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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.

Moriwaki Motul Racing posted the fastest time at the Suzuka three-day test. Returning to the fray after a nine-year absence, the Pirelli-mounted Honda team showed it is a serious contender for the Suzuka 8 Hours win.

Sodo Hamahara will be Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s third rider at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Currently racing in JSB1000, the Japanese superbike championship, with Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing, Sodo Hamahara will shore up Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson on the Suzuki #1 to try and net SERT a 16th world title.

Sodo Hamahara will be Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s third rider at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Currently racing in JSB1000, the Japanese superbike championship, with Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing, Sodo Hamahara will shore up Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson on the Suzuki #1 to try and net SERT a 16th world title.

Raphaël Chaussé, the creator and team manager of Team R2CL, passed away in a road accident yesterday (Wednesday). Raphaël was a major figure in Endurance racing. He had been gearing up for Suzuka at the end of July.

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing was quickest at the first two days of factory testing at Suzuka this week, posting a 2’07.232 fastest lap to top the timesheets ahead of Musashi RT Harc-Pro and Kawasaki Team Green.

Things are hotting up in Suzuka. The first private tests have started in Japan, and if the line-ups announced by the big-hitting teams are any indication, we can look forward to some spectacular on-track action. MotoGP, Moto2, FIM Superbike and British Superbike riders will take their place on the grid alongside FIM EWC top players intent on winning the final round of the world championship—the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Things are hotting up in Suzuka. The first private tests have started in Japan, and if the line-ups announced by the big-hitting teams are any indication, we can look forward to some spectacular on-track action. MotoGP, Moto2, FIM Superbike and British Superbike riders will take their place on the grid alongside FIM EWC top players intent on winning the final round of the world championship—the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events met with the teams competing in the FIM EWC during the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to outline proposed changes to the FIM EWC 2017-2018 regulations.

The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events met with the teams competing in the FIM EWC during the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to outline proposed changes to the FIM EWC 2017-2018 regulations.