01 June 2022
After finishing 12th among the Dunlop Superstock Trophy runners in 20th overall at the 24 Heures Motos in April, ADSS 97 prepared for this week’s 24H SPA EWC Motos during last month’s two-day test at the legendary Belgian venue.
As well as gaining vital knowledge of the 6.985-kilometre Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the test provided riders James Edwards, Chris Platt, Jonathan Railton and reserve Johnny Blackshaw the opportunity to develop a base set-up for their Kawasaki ZX-10RR, while also testing new fuel tanks after a fuel starvation problem at Le Mans necessitated more pitstops than normally necessary. ADSS 97 reported the changes solved the issue.
“After such a positive baptism in EWC at last year’s Bol D’or and our recent outing at Le Mans, we can’t wait to take on the iconic Spa circuit,” said Craig Watson, ADSS 97’s Team Manager. “First night practice is going to be interesting to understand the level of visibility for the riders. For this race only we have fitted additional lighting to cope with the unique nature of the circuit and its night time visibility. We tested the mounts on the test and after 10 hours of running no vibration related issues were found but our first real test of the kit’s brightness will come on Thursday evening practice.”
Rider Chris Platt added: “I have raced once before at Spa in the 6 Hours, I loved the track then and with the upgrades for the 24-hour race it has to be the best circuit in the world from my perspective. It is so fast and exciting, I can’t wait to get started.”
After performing the reserve rider role at Le Mans, James Edwards swaps places with John Blackshaw for Spa.
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.