FIM EWC Endurance World Championship Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:41:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, winner of the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:44:34 +0000

Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Kevin Denis ran a flawless race at the 24 Heures Motos. After starting out 21st in the saddle of Tati Team Beaujolais Racing’s Kawasaki, they finished a superb 6th to scoop both the Superstock win and the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy. Tati Team Beaujolais Racing also shot to the top of the provisional standings of the FIM EWC World Cup and now equals the points tally of Moto Ain CRT, the Superstock winner at the Bol d’Or, the first round of the FIM EWC 2016-2017.

With Alexis Masbou, Hugo Clère and Robin Mulhauser, World Supersport rider and FIM EWC rookie, Moto Ain CRT (Yamaha) gave fresh proof of its ambition to win the FIM EWC World Cup. The team finished 7th at the 24 Heures Motos, thereby earning itself the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy’s runner-up prize, worth €4,200.

AM Moto Racing Compétition (Kawasaki) rounded off the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy podium at the 24 Heures Motos. Having crossed the finish line 10th with riders Alex Plancassagne, Alexandre Ayer and Adrien Ganfornina, AM Moto Racing Compétition won €3,700 in prize money.

The other prize-winning teams at the 24 Heures Motos were RAC 41, DL Moto Racing, Zuff Racing Team, Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers, Creo TRT27 Bazar 2 la Bécane, Motos Actives Sport 14, Metiss JLC Moto, Motostand Endurance, Moto Center Fast Team Racing, Pit Lane Endurance and Girls Racing Team.

The EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy – renewed this season by FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, the organizers of each of the FIM EWC 2016/2017 races and tyre manufacturer Dunlop – gives backing to private teams using Dunlop tyres that do not benefit from direct support from a manufacturer.

24 Heures Motos 2017 – EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy standings

Highlights of EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy on 24 Heures Motos

SERT awarded the first Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:33:32 +0000

Their will to stay the course, their ability to pick themselves back up after the toughest of ordeals, and the motivation of the entire team, faithful to the spirit of Endurance so dear to Anthony Delhalle: these were the reasons behind the jury’s decision to award the first ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ to the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, who finished the 24 Heures Motos in 4th place.

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team had to come to grips with the demise of their rider Anthony Delhalle a few weeks before the second round of the FIM EWC. Despite the shock of his untimely death and the absence of team manager Dominique Méliand, an iconic figure who has withdrawn from the circuit for a few months for health reasons, the entire squad banded together in a fine demonstration of the spirit of Endurance.

Anthony Delhalle’s wife Jessie gave away the first trophy to the whole team, represented on the podium by riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Alex Cudlin, and by Dominique Hébrard, SERT’s team manager at Le Mans.

The ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ will be given out after each FIM EWC championship race to keep the sporting spirit and character of a great rider of the calibre of Anthony Delhalle alive on the racing circuit for a long time to come.

GMT94 carries off a brilliant win against YART and SRC Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:01:47 +0000

GMT94 Yamaha pulled off an exceptional performance after wresting the lead in the race at 11am today. David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio completed 860 laps, finishing with a less-than-20s lead over Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Kohta Nozane for the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. Yamaha last won at Le Mans in 2009 with YART, and in 2005 with GMT94.

This 40th edition of the 24 Heures Motos will be remembered for the amazing performance and endurance of the two factory-backed Yamaha squads, who dominated the proceedings for nearly the entire duration of the race. After a lengthy spell in the lead, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team gave in to insistent pressure from GMT94 Yamaha in the late stages of the race.

Their unstinting battle enabled the two teams to finish 12 laps ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki, who placed 3rd at this edition of the 24 Heures Motos, with Randy de Puniet, Fabien Foret and Mathieu Gines in the saddle. After being slowed down by a crash and a few technical issues, SRC Kawasaki finished with a narrow 45-second lead over Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Alex Cudlin), also slowed by crashes. SERT, the winner of the Bol d’Or, the first round of the FIM EWC 2016-2017, still tops the world championship standings ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki and GMT94 Yamaha.

