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Slovakia Ring joins FIM EWC

Slovakia Ring joins FIM EWC

28/11/2016 12:03

The FIM EWC has an all-new round – the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, to be held on Saturday 24 June 2017 on the Slovakia Ring circuit a short distance from Bratislava. This new race slots into the 2016/2017 season. The next round of the FIM EWC, the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans, is scheduled for 15 and 16 April.

The new-format FIM EWC 2016/2017 season kicked off on 17 and 18 September 2016 with the Bol d’Or race on the Paul Ricard circuit in Castellet. Four other races will make up the calendar, including an all-new race on the Slovakia Ring circuit. The 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring promises to be a headline event. Located within a short distance of the capital, Bratislava, and the border with Austria, the Slovakia Ring is run by a dynamic and professional team. The races at this fantastic 6-km track regularly draw large crowds of spectators. The 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring is scheduled to take place on Saturday 24 June 2017, from 1.30pm to 9.30pm CET, i.e. a night finish.

Portimão postponed to 2017/2018
The 12 Horas de Portimão, initially scheduled for mid-March 2017, has been postponed to the 2017/2018 season. This will enable Portugal, and the team at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, to consolidate preparations to host a major Endurance race in 2018. There was also a risk that the delayed arrival of the new homologated bikes for 2017 would handicap the preparations of some teams.

2016-2017 FIM EWC final round, 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours
So the next round of the FIM EWC 2016/2017 will be the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans on 15 and 16 April. The new date for the 8 Hours of Oschersleben in Germany is 20 May, one month ahead of the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring on 24 June. On 30 July, the 40th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours will round off the FIM EWC 2016/2017 in style. In order to ensure that this grand finale takes place in optimal conditions, it has been decided to make a complete control of the first 10 bikes after the finish of the race.

Looking ahead to 2018
Eurosport Events and FIM are already hard at work organizing a forthcoming wintertime event, scheduled for February 2018 in Asia. This race is being rolled out in collaboration with Suzuka, and will be a qualifier for Japanese teams and squads from elsewhere in Asia wishing to compete at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Eurosport Events will confirm this event on condition that it can offer logistics support to participating European and Asian teams.

FIM EWC 2016/2017 calendar
17/18 September – Bol d’Or (24h) / Le Castellet – France
15/16 April – 24 Heures Motos / Le Mans – France
20 May – 8 Hours of Oschersleben / Germany
24 June – 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring / Slovakia
30 July – Suzuka 8 Hours / Japan

Hats off to GMT94 Yamaha, winner of the 2016-2017 FIM endurance world championship after the grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours – the concluding race of a hotly fought season.

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing kept up the fight for the entire 8 hours. After starting a climb back up from the bottom of the standings in the wake of a crash, the Japanese Suzuki team was 7th past the chequered flag at the Suzuka 8 Hours.

One of the few Superstock teams on the Suzuka 8 Hours starting grid, KRP Sanyo Kogyo & RS-Itoh finished the race in 22nd place, coming in ahead of EWC teams Clever Wolf Racing & 3ART and HKC & IMT Racing to win the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy.

The post-race scrutineers at the Suzuka 8 Hours found all the machines to be in compliance with regulations. The provisional results of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, have therefore been confirmed.

The post-race scrutineers at the Suzuka 8 Hours found all the machines to be in compliance with regulations. The provisional results of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, have therefore been confirmed.

Yamaha Factory Racing Team won the Suzuka 8 Hours for the third successive year. The Japanese factory team crossed the finish line ahead of Kawasaki Team Green and F.C.C. TSR Honda. GMT94 Yamaha finished 11th to lift the 2016-2017 FIM EWC world championship title.

A look at the provisional world standings at the halfway mark of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.