Pressure mounting on Superstock teams

2018-05-31T16:29:01+02:00May 31st, 2018|2017-2018, 8 Hours of Oschersleben 2018|

The countdown to the FIM EWC World Cup at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben has begun, and the handful of Superstock teams who stand a chance of winning the World Cup or the race in Germany are feeling the pressure.

Tati Team Beaujolais Racing heads to Germany as leader of the provisional standings in the Superstock class. But the Kawasaki-mounted team comprising Julien Enjolras, Julien Pilot and Kevin Denis will have to play a tight game to stave off keen rivals who are only a few points behind.

Our strategy is to run a fine race,’ says Tati Team Beaujolais team manager Patrick Enjolras. ‘We’ll have to strive to maintain our edge over some fast and experienced teams.’

With only 7 points separating them from Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki and a mere 10-point lead over Moto Ain, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing face the most pressure. Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki have a very clear strategy. ‘We’ve got nothing to lose,’ says Damien Saulnier, team manager of the Suzuki #72. ‘We’re second, so we’ll be riding flat out to put pressure on the leader. We aim to finish the race in the top 10.’ That’s the goal Hugo Clère, Alex Sarrabayrouse and Louis Rossi will set out to achieve.

Moto Ain, last year’s Superstock winner at Ochersleben, are playing it cool, but they have big ambitions too. ‘We’re going to race the way we always do – no particular strategy or techniques to manage the race,’ says Moto Ain team manager Pierre Chapuis. ‘The goal is to run a good race and get as close as possible to the podium.’ Roberto Rolfo, Alexis Masbou and Christoffer Bergman will be riding the Moto Ain Yamaha.

Possible upset on the cards
Currently 19 and 20 points respectively behind the leader, No Limits Motor Team and Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences (winner of the Superstock World Cup last season) are also keen to wade into the Superstock podium fight in Germany.

Suzuki-mounted Italian squad No Limits Motor Team (Christian Gamarino, Luca Scassa and Michael Mazzina) have consistently collected points since the start of the season.

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences intend to make up for lost time at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben after a rocky start to the season. ‘We botched it at the Bol d’Or and the 24 Heures Motos because we weren’t cool and clear-headed enough,’ admits Yannick Lucot, the Yamaha #333 team manager. ‘But since then we’ve scored a win in Slovakia, then at the 12 Heures de Magny-Cours (a non-championship race). The team has made a lot of progress, and we’ll be heading into the race at Oschersleben with the same goal as the other teams: the Superstock win.’
Axel Maurin, Florian Alt and Vincent Lonbois will be riding the Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences bike.

BMW-mounted German team Gert56 and French Suzuki-mounted team Atomic, who turned in a fine performance at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, will also be worth keeping an eye on.

The 8 Hours of Oschersleben official tests will start at 10am CEST on 7 June at Oschersleben’s Motorsport Arena. The race is scheduled to take place on Saturday 9 June from 1pm to 9pm.

2017-2018 FIM World Cup provisional teams ranking