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New season set to kick off with the Bol d’Or

New season set to kick off with the Bol d’Or

02/09/2016 15:02

The 2016/2017 season of the FIM EWC has already begun. Several of the teams have been testing on the Paul Ricard circuit in Castellet, which will host the Bol d’Or – the first round of the new season – on 17 and 18 September.

The two-day tests gave a few of the top teams a chance to hone their strategy in preparation for the Bol d’Or, the opening round of the FIM EWC 2016/2017 season in 15 days’ time. GMT94 Yamaha put in the fastest lap, a 1’59.360, but it looked like the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team bike – on track but not fitted with a transponder – was delivering similar lap times. Another factory-backed team without a transponder, Honda Endurance Racing, used the two days of testing to assess some new parts including fairings and swingarms.

The pre-season tests also gave new entry Eva RT Trick Star an opportunity to get to grips with the Castellet circuit. Riders Erwan Nigon and Osamu Deguchi put in nifty laps of 1’59.587 and 2’00.877 respectively. The Japanese team, which has signed up for the full FIM EWC 2016/2017 championship, will be among the favourites to win.

Team Tecmas Endurance was another of the fastest squads on track in the pre-season tests. Louis Rossi – back in endurance after his short spell with GMT94 in the early part of the 2016 season – posted a best time of 2’00.874 on the team’s BMW mount.

Another noteworthy performance came from Moto Ain’s Superstock Yamaha, with Hugo Clere clocking a quick 2’01.806. The team is also looking to hire Moto3 rider Alexis Masbou, who dipped his toe into endurance at the 2011 Bol d’Or as a stand-in rider for Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki.

There will also be an all-female team in the fray at the Bol d’Or. Girls Racing Team, composed of Frenchwomen Muriel Simorre and Carole Goncalves, Dutch rider Jolanda Van Westrenen and the American rider Melissa Paris, posted a fastest time of 2’07.685 at the Castellet pre-tests.

The first official free practice session on the Paul Ricard circuit starts at 9.30 am on Thursday 15 September at the Bol d’Or – the first round of the new FIM EWC 2016/2017 season.

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

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YART Yamaha wound up the 24 Heures Motos tests on a very encouraging note. The factory-backed Austrian team was the only one to complete a lap of the Bugatti circuit in under 1’37.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France dominated the first day of pre-testing for the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans. Despite the rain, 50 of the 60 teams entered for the second round of the FIM EWC were on the Bugatti circuit.

With five constructors and three tyre manufacturers running neck and neck, the outcome of the 24 Heures Motos is anyone’s guess. A look at the favourites to win the 41st edition at Le Mans on 21 and 22 April.

With four months to go for the Suzuka 8 Hours, the Japanese factory teams are already gearing up for the action. Following Honda’s announcement that official team HRC is returning to Suzuka, Kawasaki has revealed that Jonathan Rea will be back with Team Green.