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FIM EWC beckons speed racers

FIM EWC beckons speed racers

13/03/2017 11:59

Jules Cluzel will be on the starting grid at the 24 Heures Motos. This follows the arrival of Mike Di Meglio at GMT94 Yamaha, and the return of Randy de Puniet to Team SRC Kawasaki. MotoGP riders are increasingly swayed by the particular charm of the FIM EWC.

Jules Cluzel has given in to the siren call of Endurance. World Supersport vice-champion in 2016, 2014 and 2012 after seven Grand Prix seasons including some nifty feats in Moto2, Jules Cluzel is once again chasing the World Supersport title this year. But that won’t stop him giving Endurance a whirl for the very first time, at the 24 Heures Motos, aboard Team LMD63’s Yamaha Superstock. This team based in Clermont-Ferrand previously got it itself noticed by hiring Olympic pole vaulting champion Renaud Lavillénie to race the 24 Heures Motos in 2013 and 2014. Jules Cluzel will be teaming up with seasoned Endurance riders David Perret and Lucas de Carolis.

MotoGP and World Supersport
Jules Cluzel is the latest name on an ever-longer list of MotoGP riders attracted to Endurance racing. Back in November, GMT94 Yamaha announced the arrival of GP125 world champion Mike Di Meglio to replace Lucas Mahias – hired by factory team GRT Yamaha in World Supersport, where he is already making waves. Mike Di Meglio will be riding with David Checa and Niccolò Canepa.

Randy de Puniet will be on the starting grid again this year with Team SRC Kawasaki after his first outing on the factory-backed Kawasaki, which placed second at the 2016 Bol d’Or. The French MotoGP rider will once again team up with World Supersport champion Fabien Foret, a long-time convert to Endurance. Mathieu Gines will complete Team SRC.

The line-up at the start of the 24 Heures Motos – the second round of the FIM EWC 2016-2017 – will also include Alexis Masbou, former Moto3 rider and Superstock winner of the last Bol d’Or with Team Moto Ain. He will once again be riding alongside Hugo Clere. Moto Ain will also be hiring Swiss rider Robin Mulhauser, who previously rode in Moto2 and is racing the FIM Supersport world championship this season.

F.C.C. TSR Honda rose from the depths of the standings to finish fifth at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben after fielding only two riders for nearly the entire duration of an epic race.

The American motorcycle champion had succombed to his injuries following a cycling accident on Wednesday 17 May in Italy.

Sixth past the finish line at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben, Moto Ain CRT won the Superstock class in Germany. The team also carried off the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy, coming in ahead of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, to receive €4,000 worth of prize money.

After winning the 24 Heures Motos in April, GMT94 Yamaha secured victory at the 8 Heures of Oschersleben following an epic duel with YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. The two factory-backed Yamahas came in ahead of private team Maco Racing Team, also on a Yamaha.

After winning the 24 Heures Motos in April, GMT94 Yamaha secured victory at the 8 Heures of Oschersleben following an epic duel with YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. The two factory-backed Yamahas came in ahead of private team Maco Racing Team, also on a Yamaha.

The two factory-backed Yamahas are fighting the predicted duel at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben. GMT94 Yamaha and YART Yamaha Official EWC Team surged into the lead, and had been in a neck-to-neck battle for over five hours when a stop-and-go penalty slowed the French Yamaha.

The two factory-backed Yamahas are fighting the predicted duel at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben. GMT94 Yamaha and YART Yamaha Official EWC Team surged into the lead, and had been in a neck-to-neck battle for over five hours when a stop-and-go penalty slowed the French Yamaha.

What with two-rider stints and old injuries flaring up, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben is proving to be an uphill battle for some teams.