2013 FIM Endurance World Championship VideoThe 2013 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) headed to France this past weekend to Magny-Cours for the 77th running of the Bol d’Or 24 Hour.
And for the second consecutive season, the dominate team was Kawasaki SRC. The team, which once again showed the potential of the ZX-10R Ninja superbike, consisted of Gregory Leblanc, Jeremy Guarnoni and guest rider Loris Baz from Kawasaki Racing’s World Superbike team.The team, which took a wire-to-wire victory at 2012 Bol d’Or 24 Hours, took the pole at this year’s race, and then completed 808 laps, which was a new record.Joining Kawasaki SRC on the podium was Monster Energy Yamaha YART and the reigning EWC Champions, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT).The next round of the FIM Endurance World Championship will be the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan July 28.Attached above are video highlights of the 2013 Bol d’Or 24 Hours at Magny-Cours. For a review of the race, click here.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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