Six events and new calendar structure for FIM EWC 2016/2017
As Eurosport Events announced it last year as FIM EWC promoter, next season will feature a new calendar structure. 2016/2017 season will start next 17/18 September at Paul Ricard with Bol d’Or, and end next July 2017 at Suzuka, for a total of 6 events in Europe and Asia.
François Ribeiro, head of Eurosport Events
“We are following the road map shared last year with FIM and EWC stake-holders: make EWC more international, attract Japanese teams, offer one event per month and play down world titles on a mythic and unique event. By walking away from calendar year season, we are aware of minor complications to the teams, but are putting all the possible energy and believe to make EWC a better world championship. We will disclose next Autumn more details about the new June EWC round, and should add a new winter round in 2017/18 season to attract more Asian teams at Suzuka and in the championship.
In parallel, we are working hand in hand with FIM to bring few modifications to sporting regulations which should protect privateers’ positions and re-enforce manufacturers’ interest to support teams by making manufacturers’ championship more attractive and dynamic. Everything will be on the table of CCR next September”.
2016/2017 FIM EWC Provisional Calendar
September 17/18 – Bol d’Or (24 h) / Paul Ricard – France
March 18 – 12 Horas de Portimão / Portugal*
April 22/23 – 24 Heures Motos / Le Mans – France*
May 20 – 8 Hours of Oschersleben / Germany
June 24 – 8 Hours race / Europe TBA
July 30 – Suzuka 8 Hours / Japan
* Date subject to modification in late November