19 September 2021
For nearly the past 24 hours, Yoshimura SERT Motul have been in the lead. The only survivor of the factory teams in the limelight in the early stages of the race, the Suzuki team will work on consolidating their position as leader until 3pm with riders Gregg Black, Xavier Simeon and Sylvain Guintoli.
Only a mistake or a mechanical issue could deprive Suzuki of the win, since Moto Ain are 15 laps behind the leader. In the saddle of the independent Yamaha, Randy de Puniet, Robin Mulhauser and Roberto Rolfo have been in the leading pack since the start. A podium will likely reward the effort of the team who are racing their first season in the EWC class after twice winning the FIM Superstock World Cup.
Behind Moto Ain, three Superstock teams are neck and neck in the fight for the 3rd step of the podium. The teams are Kawasaki-mounted BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers (Anthony Loiseau, Jonathan Hardt and Julien Pilot), Suzuki-mounted No Limits Motor Team (Kevin Calia, Luca Scassa and Alexis Masbou), and RAC41 ChromeBurner, the only Honda still in the classification, with riders Chris Leesch, Grégory Fastré and Wayne Tessels.
VRD Igol Experiences are 6th as of midday and 3rd among the Formula EWC teams. Florian Alt, Florian Marino and Nico Terol were in the Top 5 early in the race before they crashed.
Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers CMS Motostore (Superstock) should have been among the leaders but engine failure added their name to the long list of teams who have withdrawn. Another high-profile Superstock, National Motos Honda, withdrew because of an oil leak following crashes.
With 3 hours to go for the finish, there are 20 teams left on track. The night-time rain, several crashes and mechanical issues have forced more than half of the field to withdraw. The favourites were not spared. Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, F.C.C. TSR Honda France and YART–Yamaha Official EWC Team all suffered engine failure. ERC Endurance-Ducati withdrew from the race following a crash when they were in 3rd place.
Two other teams who had engine failure were Bolliger Team Switzerland and Wójcik Racing Team. 3ART Best of Bike quit the race with a blocked gearbox after a crash. Team 33 Louit April Moto attempted to continue racing with two riders after Luca Vitali was injured but were forced to throw in the towel.
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.