21 September 2021
At the press conference on Sunday afternoon at the Paul Ricard circuit, Romain Mangé, the team manager of BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers, looked as if he couldn’t quite believe it was true. His Superstock team had climbed onto the 3rd step of the Bol d’Or podium, claimed the win in their category and lifted the 2021 FIM Endurance World Cup even before the final race at Most in the Czech Republic on 9 October.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” says Romain Mangé. “We’ve been going after a win in a 24-hour race for quite a while. We would never have imagined we’d be on the overall podium, not even in our wildest dreams. The World Cup was the objective, but it’s all too much to take in. Our objective at the Bol was to win the race. Winning the Cup at this race was unhoped-for. The overall podium was unbelievable!”
BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers owe their comprehensive win to a closely-knit and experienced team and the performance and tenacity of their trio of riders Anthony Loiseau, Jonathan Hardt and Julien Pilot. In the saddle of the Kawasaki #24, they led the Superstock class for practically the entire 24 hours of a race that proved tough and tricky at night. The only warning signs for BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers were a minor crash during the night and the replacement of an exhaust pipe towards the end of the race. But the team were able to wrest back the lead from another two very fast Superstock teams, RAC41 ChromeBurner and No Limits Motor Team.
The result of a tie-up in the 2010s between BMRT, a new team launched by Romain Mangé, and 3D Endurance, a team that had been performing well in Superstock since 1999, BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers earned their stripes in the French Endurance races, the 24 Heures Motos and the Bol d‘Or, before joining the full FIM Endurance World Championship in 2018. The team featured regularly on the Superstock podium at the Bol d’Or, the 24 Heures Motos and the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring. The first step of the podium was within reach.
Experience and stability
BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers claimed their first Superstock win in July at the 12 Hours of Estoril. With this new and brilliant victory at the Bol d’Or, BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers won the FIM Endurance World Cup for the first time.
“Our current strengths are the experience and stability of our team and our rider line-up,” says Romain Mangé. “Jonathan, Anthony and Julien have been with us for several seasons. They’re solid, good performers in all conditions, I know who to send out when. They’re not just riders as far as I’m concerned, they’re my friends – we’re all the same age.”
At the 2021 season finale at Most, the other podium places are still wide open. National Motos, who were forced to withdraw at the Bol d’Or, and No Limits Motor Team, 5th overall and 3rd Superstock at the Bol d’Or, are the best placed to take 2nd place. Statistically speaking, 6 other teams are capable of winning the 2nd place at the final round in the Czech Republic on 9 October.
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.