The stakes in Superstock
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All the teams entered in the Formula EWC, Superstock and Supertwin categories will be competing for the FIM EWC world championship. But the Superstock teams will also be contesting a race within the race, for top place and the FIM EWC World Cup. 34 Superstock bikes will be at the start of the 24 Heures Motos, i.e. more than half the complete line-up.
The Superstock teams are always raring to get right into the thick of the race alongside the top squads. At the Bol d’Or last September, the best Superstock team, Moto Ain CRT, finished 6th. This private team entered by Yamaha dealer Pierre Chapuis intends to keep leading the pack with Moto3 rider Alexis Masbou, France Supersport champion Hugo Clere and Moto2 rider Robin Mulhauser, who is racing the FIM Supersport world championship this season and will be making his Endurance debut.
Another squad, Team LMD 63 Ultimate Cup, has got itself noticed because of a new recruit. Jules Cluzel, Supersport vice-champion, is making his Endurance debut and will be riding the team’s Yamaha together with Endurance specialists David Perret and Lucas de Carolis. Their objective is to carry off the Superstock win at the 24 Heures Motos.
Targeting the World Cup
Some highly motivated and experienced teams are also in the running for the FIM EWC 2016-2017 World Cup. Tati Team Beaujolais Racing (Kawasaki), 7th at the finish of the last Bol d’Or, is back with Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Kevin Denis. AM Moto Racing Compétition, which placed 2nd in the Superstock 2016 World Cup, needs to make up for lost time after withdrawing due to a crash at the Bol d’Or, and has entrusted its Kawasaki to Adrien Ganfornina, Jonathan Goetschy and Romain Maître. The German squad Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors (BMW), which placed 10th at the Bol d’Or, will be at the start of this race with top riders from Germany’s Superstock 1000 IDM: Stefan Kerschbaumer, Jan Bühn, woman rider Lucy Glöckner and Dominik Vincon. Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences also has an impressive and cosmopolitan line-up: Axel Maurin, Bastien Mackels, Florian Alt and Olivier Depoorter. And the list of potential Superstock winners at the 24 Heures Motos would not be complete without Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki, which will be competing at Le Mans with riders Baptiste Guittet, Cédric Tangre and Robin Camus.
Some of the teams that were unlucky at the Bol d’Or will also be looking to catch up, like MCP Starteam 67, Ecurie Chrono Sport and GERT56 HMT by RS Speedbikes. Other squads to watch: Team Dunlop Motors Events, the all-female Girls Racing Team, and Slider Endurance, with Louis Rossi in its rider line-up.
Free practice at the 24 Heures Motos starts on Thursday 13 April from 10am onwards on the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans.
The Superstock bikes have red number-plate backgrounds.