16 February 2024
EWC hero Rea to star at London Motorcycle Show
Gino Rea is taking a break from his FIM Endurance World Championship preparations to make a guest appearance at the Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle Show tomorrow (Saturday).Rea, part of the F.C.C. TSR Honda France line-up that claimed EWC title gold in 2022, will be appearing on the World of Bikes stage at the ExCel London exhibition centre in the capital’s Docklands area from 13h00 local time as a guest of Discovery+, TNT Sports and Eurosport.Having recovered from serious injuries sustained in a crash practicing for the 43rd Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race in August 2022, the Briton has been named as part of Wójcik Racing Team’s four-strong Superstock attack on a Honda equipped with Dunlop tyres, the category’s official tyre supplier.As well as hearing from Rea ahead of his heroic EWC comeback when he’s interviewed by ex-racer Jamie Whitham, show visitors should head to the Discovery+, TNT Sports and Eurosport stand where they can sample a MotoGP simulator and speak to the British rider.There will also be opportunities to subscribe to Discovery+, whose Premium tier subscribers have access to TNT Sports and Eurosport, which allows them to enjoy MotoGP, WSB, BSB, EWC and Speedway GP as The Home of Bikes.
15 February 2024
List of FIM Homologated Motorcycles for 2024 EWC published
Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, the FIM Endurance World Championship’s governing body, has released the list of FIM Homologated Motorcycles for 2024, as the build-up to the season-opening 24 Heures Motos continues.FIM has confirmed that the only change is the new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade (in standard, ST, and SP versions) has been homologated with that process completed in January. No other manufacturers have had a change to their homologations.Click HERE to view the full list.
14 February 2024
Yoshimura SERT Motul goes four it in EWC with Linfoot signing
Yoshimura SERT Motul has announced its four riders for the four-round 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship, the fourth EWC season of the alliance between the Japanese Yoshimura organisation and the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team from France.In addition to long-term Yoshimura SERT Motul star Gregg Black, Étienne Masson will embark on a second season with the squad, while Dan Linfoot has been recruited after impressing in the EWC during recent campaigns. Cocoro Atsumi, who joined the Le Mans-based team as a reserve for last September’s Bol d’Or, continues in the role for all four EWC events in 2024, as well as taking on the position of development rider.The quartet will ride the Yoshimura-tuned Suzuki GSX-R1000R on Bridgestone tyres with the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans in France marking the 2024 EWC season kick-off from 18-21 April.
13 February 2024
KM99 kicks off 2024 EWC bid during Spanish test
KM99’s second FIM Endurance World Championship campaign is up and running with the Belgian outfit in action during a multi-day test in Spain this week.The Yamaha-powered team, an EWC newcomer in 2023, is testing at the Andalucía Circuit in the south of the country.Existing KM99 rider Florian Marino has been joined in Spain by new recruits Randy de Puniet and Jérémy Guarnoni.KM99 completed the 2023 EWC season in 10th position in the FIM Endurance World Championship for Teams’ standings, with sixth place in the 24H SPA EWC Motos its home event.Photo: Michel Thomas/Facebook.com/km99.be
12 February 2024
Busy EWC star Clère called up for home service with Tati
Hugo Clère won’t be short of Circuit Bugatti knowledge when he lines up for the start of the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship from 18-21 April.The Tati Team Beringer Racing star has been handed a programme in the Championnat de France Superbike , which fires up at Le Mans two weeks previously. Honda-powered Tati is returning to its top domestic motorcycle series in 2024 following a lengthy absence. It has named five additional riders alongside Clère.
11 February 2024
Moments that made EWC 2023 great: KM99 fights back to score first points at home
Rookie squad KM99 registered its first finish in the FIM Endurance World Championship with a battling run to sixth overall in the 24H SPA EWC Motos last June.The Belgian outfit, which launched its EWC campaign at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 12 months previously, met its pre-race objective of reaching the finish of the demanding twice-around-the-clock event.Afterwards KM99 Team Manager Mario Küpper said: “We are very happy with this result. With a completely new team, finishing in sixth position is truly a result we were expecting. We delivered a good race, our bike had no technical issues, and our Dunlop tyres allowed us to maintain a high pace throughout the 24 hours. Of course, we can always have regrets. Without our two crashes, we could have finished in fifth position. However, aiming higher was impossible under normal circumstances, but endurance racing is unpredictable.”Of the crashes for Bastien Mackels and Lucas Mahias, Küpper added: “In our misfortune, we were fortunate. Those were spectacular crashes, and for the same outcome, the bike could have been destroyed or simply immobilised for a long time in the pit. Fortunately, we kept believing, and as the hours passed, we climbed up to the sixth position. Ahead of us were five factory bikes.”