Our drivers and ambassadors
The circuit is proud to be able to support several Belgian riders and to help them achieve their dreams. Below you will find the presentation of our different riders and ambassadors as well as the Belgian Motorcycle Academy and the Junior Black Knights Team.
In 2022, Xavier Simeon’s career took its final turn. The native of Etterbeek will no longer ride in competition. He is now concentrating on his new role as Zelos Motorcycle Manager and will be coaching the talents of tomorrow so that they can embark on a career as successful as his own. Judge for yourself.
In his 17-year career, the Brussels native has accumulated titles and victories on all types of bikes. As soon as he was 17, he was European Superstock 600 champion. Three years later, he won the world cup in Superstock 1000. In 2010, Xavier joined the Moto2 world championship. He raced in the antechamber of MotoGP for 8 seasons, culminating in a success at the 2015 German Grand Prix, a season he finished in 7th position. This performance opened the doors to the premier class, the MotoGP world championship. In 2019, Simeon is one of the pioneers of the MotoE class, the first worldwide competition for electric motorbikes. He scored three podiums and a 6th place in the standings. The same year, he joined the World Endurance Championship (EWC) by joining the team that would become champion during the season. The EWC was the pinnacle of his career as he won the world title in 2021 with victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Bol d’Or. The following year he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorbike race again before announcing his retirement from racing on 8 September 2022.
Born on 3 May 2004, Barry Baltus is no longer a novice. In 2023, he is already competing in his third season in Moto2. His mastery of two wheels goes back to his early childhood: “My father told me that if I could ride a bike without small wheels, I would have a motorbike. A few months later, he had to keep his promise.
Barry then took up motocross in the family garden. He was precocious and took part in his first circuit competitions at the age of eight. Four years later, he found himself at the start of the CEV pre-Moto3 championship. His career is as dazzling as his speed on the track. In 2018, the rider from Liege finished 12th in the European Talent Cup, not without a win during the season, before taking 4th place in the CEV Moto3 in 2019. The same year, he also competed in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. This busy programme allowed him to enter the Moto3 world championship in 2020. The following year, his trajectory changed again as he was promoted to Moto2, the last step before the coveted MotoGP. After two seasons of learning and 32 points, the Zelos Classic 21 rider is now looking to firmly establish himself in the top ten.
Rider and ambassador
Raise in the world of rallying with a pilot father and a co-pilot mother, Lorenz Luciano, born on August 5th 2004, tried quad biking at the age of 3. Two years later, he competed in his first motocross race but did not enjoy the experience. A big fan of Fred Fiorentino, the Louvier native feels more attracted to the track. In 2013, he took his first turns in the Minimoto category and finished on the podium of the Belgian championship. Lorenz then tackled the French Pre-Moto3 championship, before moving up to the Northern Talent Cup where he finished runner-up in 2020 and 2021 with 5 wins. A performance that earned the Hennuyer the title of Young Sports Prospect 2020 by the Belgian Motorcycling Federation before being selected by the MotoGP World Championship promoter to join the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2022. In the same year he added the European Talent Cup to his schedule. Lorenz will repeat this extensive programme in 2023, with a move to the Moto3 World Championship in his sights…
Born on 16 December 1999, Camille Mazuin began her career in karting at the age of 14 before taking the wheel of a Golf TCR two years later. Enthralled by speed, the Namurian wanted more. Advised by Jean-François Hemroulle, she continued to build up her experience in the Fun Cup. Anxious to do right, Camille followed the recommendations of the VW driver by competing in the championship with her father Michaël and her brother Louis. The family team quickly achieved excellent results with a class victory in 2020-2021. In 2022, she finished 4th overall. The same year, Camille Mazuin distinguished herself by winning the first women’s race program organised by the RACB, which gave her the opportunity to take part in the Clio Trophy Belgium in BRC. Showing her speed, she achieved a scratch in the 2WD category during the Sombreffe Rally alongside Loïc Dumont.
For 2023, the young driver wishes to concentrate on her first love, the circuit. She will drive the full season in the VW Fun Cup with the aim of improving her best overall ranking. In parallel, tests in Golf TCR and Audi R8 GT4 are also on the programme.
