Bridgestone has set its sights on championship victory as the new FIM Endurance World Championship motorcycle season gets underway with the Bol d’Or 24-hour race on the Paul Ricard circuit in France on 16 - 17 September 2017.
The two Bridgestone-backed teams finished the last 2016 - 2017 EWC season strongly: Austrian-based YART Yamaha Official EWC Team moved up to 3rd place in final standings (having been 13th when Bridgestone started supplying tyres early in 2017), while the F.C.C. TSR Honda team finished in 4th place.
Bridgestone’s confidence was boosted by results of unofficial Bol d’Or pre-testing at Castellet, France, on 29 and 30 August where the YART team set the fastest lap time, with the F.C.C. TSR Honda team third fastest.
Nico Thuy, Head of Europe - Motorcycle, at Bridgestone Europe puts this performance in perspective: “We know we will face even tougher competition this year but we believe that our Bridgestone tyres give the teams we back a significant advantage. We look forward to another fantastic endurance championship!”
The first official Bol d’Or 2017 practice sessions will be held on the Paul Ricard circuit on 14 September; the 24-hour endurance race itself runs from Saturday 16 through to Sunday 17.
Bridgestone, the world’s No.1 tyre and rubber manufacturer1, returned to top-tier motorcycle racing in 2017 with the supply of racing tyres to the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and the F.C.C. TSR Honda team competing in the prestigious FIM Endurance World Championship series.
In addition to these two officially-supported teams, Bridgestone will continue to support private teams in the EWC series with off-the-shelf racing slicks and wets.
Bridgestone teams to watch at the Bol d’Or include:
YART #5 - Formula EWC
FCC TSR Honda #7 - Formula EWC
TEAM RABID TRANSIT #32 – Formula EWC
FLAM Racing #76 – Superstock
WOJCIK RACING TEAM #77 – Formula EWC
PHI ENDURANCE #89 - Formula EWC
LMC ENDURANCE #97 - Formula EWC
The FIM EWC is a worldwide championship competition consisting of five races: two in France and three in Germany, Slovakia, and Japan. The 24-hour Bol d’Or is the first race of the 2017/2018 series which will end with the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit in July 2018.
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1 Based on 2016 tyre sales. Source: Tire Business 2017 - Global Tire Company Rankings.