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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

Moriwaki Motul Racing posted the fastest time at the Suzuka three-day test. Returning to the fray after a nine-year absence, the Pirelli-mounted Honda team showed it is a serious contender for the Suzuka 8 Hours win.

Sodo Hamahara will be Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s third rider at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Currently racing in JSB1000, the Japanese superbike championship, with Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing, Sodo Hamahara will shore up Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson on the Suzuki #1 to try and net SERT a 16th world title.

Sodo Hamahara will be Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s third rider at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Currently racing in JSB1000, the Japanese superbike championship, with Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing, Sodo Hamahara will shore up Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson on the Suzuki #1 to try and net SERT a 16th world title.

Raphaël Chaussé, the creator and team manager of Team R2CL, passed away in a road accident yesterday (Wednesday). Raphaël was a major figure in Endurance racing. He had been gearing up for Suzuka at the end of July.

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing was quickest at the first two days of factory testing at Suzuka this week, posting a 2’07.232 fastest lap to top the timesheets ahead of Musashi RT Harc-Pro and Kawasaki Team Green.

Things are hotting up in Suzuka. The first private tests have started in Japan, and if the line-ups announced by the big-hitting teams are any indication, we can look forward to some spectacular on-track action. MotoGP, Moto2, FIM Superbike and British Superbike riders will take their place on the grid alongside FIM EWC top players intent on winning the final round of the world championship—the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Things are hotting up in Suzuka. The first private tests have started in Japan, and if the line-ups announced by the big-hitting teams are any indication, we can look forward to some spectacular on-track action. MotoGP, Moto2, FIM Superbike and British Superbike riders will take their place on the grid alongside FIM EWC top players intent on winning the final round of the world championship—the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events met with the teams competing in the FIM EWC during the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to outline proposed changes to the FIM EWC 2017-2018 regulations.

The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events met with the teams competing in the FIM EWC during the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to outline proposed changes to the FIM EWC 2017-2018 regulations.