14 March 2022
Johnny Blackshaw, James Edwards and Chris Platt, who rode for the team in 2021, will be joined by former BERT rider and endurance specialist Jon Railton. The quartet will compete in the EWC Superstock class aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10RR.
Craig Watson, who previously rode for ADSS 97, has been appointed Team Manager, while the pit crew will be headed up by Road and Racing’s Alan Cook and renowned endurance technician Allan Hubbard, who has prepared championship-winning machines for Endurance 1000, the Classic TT and the Manx GP.
Despite a 2021 season made extremely difficult by the global health pandemic, the ADSS 97 team finished the legendary Bol d’Or 24-hour race at Circuit Paul Ricard last September in a very respectable P11 overall, sixth in the Superstock class and fourth among the Dunlop Independent Trophy contenders.
With the combined talent and experience of new and existing ADSS 97 riders and team members, the aim is to better these results across the three 24-hour rounds in 2022, starting with the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans next month and also including the 24H SPA EWC Motos in June and the Bol d’Or in September. ADSS 97 will be the sole British EWC team this season.
“By absorbing the talents of experienced former BERT staff members and rider Jon Railton, we have bolstered our already skilled and knowledgeable team to become a strong EWC contender,” said Craig Watson, ADSS 97 Team Manager. “The prep on the Kawasaki machines is already well underway and we’re all looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this year. 24-hour racing is tough and there are never any guarantees, but our combined talent sets us in good stead for a positive season ahead.”
23 February 2024
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 French trio Johann Flammann, 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
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
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.