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24 Heures Motos 2024
24 Heures Motos 2024

24 Heures Motos 2024

24 Heures Motos 2024

Circuit Bugatti - Le Mans - 24°C
20 Apr. 2024 - 3PM CEST
Rather than the 13.626-kilometre Circuit de La Sarthe, the traditional EWC curtain-raiser takes place on the 4.185-kilometre Bugatti Circuit. The demanding layout comes complete with the famous Le Mans start/finish straight, Dunlop Esses and Ford Chicane, while a twisty infield ensures there’s little respite. Riders also face the prospect of shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures during the night and early morning. Although the inaugural 24 Heures Motos took place in 1978, when Jean-Claude Chemarin and Christian Léon rode a Honda to victory, the ACO staged its first motorbike race in 1912, long before the Bugatti Circuit’s September 1966 inauguration.
Track length4.185 km
Race duration24 hours
2023 Winner-
Qualifying lap recordYART - Yamaha Official Team EWC, Karel Hanika, 1m34.878s, 2022
Race lap recordBMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, Illya Mykhalchyk, 1m36.751s, 2023

2023 EWC - Race winners

2023 EWC - Race winners

Joshua HOOKMike DI MEGLIOAlan TECHER
F.C.C. TSR HONDA FRANCE

2023 EWC - Race results

2023 EWC - Race results

01
F.C.C. TSR HONDA FRANCE
63 pts
02
YART YAMAHA OFFICIAL TEAM EWC
54 pts
03
BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM
39 pts
04
ERC ENDURANCE DUCATI
38 pts
05
HONDA VILTAÏS RACING
36 pts
06
TATI TEAM BERINGER RACING
33 pts
07
Yoshimura SERT Motul
23 pts
08
KAWASAKI WEBIKE TRICKSTAR
23 pts
09
Wójcik Racing Team EWC
17 pts
10
Team Bolliger Switzerland #8
16 pts
11
Motobox Kremer Racing #65
10 pts
12
MACO RACING team
10 pts
13
Team LRP Poland
9 pts
14
TEAM MOTO AIN
2 pts

2024 Calendar

2024 Calendar

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21 Jul. 2024

Circuit Paul Ricard

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Latest News

Latest News

11 April 2024

Team Aviobike makes Aprilia EWC move with World Cup winner Calia

Team Aviobike will bring the Aprilia name back to the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2024 when it unleashes an RSV4 1100 on the series.Giovanni Baggi’s Italy-based squad, which previously raced Yamaha motorcycles in the EWC, has formed technical alliances with Nuova M2 and Revo Racing Project to run an Aprilia in the Superstock-based FIM Endurance World Cup, which uses tyres from exclusive supplier Dunlop.As well as counting on Italian technology, Team Aviobike’s four riders for 2024 – Luca Bernardi, Kevin Calia, Samuele Cavalieri and Francesco Cocco – are all from Italy.While Bernardi and Cavalieri are EWC newcomers, Cocco has one EWC start to his name from 2021 when he contested but was unable to finish the 12 Hours of Estoril in Portugal. However, in Calia, Team Aviobike has secured the services of a rider with considerable EWC experience and pedigree after he formed part of the Team 33 Louit April Moto line-up that claimed last season’s FIM Endurance World Cup. 

11 April 2024

EWC season-deciding Bol d’Or chosen to host Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale

