25 February 2024
Moments that made EWC 2023 great: Mackenzie takes debut podium
Tarran Mackenzie had never started an FIM Endurance World Championship event let alone finish on an EWC podium. However, all that changed during last August’s 44th Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race.British rider Mackenzie, then 27, had been called up to replace the injured Josh Hook at F.C.C. TSR Honda France and promptly joined new team-mates Mike Di Meglio and Alan Techer in claiming an eventual third-place finish.Although the World Supersport race winner had some experience of the ultra-demanding Suzuka Circuit from two test sessions, the EWC marked unchartered territory. And a podium seemed unlikely after Mackenzie fell during the Top 10 Trial, which left the 2022 EWC title-winning F.C.C. TSR Honda France team down in 10th place on the starting grid.Its hopes of a strong result then took another knock when Di Meglio fell during the opening hour of the race. But following a typically action-packed EWC round, F.C.C. TSR Honda France took the chequered flag in fourth position, which became third when TOHO Racing was stripped of the runner-up spot due to a technical infringement.“I didn’t think I could be racing, so my first Suzuka 8 Hours was difficult,” Mackenzie said at the time. “I let down the team, who are fighting for the championship, [by falling in the Top 10 Trial] but I’m relieved I managed to finish. I’d like to thank all our fans who supported us.”
24 February 2024
Dunlop partnership key to EWC podium push, says KM99
KM99 will continue to count on Dunlop tyres when it embarks on its second season in the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2024.The Belgian squad made its EWC debut in 2023 and placed 10th in the final FIM Endurance World Championship for Teams standings. In a post on Facebook, KM99 stated: “KM99 is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Dunlop for the 2024 season.“Dunlop tyres have demonstrated their speed, reliability and efficiency throughout the 2023 season.“Dunlop’s continued support in 2024 is crucial to our progression and quest for the first podium. We are grateful to be able to count on them again”.As well as partnering with KM99 for a second EWC season, Dunlop is the exclusive supplier to the Superstock-based FIM Endurance World Cup.The 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans in France opens the 2024 EWC season from 18-21 April.
23 February 2024
Spanish test signals start of Teamracing85’s EWC bid
Teamracing85 has hit the ground running as it prepares for its maiden FIM Endurance World Cup bid.The French Superstock squad, which is set to contest the three European EWC rounds in 2024, completed two days of testing at Circuit Alcarràs in Spain earlier this week.Covering 250 laps with its Dunlop-equipped Kawasaki ZX-10R, Teamracing85 used the test to work on bike and electronic settings.Teamracing85 has recruited Germany's Johann Flammann, French duo Hugo Girardet and Thibaud Schmidt, plus experienced Italian rider Christian Napoli.It will be back in action during the Pre-Test for the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans from 2-3 April.Photo: Facebook.com/teamracing85
22 February 2024
EWC rider Atsumi secures early Suzuka outing
FIM Endurance World Championship rider Cocoro Atsumi is heading to Suzuka early after he landed a wildcard entry for the All Japan Road Race Championship season opener next month.Suzuka will host Japan’s round of the EWC in July and Atsumi, who was announced as Yoshimura SERT Motul’s reserve rider for the upcoming EWC season, is getting some early practice during the Suzuka 2&4 event from 9-10 March.The 28-year-old will compete in the JSB1000 category aboard a Yoshimura-tuned Suzuki GSX-R1000R. And his domestic series holds special memories for Atsumi, as he explained.“My start [with Yoshimura SERT Motul] was as a reserve rider at the Bol d'Or last season, and it gave me an opportunity of a wildcard entry at the All Japan Road Race Championship and occasions of local tests,” Atsumi said. ‘My understanding of the GSX-R1000R and Bridgestone tyres has been improving and also the teamwork has deepened. I hope to learn a lot from the team and my three strong team-mates this season, which will help me grow as a racing rider. I will do my best to achieve our goal to win each race and to get the EWC champion title. Of course I will standby for [when I am needed to race].”
21 February 2024
Immersive film celebrates 120 years of FIM ahead of 2024 EWC season
Marking its 120th anniversary in 2024, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has released a unique film documenting its 12 decades in existence and its ground-breaking advances in the world of motorcycling.They extend far beyond competition into areas as diverse as safety, technology, the environment, sustainability and inclusivity, according to the FIM Endurance World Championship’s governing body.Presented by Swiss actress and model Lauriane Gilliéron who wears period-appropriate clothes in each of the six scenes, FIM 120 Years was premiered at the weekend’s 2024 FIM Commissions Conference in Lyon, France, to rapturous audience applause. Illustrated with superb period photographs and rare vintage video, in a little more than eight minutes it documents 120 of progress, achievements and passion.Click HERE for more information and click HERE to watch FIM 120 Years.