The 2021 Endurance World Championship Series schedule is here. Cancellations ravaged last season, with just four rounds spread out over 2019 and 2020. The 2021 series runs from April in France to October in Portugal, with a flyaway race to Suzuka in Japan.The schedule features a pair of 24-hour races, two 8-hour races, and a 12-hour battle at the finale at Estoril Circuit.“All of the championship’s big classic races are back to offer fans an exciting show ahead of the first-ever 24H de Spa Motos in June 2022,” notes François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events.
“Once again, we will do everything possible to ensure that the FIM Endurance World Championship has a worthy calendar,” according to FIM President Jorge Viegas, “one that can offer all the protagonists a balanced and exciting competition.The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team took the 2019-20 title with the team of Gregg Black, Etienne Masson, Vincent Phillipe (Rounds 1 and 2), and Xavier Simeon (Rounds 3 and 4) aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000. “This title makes me extremely happy!” Masson said. “I’ve been running after it since 2016, since Anthony’s accident. There were many things to deal with, but everything worked very well from the beginning. The competition is getting tougher and tougher but the SERT never gives up!” It is SERT’s 16th title.
2021 Endurance World Championship Schedule
Round 1: April 17-18, 24 Heures Motos, Le Mans, France
Round 2: May 23, 8 Hours of Oschersleben, Germany
Round 3: July 18, Suzuka 8 Hours, Japan
Round 4: September 18-19, Bol d’Or (24-hour), Le Castellet, France
Round 5: October 16, 12 Hours of Estoril, Portugal
2019-20 Endurance World Championship Final Standings
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!