In an exciting move, the FIM Endurance World Championship will welcome a new guest race at the Bol d’Or season showdown in September.For the first time, the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale will take place as part of an EWC race weekend with a 20-minute winner-takes-all contest scheduled at 12h30 CET on 14 September ahead of the Bol d’Or getting under way at 15h00.After the first two editions of the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale, in 2022 and 2023, were run alongside the FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha Racing’s decision to join forces with EWC promoter Warner Bros. Discovery Sports is a significant development.Not only does it underline the growing appeal of the EWC to motorcycle manufacturers, scheduling the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale during the Bol d’Or weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard gives its riders the opportunity to experience an EWC event and benefit from the promotional and organisational excellence on offer. With the EWC the recognised Home of Endurance Racing where every moment is unmissable, it’s also a chance for the riders to showcase their skills in front of EWC team managers.With 83,000 fans in attendance during last September’s Bol d’Or, there will be no shortage of support for the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale contenders. This will include words of encouragement from Niccolò Canepa, Marvin Fritz and Karel Hanika, who clinched the FIM Endurance World Championship for Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team when the 86th running of the Bol d’Or decided the all-action 2023 EWC season. The trio will offer insights into the secrets of a fast lap around Circuit Paul Ricard during a question and answer session with the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale riders.Approximately 30 riders competing in national-level Yamaha Cups and Challenges will be invited to take part in the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale. Following Free Practice and Qualifying, the first of two races will take place on Friday 13 September ahead of the deciding event on Saturday 14 September shortly before the EWC riders take to the track for the Bol d’Or.On offer to the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale winner is a brand new R7, the latest in Yamaha’s R-series range of bikes, that combines the perfect blend of agile handling and sports performance with everyday fun, according to the manufacturer. The second and third-placed riders will win vouchers for GYTR performance parts that can be redeemed from their local Yamaha GYTR PRO shop. Video highlights will be available on the Yamaha Racing YouTube channel. Updates will be published on the Yamaha Racing social media channels and website.The R7 SuperFinale riders will be offered full support at the event, where they will be located in the dedicated R7 SuperFinale Village situated inside the EWC paddock. After the mandatory briefings, the riders will join bLU cRU Rider Coach Lorenzo Alfonsi for a guided tour of the Le Castellet track. Alfonsi will provide advice to help them with line choice and correct gear selection.Jean-Baptiste Ley, Head of Motorsport at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, said: “It’s fantastic that at an event where Yamaha Racing achieved such a momentous title in 2023 will host the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale 12 months later. In our 10th season as EWC promoter, we are very excited to welcome the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale family to the Bol d’Or, an event as famous as it is prestigious. The fact that Yamaha Racing has chosen the Bol d’Or as the venue of this highly significant competition speaks volumes about the strength and appeal of the EWC to manufacturers. We look forward to providing a fitting platform for the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale and hope for memorable and successful weekend for all competitors.”Paolo Pavesio, Marketing and Motorsport Director, Yamaha Motor Europe, said: “We are delighted to announce that the R7 European SuperFinale will form a part of the FIM EWC final round of the 2024 season and run alongside the historic Bol d’Or. It will create an incredible atmosphere for the SuperFinale participants. Before they take to the track, they will get the opportunity to meet the riders of the Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC team, the reigning Endurance world champions, offering them an excellent opportunity to learn from the very best and get advice on tackling the iconic Circuit Paul Ricard and its infamous Mistral Straight. Plus, over 80,000 people attended the race in 2023, so the competitors will also get to experience the atmosphere and excitement of racing in front of packed stands full of passionate fans to create what will surely be some very special memories.”The Bol d’Or is organised at Circuit Paul Ricard in France by the Association of France Moto-Cyclecariste, Moto Revue and AMCF Sport. Promoted by Larivière Organisation, it is run under the auspices of Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, Moto Fédératíon Française, and the leagues of Motorcyclists Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Ile de France. 

10 April 2024

Delbianco’s Pit-Lane Endurance EWC ride to realise “big dream”

Former World Superbike rider Alessandro Delbianco’s inclusion in Pit-Lane Endurance’s tweaked EWC rider line-up for the 2024 season is the realisation of a “big dream”, according to the Italian star.Delbianco has been named as a late replacement for Chilean Maximilian Scheib at the Yamaha-powered FIM Endurance World Cup team. He will link up with Finn Eemeli Lahti, Frenchman Enzo Boulom and Belgian Luca De Vleeschauwer, starting with next week’s 24 Heures Motos in Le Mans, France.“The EWC is my big dream because I’m very passionate about endurance racing,” 26-year-old Delbianco said. “This year I will make a full season with Pit-Lane Endurance, I make a wildcard in the Bol d’Or last year [with OG Motorsport World Endurance Team] and make a very good result, taking pole position in my group. We battled for the podium all the race but then we broke the engine in the morning but this is endurance.”While the Bol d’Or at Circuit Paul Ricard gave Delbianco a taste of the EWC and the challenge the riders face, the upcoming 24 Heures Motos will provide his first experience of Circuit Bugatti in racing conditions.“The track is amazing but maybe the weather is not our friend in these days,” Delbianco said. “But it’s okay, maybe it’s a very difficult for a 24-hour race but we try.  “The Bol d’Or in the night was amazing and this place [Le Mans] with all the people will be another amazing experience.“For sure we ride for making a podium because we are a good team with very good riders. We are all fast riders so why not?” Photo: Facebook.com/aledelbianco52

