Yoshimura SERT Motul get ready to defend EWC title at season-deciding Bol d’Or

Photo Credits: YOSHIMURA SERT Motul

The FIM Endurance World Championship is considered the ultimate test of reliability and performance for 2-wheel racing. The season this year has been particularly exciting with the championship still up for grabs going into the last and perhaps most challenging race on the calendar, the 100th-anniversary Bol d’Or. The series is currently being led by defending champions Yoshimura SERT Motul with Motul-supported F.C.C. TSR Honda France in second, just 23 points behind. Motul lubricants play a critical role for these high-performance bikes that have to perform at the absolute limit for such extended periods of time.

With the calendar only consisting of 4 races, each round is extremely detrimental to the outcome of the championship. It is important for teams to maximize the points haul to ensure that they are in contention for the championship battle. Yoshimura SERT Motul has raked in some incredible results this year with a win in the season opener at the 24 Heures Motos, a P4 at 24H Spa EWC Motos and a P3 at Suzuka 8 Hours. The riders Gregg Black, Sylvain Guintoli, Xavier Simeon and Kazuki Watanabe have worked together brilliantly to rake in the points and will be looking to continue this momentum into the last race of the year.

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Watanabe shared his thoughts on the season so far following the grueling race in Suzuka. He said, “The most challenging aspect of motorbike endurance racing is to maintain concentration and maintain high precision throughout such a long race. In the 2022 race, we only had two riders. So, there were fewer intervals between our stints, and it was extremely difficult to replenish the water and energy lost during the stint in such a short period of time.” Asked about Motul and the importance of their support, he said, “The use of Motul in the machine increases its reliability. It can be said that heightens the sense of security, which is a very important factor that leads to confidence in the race. Of course, many lubricants are used in the engine and gearbox, but riders also find visor cleaners and insect removers on helmets very useful.”

The team director Yohei Kato chimed in on the partnership with Motul, “Unlike sprint races like MotoGP, endurance racing requires not only speed but also extreme performance. When we talk about performance, we don’t just mean engine output, but we also use the expression “performance” to include all the elements required, such as operability, durability, and, in the face of the current times, sustainability. As you know, without engine oil, if the output drops, the durability cannot be maintained for even one minute. Therefore, Yoshimura SERT Motul has evolved engine oil as the most important development item with Motul. The 2541E engine oil, the latest specification, is a dream oil for us because it has the durability to complete the 24-hour race without worrying about the power output.”

The goal for the team is to deliver a strong result at the season finale and secure back to back championships. Kato stated, “It’s a magic that makes all the people involved in this project and all Yoshimura SERT Motul fans smile” when asked what it would mean to secure the title for the team. The race will be held on the weekend of 16th to 18th of September at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

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