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31 March 2024

The 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship fires up in Le Mans next month with the 47th 24 Heures Motos (18-21 April). Here’s a summary of just some of the stories published on FIMEWC.com during March. And a reminder that French-language versions of selected articles can be found here: https://www.fimewc.com/fr.

HISTORY TO BE MADE AHEAD OF EWC 24 HEURES MOTOS WITH LE MANS PARADE
More history will be made when riders from the FIM Endurance World Championship go on parade ahead of the 24 Heures Motos. On 17 April, three days prior to the famous event hosting the EWC season opener, all motorcycles contesting the 24 Heures Motos will be ridden from Circuit Bugatti to Le Mans city centre for the first time in history. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

NEW SUZUKI CN CHALLENGE PROJECT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON THE ENVIRONMENT IN EWC
The Suzuki GSX-R1000R CN SPEC that’s set to contest round three of the FIM Endurance World Championship, the 45th Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race in July, with a full focus on carbon neutrality has been revealed. Competing in the Experimental class under the working title of Team Suzuki CN Challenge with Yoshimura SERT, the factory-supported Suzuki GSX-R1000R CN SPEC will utilise 40 per cent bio-sourced sustainable ELF Moto R40 FIM fuel, along with other eco-friendly products including engine oil, tyres, bodywork and brakes. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

FROM #7 TO #1: YART’S EWC TITLE SUCCESS CLEAR FOR ALL TO SEE IN 2024  
Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team will defend its FIM Endurance World Championship crown carrying the number one on its R1. Although championship-winning teams usually use the number one during their title defence, it wasn’t previously an official requirement in the EWC – until the rules were updated for 2024. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

LONG-SERVING EWC TEAM NATIONAL MOTOS HONDA WANTS PAYBACK
Long-serving team National Motos Honda heads into the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship ‘motivated by revenge’ following its late-race Bol d’Or heartache last season. Swiss brothers Sébastien and Valentin Suchet, plus Frenchman Guillaume Raymond, were on course for the Superstock category victory – and the FIM Endurance World Cup for Teams’ title – at Circuit Paul Ricard last September. That was until a technical fault struck in the final 25 minutes of the 24-hour race, robbing them of double delight. But the outfit, an offshoot of a successful Honda motorcycle dealership network based in La Défense, a commercial district of Paris, is determined to bounce back during what will be its 53rd season in endurance racing. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

HONDA VILTAÏS RACING “STAYING TRUE TO ITS VALUES” IN EWC
Honda Viltaïs Racing will be “staying true to its values” when it chases more success in the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2024. After finishing 2023 as the top private outfit in the EWC and fifth in the final FIM Endurance World Championship for Teams ranking, Honda Viltaïs Racing will once again count on Florian Alt, Leandro Mercado, Steven Odendaal and James Westmoreland, its reserve rider. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

LINFOOT’S YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL EWC CHANCE EXPLAINED
Key Yoshimura SERT Motul figures Yohei Kato and Damien Saulnier have revealed why new-for-2024 recruit Dan Linfoot was the right rider for its FIM Endurance World Championship title challenge. The France-based Japanese outfit has brought in Briton Linfoot to ride alongside existing racers Gregg Black and Étienne Masson with Cococo Atsumi signed as the Suzuki-powered team’s reserve. CLICK FOR FULL STORY 

WÓJCIK RACING TEAM REVS UP EWC PREPARATION
Wójcik Racing Team is leaving nothing to chance in its preparations for the upcoming 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship season, its first competing with Honda power. The Polish squad undertook a multi-day testing schedule in Spain and was in action at Circuito de Jerez Ángel Nieto earlier this month following earlier running at Circuito de Almeria in February. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

KUŚMIERCZYK GIVES HIS EWC VERDICT FOLLOWING SPANISH TEST
Teenage talent Jurand Kuśmierczyk has high hopes for a successful FIM Endurance World Championship campaign with Wójcik Racing Team following a test in Valencia, Spain, recently. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