09 April 2024

Maco man Choy’s significant EWC return

Martin Choy’s inclusion in the Maco Racing line-up for the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship represents a return to a previous life – and an opportunity he’s determined to make the most of.The 40-year-old from Bulgaria will partner Croatia’s Martin Vugrinec, who took part in two EWC events for the Maco Racing in 2023, plus Japanese Superstock graduate Takeshi Ishizuka from Japan in Martin Kuzma’s Slovakia-based team.“I have a long relationship with Martin Kuzma and his team from when I started in 2011 in Alpe Adria events together with Dunlop tyres, so I am happy to be part of this team this year,” Choy said. “I have experience with the Yamaha from last year and I like this bike, it’s very friendly for a rider, especially in endurance racing. I hope we will have a good season with this team, I have very good team-mates so we cross fingers for everything that it will be good for us.”Choy got to work with his new team-mates for the first time during the Pre-Test for the 24 Heures Motos – round one of the 2024 EWC from 18-21 April – last week. Choy said: “It’s very important to have good relationships with your team-mates and I think we are in a good way and I am sure we will be very close.“For me it’s very exciting to be racing in the top category because after more than five years I come back in Formula EWC. When I start in EWC I was in Formula EWC and after I moved into the Superstock class. But now to be back in EWC it’s very nice, I like this class a lot.”Maco Racing, which was established 25 years ago, is entering its 22nd EWC season in 2024. The Dunlop-equipped, Yamaha-powered team has also signed Austrian Max Melzer, a graduate from the Alpe Adria series, as its reserve rider.

08 April 2024

Route for EWC 24 Heures Motos parade revealed

Route details for the not-to-be-missed parade ahead of the 24 Heures Motos have been revealed.Event organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest has worked in close partnership with several local authorities to devise a route that all 48 motorcycles contesting the opening round of the FIM Endurance World Championship will take place on Wednesday 17 April.The history-making event begins at 15h00 from the Circuit Bugatti and follows a carefully planned route to the Place des Jacobins in the centre of Le Mans.After leaving the track, the route takes riders along Avenue Felix Geneslay, then onto Boulevard d'Estienne d'Orves, before joining Boulevard Demorieux. To reach Place des Jacobins, the motorcycles will pass along Quai Louis Blanc, Rue Wilbur Wright and then through the Cité Plantagenet tunnel. Fans will be able to access all these locations to savour the stunning spectacle.A statement from the ACO read: “The Automobile Club de l'Ouest would like to thank the numerous marshals who will ensure the safety of the riders throughout the route, as well as the National Police, who will supervise this historic parade. The ACO would also like to thank all the parties working to organise this event, namely the City of Le Mans, the Municipal Police, Setram, the Pathé Le Mans Quinconces cinema and Cenovia.”Following this parade, an official presentation of the teams will take place on Place des Jacobins hosted by Bruno Vandestick, the official speaker of the 24 Heures Motos, from approximately 16h00 local time.Fans can also enjoy a number of activities on the main square, including simulators, a wheel of fortune and autograph signing sessions. The famous 24 Heures Motos winning trophy will be on display and there will also be an opportunity to purchase tickets for the race weekend, which runs from 18-21 April.

07 April 2024

EWC aces Foray and Techer show form in France

FIM Endurance World Championship aces Kenny Foray and Alan Techer were the winners when the Championnat de France Superbike provided the action on the Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans over the weekend. After Foray triumphed for the BMW-powered Tecmas team in the opening race of the weekend, it was Honda rider Techer, who’d finished third in the first counter behind his EWC team-mate Mike Di Meglio, who took the race two triumph and the points lead after Foray had to settle for fourth place.Le Mans hosts the opening round of the 2024 EWC season from 18-21 April.

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