19 September 2021
It was a rainy night and a cruel one for the favourites. Yoshimura SERT Motul kept the lead. The Franco-Japanese squad are the only factory team still in a position to win the 84th Bol d’Or at 3pm today.
Yoshimura SERT Motul’s Suzuki, which is being ridden by Gregg Black, Xavier Simeon and Sylvain Guintoli, has a 12-lap lead over the Yamaha of the independent team Moto Ain (Randy de Puniet, Robin Mulhauser and Roberto Rolfo). Moto Ain, a two-time winner of the FIM Superstock World Cup, are racing their first season in the EWC class.
16 hours into the race, Moto Ain have only a slim lead over the first Superstock team, BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers with riders Anthony Loiseau, Jonathan Hardt and Julien Pilot, whose Kawasaki has been among the front-runners since the beginning of the race.
There are 5 other Superstock teams in the Top 10 two-thirds of the way into the race: OG Motorsport by Sarazin, Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers CMS Motostore, No Limits Motor Team, RAC41 ChromeBurner and Falcon Racing.
VRD Igol Experiences are in 9th place. They had a podium place but crashed after the rain began last night.
Motobox Kremer Racing round off the Top 10.
Many of the favourites were forced to withdraw. At the beginning of the race, four teams were involved in a lively fight – Yoshimura SERT Motul, Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar, F.C.C. TSR Honda France and YART–Yamaha Official EWC Team. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team and ERC Endurance-Ducati also featured among the leading teams. But engine failures and crashes knocked out all the factory machines.
The Superstock class is also missing a couple of players. National Motos withdrew because of an oil leak after two crashes. Team 33 Louit April Moto withdrew after attempting to race as a two-person team following Luca Vitali’s crash.
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.