NEW RECRUITS BUT SAME EWC AMBITION FOR MACO RACING
Only the line-up has changed for Maco Racing as it embarks on its 22nd FIM Endurance World Championship campaign with same ambition and determination as it has done throughout its long-term tenure in the EWC. The Slovakian squad has recruited Martin Choy from Bulgaria and Takeshi Ishizuka from Japan to join Croatia’s Martin Vugrinec, who took part in two EWC events for the Maco Racing in 2023 and created a strong impression. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

WHY ISHIZUKA’S EWC WAIT IS OVER
Takeshi Ishizuka is a Formula EWC category rider in the FIM Endurance World Championship at last. Having competed successfully in the Superstock division with JMA Racing Action Bike, Ishizuka has joined Slovakia-based Maco Racing for the upcoming EWC season. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC SQUAD TECMAS MRP BMW RACING TEAM ALL SET TO “GO AGAIN”
Tecmas MRP BMW Racing Team is all set to “go again” in the FIM Endurance World Championship following its strong rookie season in 2023. Although the Superstock-based FIM Endurance World Cup title eluded the Franco-Belgian outfit, Loïc Arbel, 26, Jan Bühn, 33, and Kenny Foray, 39, triumphed in the Dunlop-equipped category in 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans last April. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EARTHQUAKE NO PROBLEM AS UNISERV MOTO82 TEAM TRIGGERS EWC BID
Uniserv Moto82 Team didn’t let an earthquake shake its preparations for its second FIM Endurance World Championship campaign in 2024. The Czech Republic-based outfit’s EWC bid was being unveiled to media in Kazakhstan, where title sponsor Uniserv is based, when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3G struck, albeit thankfully without any injuries. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

BMRT3D MAXESS NEVERS TAKES HARDT FROM JONATHAN’S RETURN TO EWC LINE-UP
Jonathan Hardt is a BMRT3D maxess Nevers rider once again following the French squad’s announcement that the 35-year-old will partner Loris Cresson and Julien Pilot in this season’s FIM Endurance World Championship. Hardt raced for BMRT3D maxess Nevers during a six-year stretch, helping it to the FIM Endurance World Cup crown in 2021, and returns as the Kawasaki-powered outfit steps up from Superstock to Formula EWC for 2024. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC SUPERSTOCK TEAM JMA GAINS IN SPAIN 
JMA Racing Action Bike’s two-day test in Spain in February has fired up the French squad for the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship. Matteo Giacomazzo, a JMA signing for the 2023 season, was joined by 2024 signings Charles Cortot and Bram Lambrechts for what the Suzuki-powered team described as a “discovery” for its new recruits. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

TRT27 BRINGS IN ISLE OF MAN TT LEGEND MICHAEL DUNLOP FOR EWC 
Isle of Man TT legend Michael Dunlop will transfer his road racing pedigree to the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2024 after signing for Superstock squad TRT27. Dunlop, from Northern Ireland, has 25 Isle of Man TT victories to his name – only his famous uncle, the late Joey Dunlop, has more wins with 26. And his inclusion in TRT27’s Honda-powered EWC attack adds further intrigue to the eagerly anticipated season, the 10th promoted by Warner Bros. Discovery Sports. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

ON-A-MISSION TEAM 202 LAYS DOWN THE LAW WITH ITS EWC THREE
Team 202 will fly the flag of the National Police Motorcycle of Club of France during the upcoming FIM Endurance World Championship season. Florent Parret’s Superstock outfit, which has raced in the EWC since 1998, once again features serving police officers Sofian Lhuillier and Gilles Minutello – along with Parret – in its line-up. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

TCP RACING GOES FOR YOUTH WITH FIRST EWC ENTRY
Rookie squad TCP Racing will embark on its first full FIM Endurance World Championship campaign with a firm focus on promoting young talent. Managed by ex-racer Peter Polesso, TCP Racing has recruited French foursome Alan Agogue, Maxence Chachuat, Marcus Delestre and Felix Peron to ride its Yamaha in the Superstock-based FIM Endurance World Cup. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC REITERBERGER OUT OF LUCK AS ASIA TITLE DEFENCE BEGINS
Markus Reiterberger has been forced into catch-up mode in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. The FIM Endurance World Championship race winner is defending his Asian title this season, alongside his EWC campaign with BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team. But it proved a tough season opener for Reiterberger at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand earlier this month. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

