29 November 2023
Team Bolliger Switzerland will continue to give young riders the chance to shine in the FIM Endurance World Championship by adding another emerging talent to its line-up for 2024.
A mainstay of the EWC since 1982, Team Bolliger Switzerland has recruited 22-year-old Spaniard Álex Toledo to follow on from Pedro Nuno Romero Barbosa, who joined the Kawasaki-powered squad for 2023 and turned 23 in August.
Toledo will be on duty for the season-opening 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans and the 45th Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race when he will deputise for Swiss rider Marcel Brenner. He will also perform reserve rider duties in the Bol d’Or championship finale and be available as a back-up option for the 8 Hours of Spa Motos, should he be required.
Swiss star Brenner, who will combine his EWC commitments with an FIM Supersport World Championship campaign, and Team Bolliger Switzerland stalwart Nico Thöni, complete the #8 attack alongside Romero Barbosa. Austrian Thöni and Portuguese Romero Barbosa are set to contest all rounds.
Team Bolliger Switzerland Team Manager Kevin Bolliger said: “Álex has already tested with us so we know he’s quick. He finished fourth in the FIM Moto2 European Championship last year and eighth this year and has also done three races in the world championship. He needs to learn endurance racing, but he did a really good job during the test, he’s a good rider and fits in well with the team. I am confident we have a good quartet of riders for 2024.”
Bolliger continued: “It’s a challenge to take a young rider but the riders are turning younger and younger in the EWC and the young guys are really fast. If riders like Álex and Pedro wish to stay in the EWC they can expect a long career with us but if they are really fast, they can do a bigger step into a factory team. That’s a bit of a risk that I take but Team Bolliger is like Sauber in Formula One. They took young drivers and helped them to grow before they moved to a factory team. If the same happens for one of our riders then we can be proud because of the opportunity we have given them. It would be an honour for us to work together and show a young rider how to race, prepare and go ahead. It’s a good opportunity for both sides.”
22 February 2024
FIM Endurance World Championship rider Cocoro Atsumi is heading to Suzuka early after he landed a wildcard entry for the All Japan Road Race Championship season opener next month.Suzuka will host Japan’s round of the EWC in July and Atsumi, who was announced as Yoshimura SERT Motul’s reserve rider for the upcoming EWC season, is getting some early practice during the Suzuka 2&4 event from 9-10 March.The 28-year-old will compete in the JSB1000 category aboard a Yoshimura-tuned Suzuki GSX-R1000R. And his domestic series holds special memories for Atsumi, as he explained.“My start [with Yoshimura SERT Motul] was as a reserve rider at the Bol d'Or last season, and it gave me an opportunity of a wildcard entry at the All Japan Road Race Championship and occasions of local tests,” Atsumi said. ‘My understanding of the GSX-R1000R and Bridgestone tyres has been improving and also the teamwork has deepened. I hope to learn a lot from the team and my three strong team-mates this season, which will help me grow as a racing rider. I will do my best to achieve our goal to win each race and to get the EWC champion title. Of course I will standby for [when I am needed to race].”
21 February 2024
Marking its 120th anniversary in 2024, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has released a unique film documenting its 12 decades in existence and its ground-breaking advances in the world of motorcycling.They extend far beyond competition into areas as diverse as safety, technology, the environment, sustainability and inclusivity, according to the FIM Endurance World Championship’s governing body.Presented by Swiss actress and model Lauriane Gilliéron who wears period-appropriate clothes in each of the six scenes, FIM 120 Years was premiered at the weekend’s 2024 FIM Commissions Conference in Lyon, France, to rapturous audience applause. Illustrated with superb period photographs and rare vintage video, in a little more than eight minutes it documents 120 of progress, achievements and passion.Click HERE for more information and click HERE to watch FIM 120 Years.
20 February 2024
Wójcik Racing Team has added to its FIM Endurance World Championship line-up with the addition of Hungarian rider Bálint Kovács.The 22-year-old will join forces with Polish trio Kamil Krzemień, Jurand Kuśmierczyk and Artur Wielebski as the reserve rider on the #77 Wójcik Racing Team Honda for the three European-based rounds.Kovács is no stranger to Wójcik Racing Team having raced for the squad in the 24 Heures Motos in 2021 and in the inaugural 24H SPA EWC Motos the following season, where he helped the team finish in fifth position.As well as his EWC commitments, Kovács will contest the Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft for the BCC Alpha van Zon BMW team.Photo: Facebook.com/bikebalint