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EWC Take Five with Jérémy Guarnoni

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EWC Take Five with Jérémy GuarnoniEWC Take Five with Jérémy Guarnoni

08 March 2024

 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 at Le Mans in France from 18-21 April well and truly under way.

A new FIM Endurance World Championship season and a new team, how excited are you to join KM99 for EWC 2024?
“I’m happy and excited. I had two good years with BMW with some good results but, honestly, I wanted a new challenge and I got the opportunity to go with KM99. It’s a good team, a new team since last year but they’re a really family team and in endurance racing this is really important. And that’s why I take the decision to move to KM99 and back to Yamaha. I tried a Yamaha in 2015, it’s a long time ago but it’s more or less the same bike and I really enjoyed to ride this bike. I know in endurance racing it’s a really good bike because obviously they are the world champions from 2023 and we can say the bike is really good for 24-hour races so it’s quite exciting.”

While it’s a change of bike for 2024, you will continue to count on Dunlop tyres. How much does that help you during the transition from one bike to another and from one team to another?
“Normally it’s more difficult to learn tyres than motorbikes. When you move from one tyre to the other it’s quite difficult to adapt. You can adapt fast but many times it’s the most difficult thing. I work with Dunlop now for three or four years, I also do the test riding for them, making all the development for the EWC tyres so it was a great thing to continue with them.”

With the start of the 2024 EWC season fast approaching, you’ve had the chance to do some testing in Spain. How has that gone?
“We have tested in Almería and this week we will test in Jerez. Almería was good, it was three days but really a shakedown to check how I feel with the team, my team-mates and the bike. But it was really good and the atmosphere of the team was great. I know Florian Marino and have a good relationship with him and also Randy de Puniet, who is more a friend than a team-mate. For me this was really important to feel this relationship.”

It's an all-French rider line-up at KM99 this season. What advantages does that bring?
“More than the language for the technical side it’s more the culture between us is really similar and it helps to have a good ambience together. Obviously the team is Belgian but everybody speaks French and it helps.”

Having enjoyed plenty of success in the EWC – you were part of the Team SRC Kawasaki France line-up that won the 2018-19 title – what’s motivating you to keep pushing?
“To say we can win the championship is a bit pretentious, the team are only one season old so the target more to win titles is to get podiums. It’s a really good team but it’s still a private time. Last year they had not a bad season but many problems with crashes and they have problems to finish the race. The most important thing for them and for us is to score points and get podiums. We have the capability and the capacity to get podiums and probably win but first of all you need to forget to crash and make the cleanest race possible. If you do that you will be on the podium at the end of the year in the world championship. For me that’s the realistic target.” 

The 47th edition of the 24 Heures Motos opens the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship season from 18-21 April. Ticket information is available HERE

Jérémy Guarnoni action images: Facebook.com/km99.be

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