The 43rd edition of the “24 Heures Motos” will take place in one month on August 29th in Le Mans / France. The third round of the FIM World Endurance Championship 2019-2020, which will take place behind closed doors due to the global coronavirus pandemic, will be an event with a lot at stake.
The various teams have been preparing for the race at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans on August 29 and 30 since the 8 hours in Sepang / Malaysia last year in December. They used the six-month mandatory break to optimize and improve their performance and the machines they work with.
The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, consisting of regular riders Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Kenny Foray (FRA) and Markus Reiterberger (GER), rides the BMW S 1000 RR equipped with Dunlop tires and is just behind the market leader in the preliminary classification and holds second place in the championship.
With a maximum of 65 points available, the 24 Heures Motos could be the turning point in the championship. The forced revision of the calendar due to the health crisis puts even more pressure on the teams. The Bol d’Or, another 24-hour race, is scheduled for September 19 and 20 before the final of the FIM-EWC season 2019-2020 in Suzuka, Japan takes place on November 1st.
Without spectators in Le Mans, the 24 Heures Motos 2020 will be available to fans via live TV coverage. The race will be broadcast live from start to finish on Eurosport 2 in France and on the other continents. Live coverage will also be available on L’Equipe (France), Hulu / Nippon TV (Japan), Astro (Malaysia), Motortrend (USA) and Sky NZ (New Zealand).
In addition, special segments are put together so that long-distance fans can follow the action at the 24 Heures Motos.
Werner Daemen, team manager:
“We are in the middle of preparations for our team’s next EWC mission. In addition to the official test in Le Mans, we were also able to complete various other track days with our guys, so that they get used to their motorcycle again. Our main aim was to get a feeling for everything after such a long break. It’s been a very long time since the Sepang 8-hour race, but when we tested at Le Mans in mid-July, we found that the team worked just as well, if not better, and we’re happy that we are back together in a month in Le Mans. “
Abstract from the official FIM EWC press release dated July 29, 2020
Further information about the World championship can also be found at: www.fimewc.com
Picture by: © David Reygondeau | FIM EWC