Viltaïs are getting off to a fresh start with a new name: VRD Igol Pierret Expériences. At Le Mans, the French squad will entrust their Yamaha to an attractive new line-up comprising Florian Alt, Xavier Siméon and Florian Marino.
The 24 Heures Motos, the 2nd round of the 2018-2019 FIM EWC, will take place on 20 and 21 April on the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans. 60 teams will line up on the grid, including 39 full-season squads. All eyes will be on F.C.C. TSR Honda France, reigning champions and winners of the Bol d’Or, the season’s first race.
GERT56’s rider line-up for the 24 Heures Motos has been thrown into disarray. The German team have roped in Pepijn Bijsterbosch to step in for an injured Stefan Kerschbaumer alongside Julian Puffe and Lucy Glöckner on the BMW #56.
Bertrand Sebileau, a two-time winner of the 24 Heures Motos, passed away this weekend at the age of 58. He made his mark in the Endurance and road racing worlds, with two victories at Le Mans on a Kawasaki in 1998 and 1999.
Even as a number of Dunlop and Bridgestone-shod factory teams were testing at Le Mans, Pirelli had organized test sessions at Alcarràs in Spain. Team SRC Kawasaki France sealed their choices for the 24 Heures Motos.
Honda Endurance Racing are kicking off 2019 on a new footing, with a new rider trio handpicked to lead the British team to victory. Randy de Puniet, Yonny Hernández and Sébastien Gimbert will ride the Honda #111 at the 24 Heures Motos.
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s line-up for the 24 Heures Motos is now complete following their hire of a top-drawer substitute rider. Grégory Leblanc, a 5-time winner of the race, will be the replacement rider for Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black in April.
Sébastien Gimbert is embarking on a very special season. In the saddle of the Honda Endurance Racing bike, the French rider will take to the track for his last time racing the 24 Heures Motos on 20 April, 20 years after his very first race at Le Mans, also on a Honda.