F.C.C. TSR Honda ran a flawless race and finished 5th. Though the excellent performance of riders Gregg Black, Damian Cudlin and Arturo Tizon was somewhat overshadowed by the front-end duels, it enables the squad to remain in the running for the title as current 4th place holder in the overall standings.

Tati Team Beaujolais Racing the winner in Superstock
With a 6th place finish, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing was the top Superstock. Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Kevin Denis ran a faultless race on their Kawasaki ZX-10R. They also won the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy, which netted them a €5,000 prize. With a 7th place finish, the 2nd Superstock, Moto Ain CRT, won the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy runner-up prize. After leading the category for a good portion of the race, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences lost ground because of an oil leak problem and finished 3rd Superstock and 9th overall behind Maco Racing Team. Another Superstock team, AM Moto Racing, rounded off the Top 10.

Handicapped from the start by a chain problem, Honda Endurance Racing finished 11th, ahead of Japanese team Eva RT Webike Trick Star. Another favourite, Tecmas BMW, also had a rocky time of it, and finished 28th.

A record-breaking edition
The 40th edition of the race in the presence of Susumu Yamashita, Chairman of Mobilityland and owner of the Suzuka circuit, saw a few records smashed. Randy de Puniet broke the lap record with a 1’36.408 lap. The race also witnessed a new record distance of 860 laps in 24 hours, and the narrowest gap of its history at the finish (19s 819): proof of the sheer intensity of Endurance racing.

The frenzied pace was hard on riders and bikes alike, and quite a few threw in the towel. After an excellent start in the Top 10, Bolliger Team Switzerland dropped back, then withdrew altogether with an electronics problem on Sunday morning, while Team April Moto Motors Events quit the race in the early evening of Saturday when the gearbox on its Honda CBR1000RR broke.

Mechanical breakdowns also forced EVO IVRacing BMW CSEU, WSB Endurance, Ecurie Chrono Sport and Starteam 67 to withdraw.

Next FIM EWC race: the 8 Hours of Oschersleben on 20 May.

24 Heures Motos Final Classification

FIM EWC 2016-2017 All results

A record-breaking edition Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:35:45 +0000

Randy de Puniet got the ball rolling by smashing the lap time record on Saturday afternoon. The Team SRC Kawasaki rider completed a 1’36.408 lap, breaking the 1’36.722 record set by his teammate Fabien Foret in 2013. With just under four hours of the race to go, there’s still time for an even faster lap to be posted.

The distance record also looks set to be broken. 679 laps have been completed 19 hours into the race, compared to the previous record of 668 laps in 2010.

The record for the smallest gap between the two bikes in the lead is also likely to be shattered. The closest finish dates to 2005, when Yamaha GMT and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team crossed the finish line within 20.459 of each other. Four hours from the race finish, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and GMT94 Yamaha were a mere 7 seconds apart!

Assuming the rankings don’t change from here to the finish, we’ll also be cheering Yamaha’s return to the top step of the podium. Yamaha’s last win dates to 2009.

Yamaha still in control Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:21:41 +0000

The two teams have been separated by a gap of mere seconds ever since the start of the race. Meanwhile, three teams are battling for 3rd place nine laps behind the two machines in the lead. F.C.C. TSR Honda are running a faultless race in this well-placed pack. At 7am they were leading Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, who did a catch-up overnight, and Team SRC Kawasaki, who were slowed down by electrical issues during the night.

In Superstock, the battle for victory has become more close-fought after Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, which had been leading the race since the start, suffered a setback – a broken oil filter. Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing are now in the same lap, in 6th and 7th place, ahead of Moto Ain CRT. Mechanical problems have distanced Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki in the fight for the Superstock podium.

Maco Racing Team carried off a smooth climb into the Top 10 overnight to pick up bonus points at the 16-hour mark together with Bolliger Team Switzerland, currently placed 10th.