BMW CHIEF CONVINCED OF EWC TITLE CREDENTIALS 
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team has what it takes to claim FIM Endurance World Championship title gold in 2024. That’s the firm belief of BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers following the recruitment of Sylvain Guintoli alongside existing duo Illya Mykhalchyk and Markus Reiterberger. CLICK FOR FULL STORY

DAYTONA TOP FIVE FOR YART EWC TEAM FOLLOWING MIXED FORTUNES
It was a Daytona 200 of mixed fortunes for Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team. While Karel Hanika claimed a fine top-five finish in Florida, one place ahead of Marvin Fritz, Niccolò Canepa was a non-starter following a crash in practice. CLICK FOR FULL STORY and click HERE to find out the Austrian squad’s appearance came together. 

WHY STARTING FROM SCRATCH IN EWC NEEDS BIG EFFORT AND SUPPORT, SAYS ICHIKAWA 
Team Étoile’s Takashi Ichikawa has said how starting his FIM Endurance World Championship team from zero has required plenty of assistance and effort as the countdown to the 2024 season-opening 24 Heures Motos continues. Rookie squad Team Étoile will chase FIM Endurance World Cup success this season with its Dunlop-equipped BMW M1000RR under a 10-year plan to reach the top in the EWC. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

CREUSOT LAUNCHES HER OWN TEAM FOR EWC ACTION
Amandine Creusot isn’t just preparing to race in the opening round of the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship – she’s also readying her own team for EWC action. Creusot, an EWC regular, has established AG Racing Team and will form part of the Honda-powered squad’s riding strength in the 24 Heures Motos. She will ride alongside Florent Breso, Gabin Bruyat and Jeff Chapelle in the Dunlop-equipped Superstock category for what will be her sixth start at Le Mans, a new record for a female rider. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC RACER WEST IS BEST IN NZ
Anthony West said it felt “awesome” to be crowned the New Zealand Superbike champion after the FIM Endurance World Championship regular took top honours in the 2023-24 title chase. The Australian, 42, beat Mitch Rees to the crown by nine points following the final event of the season at Hampton Downs earlier this month. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

FIM EWC’S GLOBAL APPEAL UNDERLINED WITH CONFIRMATION OF MOTUL’S RETURN AS OFFICIAL SUPPLIER 
Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe, promoter of the FIM Endurance World Championship, is delighted to announce the return of Motul to the EWC family as an Official Supplier under a multi-year agreement. French company Motul, a producer of high-performance lubricants for engines and industry, will enjoy Official Supplier status for the EWC seasons 2024-2028 inclusive. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC TAKE FIVE WITH MARVIN FRITZ
Part of the Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team that won the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2023, 30-year-old German rider Marvin Fritz talks defending titles, his “brothers” Niccolò Canepa and Karel Hanika, avocados, Suzuka and more as the build-up to the 2024 EWC season continues. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC TAKE FIVE WITH JÉRÉMY GUARNONI
A racer and winner for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team during a two-year stint, Frenchman Jérémy Guarnoni has joined KM99 for the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship. This is what the 31-year-old has had to say with the countdown to the season-opening 24 Heures Motos well and truly under way. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC TAKE FIVE WITH CHRISTIAN GAMARINO
Christian Gamarino’s Kawasaki-powered FIM Endurance World Championship adventure continues in 2024 but with a big difference. After helping Team 33 Louit April Moto win the 2023 FIM Endurance World Cup, the 29-year-old Italian will be keeping it green when steps up from Superstock to the headlining Formula EWC division as part of Kawasaki Webike Trickstar alongside Grégory Leblanc and Román Ramos. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC TAKE FIVE WITH DAN LINFOOT
Dan Linfoot has been handed a gilt-edged opportunity to race for Yoshimura SERT Motul in the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship. And given the Suzuki-powered outfit’s illustrious EWC pedigree, the 35-year-old Briton is determined to make the most of his chance by mounting a title challenge alongside team-mates Gregg Black, Étienne Masson and the squad’s reserve rider Cocoro Atsumi. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC TAKE FIVE WITH FLORIAN ALT
Florian Alt will embark on his eighth season as a Viltaïs Racing rider in 2024 with a clear target to strive for in the FIM Endurance World Championship. On each round of the EWC, Alt and his Honda-powered team-mates, Leandro Mercado, Steven Odendaal and reserve rider James Westmoreland, will be hunting for the podium – and they’ve gone to great lengths over the winter to try to achieve their goal. Having completed EWC 2023 by claiming a fine runner-up spot in the Bol d’Or and with a second-successive Independent Trophy title in the bag, Honda Viltaïs Racing will head to Le Mans next month for the season-opening 24 Heures Motos aiming high. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

