Motorcycle Racing News 2011 FIM Endurance Championship: Review (Video)

2011 FIM Endurance Championship: Review (Video)

2011 FIM Endurance World Championship Video Review

The 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship may have only consisted of five rounds, but it put both motorcycles and men through the ultimate tests.

The season began with the 24 Hours Bol D’Or at Magny-Cours, France, a round that was the eventual winners of the championship, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) aboard the GSX-R1000. The reigning World Champions completed 814 laps, six ahead of the second-place finishers on the SRS Kawasaki, which completed 808 laps.

Next up was the 8 Hours of Albacete in Spain. This race was taken by the BMW France 99 team, which once again showed the strenght of the S1000RR Superbike.

The 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship then headed to Japan for the Suzuki 8 Hours. Although the FCC TSR Honda team of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Kousuke Akiyoshi and Shinichi Ito suffered two crashes, it went on to twin by 38.765 seconds over the Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team of Yukio Kagayama, Josh Waters and Nobuatsu Aoki.

The series returned to France for Round 4, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And the victors were no stranger to the podium; for the second consecutive year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the SRC Kawasaki Endurance World Championship team was victorious.

As the Endurance World Championship was headed to the 8 Hours of Doha in Qatar for the season finale, only nine points separated the Suzuki Endurace Racing Team from BMW France 99.

The first one went to the Yamaha Racing France GMT 94 Ipone team of David Checa, Kenny Foray and Matthieu Lagrive as the team took its first EWC victory at the 8 Hours of Doha in Qatar.

Although the celebrations were heavy due to Yamaha Racing France GMT 94 Ipone taking the win, the bigger revery occurred in the SERT paddock. After finishing third at the 8 Hours of Doha, SERT took its 11th FIM Endurance World Championship.

Attached above is a video highlighting the 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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