April 25th, 2023
Wójcik Racing Team got both its bikes to the finish of an FIM Endurance World Championship-counting 24 Heures Motos described as “extreme” by Team Manager Sławomir Kubzdyl.
Christoffer Bergman, Mathieu Gines and Isaac Viñales were comfortably inside the top 10 on the #77 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha until a crash on Sunday morning ruled out Swede Bergmann and left Gines and Viñales to ensure a 12th-place overall finish and 10th in Formula EWC.
The #777 Yamaha ridden by Kamil Krzemień, Kevin Manfredi and Dan Linfoot – a late stand-in for the injured Danny Webb – was forced into catch-up mode after Manfredi crashed leaving the starting grid. Their impressive charge through the order brought them back up to fifth in the Dunlop Superstock Trophy category before they lost one hour during a fall in the tricky conditions of Sunday morning.
But following a heroic effort from the Wójcik Racing Team mechanics to rebuild the bike allowed the #777 riders to return to action and finish 20th overall and ninth in the FIM Endurance World Cup-counting Superstock division.
With both PKN ORLEN-supported squads scoring points in their respective categories, #77 is ninth in the Formula EWC ranking with #777 sixth in Superstock.
“It was an extreme weekend,” said Team Manager Sławomir Kubzdyl. “Le Mans really reminded us why it’s the most difficult motorcycle race in the world. We haven’t seen so much drama across the entire FIM EWC field in a very long time, but both of our crews have shown a really good pace and determination. Team 777 had class-winning potential, but we’ve lost a lot of time after two seemingly small crashes. After the second one it looked like it was game over for us as the bike was very damaged, but our mechanics did an absolutely amazing job to bring it back to life, so a massive thanks to the entire crew.”
“Our team changed a lot over the last months, but Le Mans had shown that we went in the right direction – adds Team Principal, Grzegorz Wójcik. – The conditions during the race were very difficult as proven by the pretty high mileage of the Safety Car, but we were able to finish the race with a very good pace and no reliability issues, which bodes well for the rest of the season. Big thanks to the team, our partners and of course our fans”.
April 15th, 2023
With the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship due to fire into life with the 46th running of the 24 Heures Motos on the Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans here’s an update on the last-minute rider line-up changes.
Bergman gets the call
Christoffer Bergman, back in the EWC this season, gets the call to join Isaac Viñales and Mathieu Gines in Wójcik Racing Team’s Formula EWC attack. The Swede takes over from Sheridan Morais as the Polish squad’s Blue Rider while South Africa-born Morais continues to recover from a foot injury sustained in a crash at Daytona last month.
Linfoot in for Webb
Wójcik Racing Team has also altered its Superstock squad with Dan Linfoot replacing his fellow Briton Danny Webb, who was injured in the build-up to the event. Linfoot was part of the Wójcik line-up that finished second overall in last September’s Bol d’Or. Polish Superbike champion and EWC regular Marek Szkopek is named as the Wójcik reserve.
Plancassagne replaces Hartog
With Dutchman Rob Hartog injured in testing on Tuesday, Alex Plancassagne joins EWC rookie Luca Grünwald and Maxim Pellizotti in the Pit Lane Endurance - JP3 attack.
For Dehaye read Choy at Motobox Kremer Racing
With Geoffroy Dehaye unable to set a competitive lap time in qualifying after a fall, Bulgaria’s Martin Choy steps up to Formula EWC having originally been entered as Aviobike’s fourth rider in the Superstock division.
De Vleeschauwer has the Energie
Indonesia's Dimas Ekky Pratama won’t make his 24 Heures Motos debut after all with Belgian youngster Luca De Vleeschauwer coming in for his first EWC start instead at Energie Endurance.
Late changes at Team 202
Sofian Lhuillier and Gilles Minutello are late additions to the Team 202 entry alongside team boss and lead rider Florent Parret.
Zuurbier swaps with the boss at Holland Motorstore Racing
Fourth rider Marcel Zuurbier will now form part of the starting line-up for EWC newcomer Holland Motorstore Racing in place of team owner Jaivy Eikeleboom.
Changes at Players and Uniserv Moto82 Team
Hemmer Lothaire is Arnaud de Kimpe’s replacement in the Players team, while Wayne Bourgeais replaces Martin Vašulin at Uniserv Moto82 Team, which is competing in the EWC for the first time.
Click HERE to view the final starting grid.
March 1st, 2023
Where the fastest fly: Wojcik Racing Team sets out EWC success strategy
January 2nd, 2023
Gines goes for more EWC glory with Wojcik Racing Team
December 27th, 2022
EWC 2022 revisited: Viltais Racing Igol takes dramatic win as Bol d'Or centenary serves up an EWC thriller
October 30th, 2022
Remembering when… Viltais Racing Igol’s big EWC dream came true
see all news