Born on 25 January 2008, Emilien is a little man with a great vision and a breathtaking confidence. Son of Benoît Allart, a former rally and single-seater driver, Emilien decided he would be a racing driver when he was 6 years old, just after he drove his first laps in karting. In 2019, he discovered Kartcross and it was love at first sight: “I love the mix of speed and sliding, and the engines are more powerful. The young Marchois has talent, after two seasons entirely devoted to Kartcross, he wins the title at the Belgian championship and the Dutch junior championship. In 2022 Emilien will compete in the French championship and the FIA XCross Car Academy Trophy, and thanks to his status as a circuit ambassador, he will be able to train at the Mettet circuit, allowing him to progress. Don’t hesitate to follow Emilien on his Youtube channel on which they invite everyone to discover the backstage of the car race!
Born in Diest on 23 October 2004, Kobe is a rallycross virtuoso. It all started on his tenth birthday, when his grandfather took him out on a rental kart. Then, he practised this discipline for four years before following the footsteps of his father, Koen, who was active in rallycross. The young Brabant driver immediately made his mark with the title of Belgian Junior Champion in his first season in 2019. He followed this up with the title of national vice-champion in the senior category and then European RX3 vice-champion in 2021 before taking the title in 2022! At the same time, he became Belgian Cross Car champion… and pocketed his secondary school diploma. As one of the most precocious talent in rallycross , which he considers the most complete discipline in motor sport, Kobe Pauwels decided to take on a new challenge in 2023. He entered the TCR Touring Championship with the COMTOYOU team, but also kept one foot on the ground in XCar at the wheel of a Mygale.
In the Fiorentino family, motorcycling is in the blood. After Frédéric, the only Belgian rider to have won the Mettet Superbiker four times, here is Romeo, his son, born in La Louvière on 28 March 2000. From his 5th year, Roméo rides a QR50 cross, then rapidly he takes part in his father’s FiostarSchool courses. At 16, Frédéric suggests Roméo to try Supermoto. Roméo took the chance and won his first race in the beginners’ category. Since then, the man from Louvière has won plenty of his participation. In the French challenger championship category, in the Italian championship, in the Belgian Open Euro-national championship and in the European championship, which he finished in 7th place in 2021. The year 2022 was a consistent one for Romeo. In the world championships, he achieved 3 top 10s, including 2 top 5s in the Rookie category. In Belgium, he finished on the podium of all the races he took part in, which allowed him to be 3rd in the final ranking, while his schedule was also split between France and Italy. Other highlights in 2022 were a bronze medal with the Belgian junior team at the Supermoto des Nations in Mettet, where he also took 11th place in the SuperBiker 3 months later.
In 2023, Romeo Fiorentino will compete in the S1 GP Rookies world championship and hopes to become Belgian Supermoto champion by participating this time in all rounds of the national calendar.
Belgian Motocycle Academy
Born in 2020, the Belgian Motorcycle Academy (BMA) aims to detect, train and guide the riders of tomorrow. It is aimed at young riders, from 7 to 17 years old, by offering them training of at least 35 sessions per year, supervised by renowned coaches and pilots, such as Stéphane Mertens and Fred Fiorentino. All types of riding are covered, speed of course, but also supermotard, cross, Dirt Track and trial, enough to teach trainees all the facets of riding a motorcycle. The BMA is recognized by Dorna and is officially part of the international Road to MotoGP programme.
Team Junior Black Knights
The JBK team is the national junior motorcycle structure, for speed and supermoto category. The two drivers in the speed branch are Lorenzo Pontillo and Loris Dekkers, they are competing in the Northern Talent Cup. On the Supermoto side, the team is made up of Evan Gourmet. They dispute the championships of France and Belgium. Tom Rolin will also compete in a few rounds of these two supermoto championships. However, he will concentrate his efforts on speed track by participating in the Yamaha R3 Cup. The members of the Junior Black Knights team all come from the Belgian Motorcycle Academy.