25 June 2017
Having emerged as the leading contender to win the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy just over halfway into the race on the Slovakia Ring, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC also won a superb duel in the closing stages. With Stefan Kerschbaumer, Jan Bühn and Julian Puffe riding, the German team’s BMW #48 was 5th past the finish line, snatching the Superstock victory from Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences – though the latter won the FIM EWC 2016-2017 World Cup after the final Superstock race of the season in Slovakia.
AM Moto Racing Compétition finished 11th overall and won the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy’s €3,000 runner-up cash prize. Alexandre Ayer and Jonathan Hugot completed the race as a two-man team on the French squad’s Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Another Kawasaki-mounted French team rounded off the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy podium in Slovakia. Tati Team Beaujolais Racing (Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Kevin Denis) finished 13th despite a crash early on in the race, pocketing the €2,700 cash prize awarded to the second-runner up in the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy.
The other prize-winners at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring were Poland’s Wójcik FHP YART Racing Team, French teams Moto 39 Compétition and Moto Ain CRT, and Slovakian squads Maco Racing 2 and Motomaxx Racing Team.
The EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy – renewed this season by FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, the organizers of individual FIM EWC races and tyre manufacturer Dunlop – gives backing to Dunlop-shod private teams that do not benefit from direct support from a manufacturer.
8 Hours of Slovakia Ring 2017
EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy final standings
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.