a snowboard at Isola 2000 in 2011. I loved it and the following year I signed up. Today I’ve been participating for several years.”
Motorcycles are, of course, his passion, but in this environment nothing is forbidden. “I ride a motorcycle in the Andros Trophy, but thanks to Claude Michy I had the opportunity to try a small electric car in Super-Besse also driven by Renaud Lavillenie. With team 21 I tried the big heat car with all-wheel drive and steering . Benoit Trailwehr, who participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he took my bike and I took his car to make a beautiful challenge…”
In the Andros Cup, the AMV Cup brings together all the “frozen” motorcyclists in search of excitement. 19 bikes, 15 riders, 4 guests, this is an unmissable event of the season on two wheels.
With 248 pegs on the rear tire and 220 on the front, the AMV Cup bikes are impressive. The 450cc enduro bikes are prepared to ride in the same snow as the Andros Trophy cars. Something to motivate Roman Giuffre.
“The circuit is great and well prepared. Claude Michy does everything he can to make sure we have a top track. I got podiums there. We like hard ice cream. The colder the better because nails can leak on the ice.” “They’re watering the front lane to get the maximum amount of ice cream. It’s 10-minute rides. It’s really fast, but we’re freezing.”
With his partners Dafy Moto, AL Industries and his Renault garage in Riom, Romain Gioffre always enjoys racing on ice, under the direction of the DRP Automotive Team (Ducastel Race Performances) with Olivier Panis, to better face the competition.
Fifth in the first of the 22 motos at the Val Thorens race, Romain Giuffre remains very competitive despite his professional activities. “I run for fun, but when you put the helmet on and the red light turns green, you go, it’s still the spirit of competition that comes back to my partners like me. We go there to get the best result.”
Like At Home
At home, things are getting better too… “The partners are already getting up, my family too and Pesse’s in-laws. I got married in Pesse, the mayor is my wife’s cousin. That touches me a lot, I walk in front of the Auvergne crowd and that is an advantage.” »
Roman Giuffre does not forget the friendly side of the event, which takes place in a private setting with his friends.
“I’m very friendly with Nathanaël Berthond, before we were in the same team, recalls Romain. He’s my third son and he’s always at home. We met there, we talked about the race to be as efficient as possible, especially on the tire pressure. And we are not stingy with good advice… »
Like Johan Nygon, also from North Clermont, who prepared his season of endurance in Superstock (STT), starting the two stages of the Andros Trophy in the AMV Cup, in Serre-Chevalier and Val Thorens with his Honda 450, wears the colors from Auvergne.
Johan Nigon also got interesting results for the first appointment. And not forgetting his older brother, Erwan, who used to be on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They did all the homage to the city of Riom. With his number 63 on his back, Romain Giuffre will be the worthy representative of the sector, far from the plains but still close to the peaks.