12 September 2023
Spanish legend David Checa reckons the pace shown by the ERC Endurance Ducati team during last season’s Bol d’Or was a demonstration that it could win in the FIM Endurance World Championship.
The German squad was seemingly on course for victory only to stop with a mechanical failure while comfortably in front in the final 90 minutes of the 2022 EWC finale.
For Checa and team-mate Xavi Forés, their late heartbreak was particularly hard to take after they’d shared riding duties for a large part of the race after Chaz Davies hurt his back and couldn’t continue.
Despite the highly emotional scenes in the team garage as a near-certain victory slipped away, Checa regained his composure to return to the action for the last hour following rapid repairs by his mechanics. He eventually took fifth behind the title-winning F.C.C. TSR Honda France.
“We never expected that Ducati can win the race last year but we proved we was able to do until we had a little problem with the clutch,” Checa said. “We repaired, we finished fifth, it was a really good race for us, we showed that Ducati can win and everybody believed in us. In endurance you find the solution on one side but you find a problem on the other side.
“The Bol d’Or [last year] was a nightmare for a lot of teams, in four hours a lot of bikes were broken and normally they never break.
“The best is to be there, do your best and at the end of 24 hours if you are on the podium, you are happy and if you win you are the best.”
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.