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Bolliger Switzerland’s 35-year fascination with Endurance

Bolliger Switzerland’s 35-year fascination with Endurance

08/03/2017 19:02

The FIM EWC line-up includes two historic teams: SERT, the French factory-backed Suzuki team that has been a fixture on the world’s circuits since 1980, and Team Bolliger Switzerland – a private Swiss team, which made its first foray into Endurance in 1982.

For 35 years, Hanspeter Bolliger and his team have been competing with unflagging determination. “A lot of things have changed in 35 years,” Hanspeter admits. “The whole thing has become much more professional, and places are fiercely contested. But I go into each season with the same motivation and enthusiasm as before. Racing still exerts the same fascination.

Neck and neck with the top teams
This tenacity has enabled Team Bolliger Switzerland to compete alongside the factory teams. Since 2001 Bollinger has taken part in every race of the FIM EWC championship, twice picking up the title of world vice-champion, right behind SERT, in 2005 and 2010. The small Swiss team also took third spot on the championship podium in 2009 and 2014.

As with all privateers, the search for funds takes up a lot of time and energy. “As a small Swiss private team, it will always be more difficult for us to find money,” says Hanspeter. “We do not have any racetracks in Switzerland, because motor races are banned in our country. So of course no Swiss companies are interested in us, because we only race abroad. We owe our success to our long-term sponsors. We have counted on them for years. It is also an advantage for us that we have been able to compete with the same experienced riders and mechanic crew for years.

Targeting the Top 5
After a shaky start to the 2016-2017 season at the Bol d’Or, Team Bolliger Switzerland’s current objective is to score a podium place at Le Mans in order to target a Top 5 spot at the end of the season.

More about Team Bolliger Switzerland www.fimewc.com/team/team-bolliger

Australian rider Alex Cudlin is Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson’s new teammate. He will be in the saddle of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s GSX-R 1000 for the rest of the 2016-2017 season.

60 teams will be at the start of the 40th edition of the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans on 15 April. The 24 Heures Motos is the second round of the FIM EWC 2016-2017 championship, and it promises to be a mega edition in many respects: new machines, the arrival of MotoGP riders, and a strongly international slant with 2 Japanese teams, 12 nationalities and 9 manufacturers will feature in the starting line-up.

60 teams will be at the start of the 40th edition of the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans on 15 April. The 24 Heures Motos is the second round of the FIM EWC 2016-2017 championship, and it promises to be a mega edition in many respects: new machines, the arrival of MotoGP riders, and a strongly international slant with 2 Japanese teams, 12 nationalities and 9 manufacturers will feature in the starting line-up.

After a season without racing, National Motos will once again be at the start of the 24 Heures Motos on 15 April, with the Honda #55 in the capable hands of Emeric Jonchière, Nicolas Salchaud and Japanese rider Hikari Okubo, Jules Cluzel’s World Supersport teammate.

After a season without racing, National Motos will once again be at the start of the 24 Heures Motos on 15 April, with the Honda #55 in the capable hands of Emeric Jonchière, Nicolas Salchaud and Japanese rider Hikari Okubo, Jules Cluzel’s World Supersport teammate.

Jules Cluzel will be on the starting grid at the 24 Heures Motos. This follows the arrival of Mike Di Meglio at GMT94 Yamaha, and the return of Randy de Puniet to Team SRC Kawasaki. MotoGP riders are increasingly swayed by the particular charm of the FIM EWC.

Jules Cluzel will be on the starting grid at the 24 Heures Motos. This follows the arrival of Mike Di Meglio at GMT94 Yamaha, and the return of Randy de Puniet to Team SRC Kawasaki. MotoGP riders are increasingly swayed by the particular charm of the FIM EWC.

Endurance has lost one of its most endearing champions. Anthony Delhalle died today in Nogaro where he had started two days of testing with the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.

Eurosport Events and Garage TV have signed a broadcast agreement. The Spanish motor sport channel will broadcast the Pit Stop segment after each FIM EWC race in 2017.