EWC GOVERNING BODY FIM PUBLISHES UPDATED LIST OF HOMOLOGATED MOTORCYCLES FOR 2024
FIM Endurance World Championship governing body Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme has published an updated list of Homologated Motorcycles for the 2024 season. First released in February, the updated list is available by clicking HERE.

EWC RIDERS AND BIKES ON SHOW WITH FIM AT SALON DU 2 ROUES
Double FIM Endurance World Championship title winners Gregg Black and Étienne Masson were among the stars to appear on the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme stand during the Salon du 2 Roues from 7-10 March. The Yoshimura SERT Motul riders were present along with their EWC team manager Damien Saulnier at the Eurexpo Lyon venue. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.

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11 April 2024

Team Aviobike makes Aprilia EWC move with World Cup winner Calia

Team Aviobike will bring the Aprilia name back to the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2024 when it unleashes an RSV4 1100 on the series.Giovanni Baggi’s Italy-based squad, which previously raced Yamaha motorcycles in the EWC, has formed technical alliances with Nuova M2 and Revo Racing Project to run an Aprilia in the Superstock-based FIM Endurance World Cup, which uses tyres from exclusive supplier Dunlop.As well as counting on Italian technology, Team Aviobike’s four riders for 2024 – Luca Bernardi, Kevin Calia, Samuele Cavalieri and Francesco Cocco – are all from Italy.While Bernardi and Cavalieri are EWC newcomers, Cocco has one EWC start to his name from 2021 when he contested but was unable to finish the 12 Hours of Estoril in Portugal. However, in Calia, Team Aviobike has secured the services of a rider with considerable EWC experience and pedigree after he formed part of the Team 33 Louit April Moto line-up that claimed last season’s FIM Endurance World Cup. 

11 April 2024

EWC season-deciding Bol d’Or chosen to host Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale

