Mathieu Gines has joined VRD Igol Pierret Experiences. The team has recruited the French rider, winner of the 2014 FIM EWC title, to replace Xavier Simeon, recently signed by Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.
At the 8 Hours of Sepang, 12 Asian teams earned themselves a place in the 2020 Suzuka 8 Hours. The new selection process for teams competing in the FIM EWC grand finale includes a further two races at Suzuka in April and May.
The Belgian racer and former MotoGP rider will be in the saddle of the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team bike starting from the 24 Heures Motos, the next FIM EWC race on 18 and 19 April at Le Mans. He joins Etienne Masson and Gregg Black at the factory Suzuki team, who currently top the championship standings.