2019 Endurance World Championship

8 Hours of Oschersleben

Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike Di Meglio have claimed the 8 Hours of Oschersleben win in the Endurance World Championship for F.C.C. TSR Honda France, from Team SRC Kawasaki France (who now lead the FIM Endurance World Championship) and VRD Igol Pierret Expériences. With a 4th-place finish, Moto Ain claimed both the Superstock win and the FIM Endurance World Cup.

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F.C.C. TSR Honda France topped the podium – 8 Hours of Oschersleben

The podium was starting to look like a done deal, with four of the favourites battling it out in the lead from the race start, when big drama shook things up an hour and a half before the finish at Oschersleben. YART Yamaha’s engine failure while they were locked in battle with F.C.C. TSR Honda France for the win caused Honda Endurance Racing, then in 4th place, to crash, throwing the end of the race wide open.

Broc Parkes – YART

“The Oschersleben 8 Hour ended for us about 1.5hrs from the end, Marvin was on the bike when it caught fire on track and they had to bring it back on the trailer. We were leading the race and had a good chance of the win. There’s nothing else we could have done today, we all rode great, no mistakes and consistent pace so its a shame it had to end early.”

F.C.C. TSR Honda France, the 2018 race winner, triumphed ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki France. The Kawasaki riders Jérémy Guarnoni, David Checa and Erwan Nigon made it to the second step of the podium. Most importantly, they lifted the factory Kawasaki to the top of the provisional standings in the run-up to the grand finale at Suzuka.

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F.C.C. TSR Honda France – 8 Hours of Oschersleben

For VRD Igol Pierret Expériences (Florian Alt, Florian Marino and Xavier Siméon), their third-place podium finish was as good as a win. The Yamaha-supported team secured their first podium in their first Formula EWC season.

Fourth-place finishers Moto Ain also savoured victory. Roberto Rolfo, Robin Mulhauser and Stefan Hill led the Superstock class for 204 of the total 303 laps run. They secured the Superstock win at Oschersleben ahead of Wójcik Racing Team 2 and BMRT 3D Maccio Racing. Above all, they won Moto Ain’s first-ever FIM Endurance World Cup.

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Suzuki Endurance Racing Team – 8 Hours of Oschersleben- Image by David Reygondeau

Their battle with GERT56 by GS Yuasa for the Cup was closely fought. The BMW-mounted German team, who were leading the world standings before Oschersleben, finished the race in 13th place after running out of fuel and experiencing electrical issues.

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F.C.C. TSR Honda France – 8 Hours of Oschersleben

The Superstock teams were particularly competitive in Germany. Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers ran a solid race in 9th place to win the Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy singling out the fighting spirit of an entire team. No Limits Motor Team and Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto, 11th and 12th at the finish, also delivered a noteworthy performance. Junior Team LMS Suzuki were a contender for the FIM World Cup early on in the race, but a crash relegated them to 17th at the finish line.

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team kept a 16th series effort alive after fighting back from two crashes on Sunday. The 15-times EWC winners, with SERT riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black in the saddle of the GSX-R1000, clawed back to 10th at the flag during a tough race, and now head to the Suzuka 8-Hours finale in Japan next month just five points off the lead.The standings leader before the race in Germany, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team will get to Suzuka with a five-point lag behind Team SRC Kawasaki France.

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Suzuki Endurance Racing Team – 8 Hours of Oschersleben – Image by David Reygondeau

Another of the favourites who got unlucky were ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance. They got off to a good start, but finished 19th after colliding with another bike.

These upsets should not overshadow two excellent performances at Oschersleben. Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad by Mercury Racing (Karel Hanika, Ondrej Jezek and Ladislav Chmelik) secured their finest result this season with a 5th-place finish. Likewise, Webike Tati Team Trick Star were 7th at the finish. Julien Enjolras and Kevin Denis had clearly got the measure of their new EWC Kawasaki with the help of Bastien Mackels at Oschersleben.

2019 8 Hours of Oschersleben Result

Pos Team Laps Time
1 F.C.C. Tsr Honda France 308 8:00:53.715
2 Team Src Kawasaki France 307 8:01:56.887
3 Vrd Igol Pierret Experiences 304 8:01:26.754
4 Moto Ain 303 8:01:29.743
5 Fany Gastro Bmw Motorrad- By M… 301 8:01:34.490
6 Wójcik Racing Team 2 301 8:01:57.888
7 Webike Tati Team Trickstar 301 8:02:21.116
8 Bmrt 3d Maccio Racing 300 8:01:18.500
9 Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers 300 8:01:35.487
10 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team 300 8:02:03.723
11 No Limits Motor Team 299 8:01:14.064
12 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto 297 8:01:55.290
13 Gert56 By Gs Yuasa 297 8:02:15.407
14 Team Lrp Poland 296 8:01:11.662
15 Jma Motos Action Bike 294 8:01:36.095
16 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 294 8:01:45.656
17 Junior Team Lms Suzuki 293 8:01:20.343
18 Bolliger Team Switzerland 293 8:02:01.431
19 Team Erc-Bmw Motorrad Endurance 292 8:01:40.624
20 Gsm Racing 292 8:01:55.015
21 Team Aviobike 292 8:01:58.964
22 Wójcik Racing Team 289 8:01:37.379
23 Players 284 8:01:21.163
24 Team 202 284 8:01:31.706
25 Falcon Racing Rennes Motos 280 8:01:29.902
26 Energie Endurance 91 279 8:01:54.339
27 Maco Racing Team 274 8:01:16.682
28 Aprilia Grebenstein 270 8:01:23.310
29 Bertl K. Racing Team 265 8:01:01.158
30 British Endurance Racing Team 263 8:01:06.609
31 Lcr Endurance 230 8:02:22.902
Not Classified
32 Yart – Yamaha 266 6:51:10.469
33 Honda Endurance Racing 264 7:04:30.487
34 Mototech Ewc Team 167 5:11:02.345
35 Wepol Racing 148 4:05:25.058
36 3art- Moto Team 95 123 3:09:37.929
37 Am Moto Racing Competition 39 1:04:30.091
38 Tmc 35 32 2:06:38.576
39 Extéria KSPCS Racing Team by EKO 49 1:22:22.709

2019 Endurance World Championship Standings

Pos Team / Equipe Total
1 Team Src Kawasaki France 132
2 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team 127
3 F.C.C. Tsr Honda France 109
4 Wepol Racing 101
5 Yart – Yamaha 88
6 Honda Endurance Racing 79
7 Bolliger Team Switzerland 73
8 Vrd Igol Pierret Experiences 53
9 Moto Ain 45
10 Gert56 By Gs Yuasa 45
11 Bmrt 3d Maccio Racing 39
12 Fany Gastro Bmw Motorrad- By Mercury Racing 38
13 Webike Tati Team Trickstar 36
14 Team 33 Coyote  Louit Moto 32
15 Junior Team Lms Suzuki 30
16 Wójcik Racing Team 2 28
17 No Limits Motor Team 28
18 3art- Moto Team 95 27
19 National Motos 25
20 Motors Events 24
21 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 24
22 Wójcik Racing Team 23
23 Team Erc-Bmw Motorrad Endurance 14
24 Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers 12
25 Team Lrp Poland 12
26 Maco Racing Team 12
27 Jma Motos Action Bike 8
28 Og Motorsport By Sarazin 7
29 Zuff Racing Team 6
30 Am Moto Racing Competition 5
31 Mototech Ewc Team 4
32 Pitlane Endurance 3
33 Gsm Racing 2
34 Slider Endurance 1
35 Falcon Racing Rennes Motos 1
36 Set Racing 1
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