A 40-year history and the start of a new era

2017-04-14T00:00:00+02:00April 14th, 2017|24 Heures Motos 2017|

The 24 Heures Motos and Suzuka 8 Hours are celebrating 40 years of shared history at Le Mans. A Japanese delegation was officially welcomed to Le Mans this weekend.

On the initiative of FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, a delegation led by Susumu Yamashita, Chairman of Mobilityland and owner of the Suzuka circuit, was officially welcomed to Le Mans by Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, to celebrate 40 years of shared history.

Susumu Yamashita will flag off the 40th edition of the 24 Heures Motos on the Bugatti circuit at 3pm tomorrow. The delegation’s presence is a strong symbol of the passion for racing that is common to ACO and Mobilityland, and evokes the 40th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours, the grand finale of the FIM EWC 2016-2017 season, to be flagged off on the Japanese circuit on 30 July.

Pierre Fillon and Susumu Yamashita, who firmly believe in the future prospects of Endurance, praised the strengthening of the close connection between the two events: pillars of racing that have served to keep the FIM EWC on a sound footing. Their rapprochement signals the beginning of a new era for Endurance, and enhances the sport’s increasingly international slant.

The revised race calendar, with the Suzuka 8 Hours now the final race of the season, has sent a strong and positive message to Japanese manufacturers and teams.

Susumu Yamashita highlighted the international renown of the 24 Heures Motos, and reiterated his commitment to expanding the FIM EWC championship, particularly in Asia.

FIM CEO, Steve Aeschlimann lauded the very positive evolution over the past two years, and the quality of the partnerships between the various players of the FIM EWC championship.

Enjoy shared history clip