11 June 2021
FIM Endurance World Championship 2021 season to start this weekend at Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans with 24 Heures Motos
Newly restructured Suzuki team Yoshimura SERT Motul looking to start strong at opening round of FIM EWC
Motul to play key role as lubricant partner for F.C.C. TSR Honda France team
It has been a long wait for the 42nd edition of FIM Endurance World Championship after being postponed from the original starting date in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shortened 4-race season is set to kick off this weekend with the opening 24-hour motorcycle race at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, France. 50 teams will take to the 4.2km track for a long and challenging endurance race. Motul 300V, being the lubricant of choice for teams across the grid, will be powering the efforts of two top teams in the EWC class. In late 2020, reigning champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) announced that it will be joining forces with Japanese team Yoshimura to launch its restructured Yoshimura SERT Motul factory team. Furthermore, Motul is supplying lubricants to support the efforts of the Japanese team F.C.C. TSR Honda France.
Motul is also associated with F.C.C. TSR Honda France team, providing them with lubricants to extract the best performance and reliability out of their Honda CBR1000RR engine. The French company has been a lubricant and oil supplier for Honda racing teams since 2012. Together they have been able to develop a power packed machine and achieve some exceptional results at FIM EWC championships. Motul has specifically developed a 300V 2376H lubricant for the Honda CBR engine which the team has been using. Team manager, Masakazu Fujii, said, “This engine has only used this oil from the beginning. We know Motul well. Honda trusts Motul and we trust Honda. There is no other choice.” This year the team has a fresh rider line-up as new recruit Yuki Takahashi joins Josh Hook and Mike Di Megilo.
The 2021 24 Heures Motos is the first of two 24-hour races on the FIM EWC calendar. Both teams are hoping to get off to a flying start with maximum points at the opening weekend. The Bugatti Circuit saw some thrilling racing action in 2020. Last year’s race proved to be extremely challenging with heavy rain and constantly changing track conditions. However, both Motul-supported teams battled the conditions and finished on the podium. Motul will be hoping to repeat the success from last year and once again prove the superior performance and engine reliability they are able to achieve from their lubricants.
Fans will be able to follow the race live on the FIM Endurance World Championship website (https://www.fimewc.com/) and get regular updates on Motul and the teams’ social media channels.
24 Hours of Le Mans Schedule (All times in GMT+2) Saturday 0845-0930 - Warm-up 1200 - 24 Hours of Le Mans Race Start Sunday 1200 - 24 Hours of Le Mans Race End