A few days ago, the official press conference for the “24 Heures Motos” – the 24-hour race at Le Mans – took place at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, France. In just under two months, the FIM World Endurance Championship will enter the third round of the 2019/2020 season with the 43rd edition of the 24-hour race on the French race track.
57 teams are expected to participate and one of them is the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team. Still in its infancy, the team is currently holding the second place in the World Championship. Nobody expected that, but after the grandiose debut and third place at the legendary “Bol d’Or” in September 2019, team manager Werner Daemen’s team ended the 24-hour race, which was shortened to 12 hours, in third place. The international team, headquartered in Belgium, already covers four of the 18 nationalities that will take part in the 24 Heures Motos with Ilya Mikhalchik from the Ukraine, Kenny Foray from France and Markus Reiterberger from Germany.
The race also heralds the halfway point of the 2019/2020 season. After Bol d’Or and the 8-hour race at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia in December, the 24 Heures Motos will be the third station, followed by the German Speedweek in June at the Motorsportarena Oschersleben in Germany and the final race, the eight hours from Suzuka in Japan.
When visiting the EWC in Malaysia, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team was able to achieve the third place and thus another podium finish. Further world championship points could be added in Le Mans. The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team is currently leading the championship by 15 points ahead of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team. The Wójcik Racing Team lurks another 16 points behind in third place. Up to 65 points can be obtained in France from April 18 to 19. If the victory points go to the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, it would be the first victory for the Bavarian factory in a 24-hour race in Le Mans. It remains exciting.
The team and their riders are particularly motivated. Kenny Foray has been on the podium at the 24 Heures Motos in Le Mans several times in the past, but also Ilya Mikhalchik and Markus Reiterberger have already gathered their experiences with the 24 Heures Motos at Circuit Bugatti and know what to expect. That is certainly not a disadvantage.
Before it comes to points, the EWC teams will do a shakedown test on the track in Le Mans on March 31 and April 1. The start into the 24-hour race 2020 will be on April 18 at 3:00 p.m. local time.