Results after 16 h

Two Yamahas in a duel for the lead Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:37:01 +0000

The two factory-backed Yamahas have been battling for the lead since the race started, and are still going strong. YART Yamaha Official EWC Team scooped the 10 bonus points awarded to the team in the lead 8 hours into the race – a well-deserved recompense for the Austrian Yamaha after holding on to the lead for more than 260 laps. The French GMT94 Yamaha – giving dogged chase close behind – picked up 9 points. Following Randy de Puniet’s crash, Team Kawasaki SRC has climbed back up to 3rd place, 3 laps behind the leader.

The first Superstock, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, is putting in a sterling performance, and is in 4th place 8 hours in.

F.C.C. TSR Honda also well-placed 5 laps behind, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team which got slowed down by running off the track twice.

Other competitive Superstock teams are Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki and Moto Ain CRT, lapping ahead of Bolliger Team Switzerland in the Top 10.

Another set of bonus point will be awarded at 7am, after the 16-hour mark.

Results after 8th hour

Superstocks putting on a real show Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:33:01 +0000

After making its mark in qualifying, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences has outclassed the other Superstock teams since the start of the race. The bike – with Axel Maurin, Bastien Mackels and FlorIan Alt taking turns in the saddle – currently leads the category, placing 5th to 7th between refuelling stops. The squad’s main rivals are Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, with Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Kevin Denis on a Kawasaki, and Moto Ain CRT, with Alexis Masbou, Hugo Clere and Robin Mulhauser on a Yamaha. Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki (Baptiste Guittet, Cédric Tangre and Robin Camus) and the Kawasaki-mounted Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers (Eddy Dupuy, Benjamin Colliaux and Maxime Cudeville) have now joined the Superstock fray, and are regularly making forays into the Top 10.

Results after 6 hours

A fast-paced, eventful start Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:41:38 +0000

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and Team SRC Kawasaki waged a duel for the lead for the first three hours of the race. Then Randy de Puniet crashed shortly after 6pm, leaving YART Yamaha Official EWC Team in sole command. Both riders broke the lap record several times in the early part of the race. Randy de Puniet has notched up the fastest lap so far: a 1’36.408.

GMT94 Yamaha and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team are striving to keep up the pace, and closing in on the leader, while F.C.C. TSR Honda is holding on to 5th place behind SRC Kawasaki.

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences is in 6th place, confirming its credentials as the best Superstock team. The team is ahead of Tati Team Beaujolais Racing and Moto Ain CRT in class.

Some of the favourites had a rocky start. A transmission issue followed by an electronics problem relegated Honda Endurance Racing to the bottom of the rankings in the very early stages. Tecmas BMW is lagging far behind too as a result of a crash.

24 Heures Motos results

Elisabeth Callens wins Kawasaki contest Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:08:02 +0000

The ZX-10R bearing the livery of Team SRC Kawasaki was handed over to Elisabeth Callens, the lucky winner of a contest on the website L’ Pierre Scomo, head of racing at Kawasaki Motor France, and François Ribeiro, Head of operations Eurosport Events, gave Elisabeth, who had made the journey from Wingles in the Pas-de-Calais region, the keys to her new bike.

Vibrant homage to Anthony Delhalle Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:44:28 +0000

A very moving homage to the rider – followed by a minute of sustained clapping by spectators and competing teams at the 24 Heures Motos – was paid on the Bugatti circuit straight in the presence of Anthony’s wife Jessie Delhalle, who was flanked by his SERT teammates Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson.

The first ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ will be awarded after the race ends on Sunday in order to pay a strong and lasting homage to Anthony Delhalle, the world champion who was part of the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.

The trophy will be awarded to any team or rider, whether amateur or factory-backed, who does something remarkable during the race: climbing back up the ranks, repairing a bike, helping a competitor, or carrying off a collective or individual feat. The honorary award, decided by a jury and given out after every race in the FIM EWC championship, is intended to keep the sporting spirit and character of a great rider of the calibre of Anthony Delhalle alive on the racing circuit for a long time to come.

Jessie Delhalle will hand out the first ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ after the finish of the 24 Heures Motos on Sunday.

We will never forget you, Anthony!