16 September 2023
The race to win the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship for Teams is finely balanced with the 86th edition of the Bol d’Or entering its ninth hour at 23h00 CET.
After eight hours of action at Circuit Paul Ricard, Yoshimura SERT Motul holds first having moved ahead of Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team in the pitstop sequence. F.C.C. TSR Honda France is third with BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in fourth having started from pole position. The top four teams were on the same lap at the eight-hour mark to underline the highly competitive nature of the EWC.
With points handed out to the top 10 in both Formula EWC and the Dunlop Superstock Trophy after eight hours, F.C.C. TSR Honda France is 13 points ahead of Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team in the EWC title chase. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is 37 points further back with Yoshimura SERT Motul still in contention, albeit 58 behind the leading Suzuki-powered squad, which suffered a short delay after Gregg Black fell at 20h39.
In the battle for glory in the FIM Endurance World Cup, which also counts for the Dunlop Superstock Trophy, National Motos Honda heads the pack with Team 33 Louit April Moto in second and OG Motorsport World Endurance Team third.
But there has been despair for title-chasing Honda No Limits and Tecmas-MRP-BMW Racing Team, which have both dropped out. The former was eliminated in collision, while Kenny Foray had covered a little more than 30 minutes when engine failure forced the #9 into retirement.
As well as holding the Bol d’Or category lead, National Motos Honda is just one point behind Chromeburner-RAC41-Honda following the awarding of intermediate points.
High action and high drama as the EWC Bol d’Or finale gets under way
Gregg Black snatched the lead for Yoshimura SERT Motul after passing Illya Mykhalchyk – on the pole-sitting BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team entry – as the pack charged towards the first corner with bright sunshine replacing the earlier grey skies.
However, with intermediate tyres better suited to the rapidly drying track following heavy rain before the start, it wasn’t long before the Pirelli-equipped trio of Chaz Davies (ERC Endurance Ducati), Randy Krummenacher (TATI Team Beringer Racing) and Leandro Mercado (Honda Viltaïs Racing) were battling for the lead.
But while they pulled ahead, the riders starting on wet weather tyres, which included Black, Mykhalchyk and Mike Di Meglio (F.C.C. TSR Honda France), pitted for slicks.
However, Niccolò Canepa, who opted to start on dry-weather Bridgestone slick tyres and having negotiated the slippery sections on the opening laps, was rapidly closing on the leaders and the Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team’s was in front after 30 minutes of dramatic action.
Davies stopped from the lead with 40 minutes of the race run to hand over to Xavi Forés. But his replacement was soon in trouble after a collision at the final corner left the Spaniard limping to the side of the track and his Ducati Pingale V4R badly damaged.
The safety car was swiftly deployed and was still circulating at the one-hour mark, which Honda Viltaïs Racing completed in the lead ahead of Yoshimura SERT Motul and F.C.C. TSR Honda France. Canepa pitted under the safety car and dropped from the lead after being forced to wait for the safety car train to pass the pit exit before he could continue. Despite the team’s best efforts ERC Endurance Ducati’s retirement was confirmed at 17h25.
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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.