In an exciting move, the FIM Endurance World Championship will welcome a new guest race at the Bol d’Or season showdown in September.For the first time, the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale will take place as part of an EWC race weekend with a 20-minute winner-takes-all contest scheduled at 12h30 CET on 14 September ahead of the Bol d’Or getting under way at 15h00.After the first two editions of the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale, in 2022 and 2023, were run alongside the FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha Racing’s decision to join forces with EWC promoter Warner Bros. Discovery Sports is a significant development.Not only does it underline the growing appeal of the EWC to motorcycle manufacturers, scheduling the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale during the Bol d’Or weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard gives its riders the opportunity to experience an EWC event and benefit from the promotional and organisational excellence on offer. With the EWC the recognised Home of Endurance Racing where every moment is unmissable, it’s also a chance for the riders to showcase their skills in front of EWC team managers.With 83,000 fans in attendance during last September’s Bol d’Or, there will be no shortage of support for the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale contenders. This will include words of encouragement from Niccolò Canepa, Marvin Fritz and Karel Hanika, who clinched the FIM Endurance World Championship for Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team when the 86th running of the Bol d’Or decided the all-action 2023 EWC season. The trio will offer insights into the secrets of a fast lap around Circuit Paul Ricard during a question and answer session with the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale riders.Approximately 30 riders competing in national-level Yamaha Cups and Challenges will be invited to take part in the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale. Following Free Practice and Qualifying, the first of two races will take place on Friday 13 September ahead of the deciding event on Saturday 14 September shortly before the EWC riders take to the track for the Bol d’Or.On offer to the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale winner is a brand new R7, the latest in Yamaha’s R-series range of bikes, that combines the perfect blend of agile handling and sports performance with everyday fun, according to the manufacturer. The second and third-placed riders will win vouchers for GYTR performance parts that can be redeemed from their local Yamaha GYTR PRO shop. Video highlights will be available on the Yamaha Racing YouTube channel. Updates will be published on the Yamaha Racing social media channels and website.The R7 SuperFinale riders will be offered full support at the event, where they will be located in the dedicated R7 SuperFinale Village situated inside the EWC paddock. After the mandatory briefings, the riders will join bLU cRU Rider Coach Lorenzo Alfonsi for a guided tour of the Le Castellet track. Alfonsi will provide advice to help them with line choice and correct gear selection.Jean-Baptiste Ley, Head of Motorsport at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, said: “It’s fantastic that at an event where Yamaha Racing achieved such a momentous title in 2023 will host the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale 12 months later. In our 10th season as EWC promoter, we are very excited to welcome the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale family to the Bol d’Or, an event as famous as it is prestigious. The fact that Yamaha Racing has chosen the Bol d’Or as the venue of this highly significant competition speaks volumes about the strength and appeal of the EWC to manufacturers. We look forward to providing a fitting platform for the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale and hope for memorable and successful weekend for all competitors.”Paolo Pavesio, Marketing and Motorsport Director, Yamaha Motor Europe, said: “We are delighted to announce that the R7 European SuperFinale will form a part of the FIM EWC final round of the 2024 season and run alongside the historic Bol d’Or. It will create an incredible atmosphere for the SuperFinale participants. Before they take to the track, they will get the opportunity to meet the riders of the Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC team, the reigning Endurance world champions, offering them an excellent opportunity to learn from the very best and get advice on tackling the iconic Circuit Paul Ricard and its infamous Mistral Straight. Plus, over 80,000 people attended the race in 2023, so the competitors will also get to experience the atmosphere and excitement of racing in front of packed stands full of passionate fans to create what will surely be some very special memories.”The Bol d’Or is organised at Circuit Paul Ricard in France by the Association of France Moto-Cyclecariste, Moto Revue and AMCF Sport. Promoted by Larivière Organisation, it is run under the auspices of Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, Moto Fédératíon Française, and the leagues of Motorcyclists Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Ile de France. 

10 April 2024

Delbianco’s Pit-Lane Endurance EWC ride to realise “big dream”

Former World Superbike rider Alessandro Delbianco’s inclusion in Pit-Lane Endurance’s tweaked EWC rider line-up for the 2024 season is the realisation of a “big dream”, according to the Italian star.Delbianco has been named as a late replacement for Chilean Maximilian Scheib at the Yamaha-powered FIM Endurance World Cup team. He will link up with Finn Eemeli Lahti, Frenchman Enzo Boulom and Belgian Luca De Vleeschauwer, starting with next week’s 24 Heures Motos in Le Mans, France.“The EWC is my big dream because I’m very passionate about endurance racing,” 26-year-old Delbianco said. “This year I will make a full season with Pit-Lane Endurance, I make a wildcard in the Bol d’Or last year [with OG Motorsport World Endurance Team] and make a very good result, taking pole position in my group. We battled for the podium all the race but then we broke the engine in the morning but this is endurance.”While the Bol d’Or at Circuit Paul Ricard gave Delbianco a taste of the EWC and the challenge the riders face, the upcoming 24 Heures Motos will provide his first experience of Circuit Bugatti in racing conditions.“The track is amazing but maybe the weather is not our friend in these days,” Delbianco said. “But it’s okay, maybe it’s a very difficult for a 24-hour race but we try.  “The Bol d’Or in the night was amazing and this place [Le Mans] with all the people will be another amazing experience.“For sure we ride for making a podium because we are a good team with very good riders. We are all fast riders so why not?” Photo: Facebook.com/aledelbianco52

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