Tati Team Trick Star is born
Endurance racing gives rise to some beautiful friendships. Tati Team Beaujolais Racing and Trick Star Racing have combined forces to forge a common destiny and pick up speed on the route to the FIM EWC title.
These two privateer teams are both Kawasaki mounted.
French team Tati Team Beaujolais Racing recently won the Superstock World Cup after five seasons racing the FIM EWC, and is getting better with each passing year.
Japanese team Trick Star Racing has been a Suzuka 8 Hours stalwart since 2006. The squad (with a rider line-up comprising current team manager Ryuji Tsuruta) made it to the 2nd step of the 2009 Suzuka 8 Hours podium.
Trick Star Racing and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing have previously faced off on the track, as the Japanese team competed in the full 2016-2017 FIM EWC season, finishing in 10th place just behind Tati Team Beaujolais Racing.
Lacking the budget to once again feature as a full-season entry, Trick Star Racing went to the season’s best Superstock squad to propose they team up.
Tati Team Beaujolais Racing will handle the technical side of things with its team, while Trick Star Racing will bring spare parts, a budget and rider Osamu Deguchi, who regularly features among the Top 10 at Suzuka and finished 3rd at the 2016 Bol d’Or with Trick Star.
The first page of their common history will be written at the Bol d’Or, the opening race of the 2018-2019 FIM EWC season at Castellet in France this coming September. The new team, called Kawasaki Tati Team Trick Star, will line up on the grid in the Superstock class with riders Julien Enjolras, Kevin Denis and Osamu Deguchi.
“We’re looking to put together enough of a budget and attract sponsors to move up to the EWC class,” says Tati Team Beaujolais Racing team manager Patrick Enjolras. “But the main thing is to keep making progress. We’re targeting the Top 5.”
So, at this year’s Bol d’Or, watch out for the Kawasaki #4, which will have a touch of purple, Trick Star’s historic colour, on the bike’s trademark green livery.