The FIM EWC is an exciting championship in which both the motorcycles and riders (mostly male, occasionally female) are sorely put to the test in races lasting from 8 hours to 24 hours.
The 2019-2020 season will comprise five rounds in France, Germany, Malaysia and Japan. From September 2019 to July 2020, the FIM EWC takes place on prestigious tracks like the Paul Ricard circuit at Castellet and the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans in France, and the Suzuka circuit in Japan. The championship also includes a race in Eastern Europe, at Oschersleben in Germany.
In Malaysia, Sepang International Circuit will host the very first edition of 8 Hours of Sepang during an all-new dual event for bikes & cars, which will go down in Asia’s motorsport history. Held in December 2019, the 8 Hours of Sepang will be a qualifying race for Suzuka 8 Hours Grand Finale 2020.
Since Eurosport Events took over as promoter of the EWC alongside the FIM in 2015, the world championship has witnessed a substantial increase in both media coverage, with races being broadcast worldwide, and race attendance figures, as a result of renewed interest in the sport. The championship is also attracting bigger, more international rider line-ups, with an ever-increasing number of new, high-level teams and riders signing up to compete in the FIM EWC each year.
The FIM EWC has some features that really set it apart from other motorsport events. All the races take place partly at night, including the 8-hour races. And the FIM EWC is one of the few world championships in which teams are free to choose their tyres. Another particularity of the FIM EWC is the spectacular Le Mans-style standing start: riders sprint across the track to jump on their bikes.
These long-distance races can be gruelling for both the riders and the machines. Teams are made up of two to three riders, who each ride stints before handing the bike (the race machine is very similar to a road bike) over to one of their teammates.
TWO RACE CATEGORIES
Formula EWC for the FIM EWC Endurance World Championship
Black number plate background, white-light headlamps and minimum weight 175 kg.
Formula EWC is the top category, and performance improvements during the race are possible. The overall appearance of the bike cannot deviate from the homologated model, but the fork, damper, swing-arm, brakes, radiator and exhaust can be modified. Teams are also given a relatively free hand to soup up engine performance. The chassis is equipped with a quick wheel change system.
Superstock for the FIM World Endurance Cup
Red number plate background, yellow-light headlamps and minimum weight of 168 kg.
For Superstock, the machines are practically identical to production bikes. The engine is as provided by the manufacturer, with very limited modifications permitted (injector jets and fuel mapping, clutch reinforcement, a different exhaust silencer, etc.). Wheels must remain as homologated, so teams need a good wheel change strategy at pit stops.
In both Formula EWC and Superstock, the fuel tank is modified to a maximum capacity of 24 litres and fitted with a quick refuelling device.