What is Endurance?
The FIM Endurance World Championship is arguably one of the toughest championships in the world. Not only is the field completely packed with A-list competitors, but this championship also travels to some very physically demanding circuits and is the ultimate test of man and machine.
For the 2017/2018 season, reigning World Champions GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team (David Checa, Niccolò Canepa, Mike Di Meglio) and the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team (Broc Parkes, Kohta Nozane and Marvin Fritz) will once again put the YZF-R1 to the test, after they both dominted the 2016/2017 season.
The 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship runs from September 2017 to late July 2018 and consists of five rounds; the Bol d'Or, the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben, the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring and the Suzuka 8 Hours.
During endurance races it’s all about consistency. The teams are usually made of three riders who each ride stints before handing the bike over to one of their teammates. Their aim, rather than riding the fastest times, is to ride as many laps as possible, without making any mistakes that would cost them valuable time as they would have to repair the bike.
Racing for eight, twelve or twenty-four hours straight is not only challenging for the riders, but also the bikes. The circuits on the 2017/2018 endurance calendar have very fast corners and hard braking points. When riding for so long, it’s easy to lose concentration, but losing focus for even a second could mean the end of their title chase.
If that isn’t making life for the riders hard enough, on top of that Suzuka’s hot and humid conditions make it hard for the riders to preserve their energy, whilst Le Mans, Paul Ricard, Slovakia Ring, and Oschersleben's changeable weather means anything is possible.
2017/2018 FIM EWC CALENDAR
September 16/17 - Bol d’Or (24 h) / Paul Ricard - France
April 21/22 - 24 Heures Motos / Le Mans – France
May 12 - 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring - Slovakia
June 9 - 8 Hours of Oschersleben - Germany
July 29 - Suzuka 8 Hours - Japan