15 April 2023
With the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship due to fire into life with the 46th running of the 24 Heures Motos on the Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans here’s an update on the last-minute rider line-up changes.
Bergman gets the call
Christoffer Bergman, back in the EWC this season, gets the call to join Isaac Viñales and Mathieu Gines in Wójcik Racing Team’s Formula EWC attack. The Swede takes over from Sheridan Morais as the Polish squad’s Blue Rider while South Africa-born Morais continues to recover from a foot injury sustained in a crash at Daytona last month.
Linfoot in for Webb
Wójcik Racing Team has also altered its Superstock squad with Dan Linfoot replacing his fellow Briton Danny Webb, who was injured in the build-up to the event. Linfoot was part of the Wójcik line-up that finished second overall in last September’s Bol d’Or. Polish Superbike champion and EWC regular Marek Szkopek is named as the Wójcik reserve.
Plancassagne replaces Hartog
With Dutchman Rob Hartog injured in testing on Tuesday, Alex Plancassagne joins EWC rookie Luca Grünwald and Maxim Pellizotti in the Pit Lane Endurance - JP3 attack.
For Dehaye read Choy at Motobox Kremer Racing
With Geoffroy Dehaye unable to set a competitive lap time in qualifying after a fall, Bulgaria’s Martin Choy steps up to Formula EWC having originally been entered as Aviobike’s fourth rider in the Superstock division.
De Vleeschauwer has the Energie
Indonesia's Dimas Ekky Pratama won’t make his 24 Heures Motos debut after all with Belgian youngster Luca De Vleeschauwer coming in for his first EWC start instead at Energie Endurance.
Late changes at Team 202
Sofian Lhuillier and Gilles Minutello are late additions to the Team 202 entry alongside team boss and lead rider Florent Parret.
Zuurbier swaps with the boss at Holland Motorstore Racing
Fourth rider Marcel Zuurbier will now form part of the starting line-up for EWC newcomer Holland Motorstore Racing in place of team owner Jaivy Eikeleboom.
Changes at Players and Uniserv Moto82 Team
Hemmer Lothaire is Arnaud de Kimpe’s replacement in the Players team, while Wayne Bourgeais replaces Martin Vašulin at Uniserv Moto82 Team, which is competing in the EWC for the first time.
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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.