24h Motos 2020: Entry lists unveiled
The provisional entry lists for the 2020 edition of the 24 hours of Le Mans Motos have been unveiled. 57 teams are trying to enter the race, representing 18 nationalities and six manufacturers.
There are no big surprises in terms of riders as of yet, with most of the factory teams aiming to send out their approved trios.
A change in guard seems on the cards for #7 YART Yamaha though, as Czech rider Karel Hanika made his way to “rider blue” in number one spot, with Broc Parkes moving to green and reserve function. Hanika debuted for the Mandy Kainz managed team at last year’s Bol d’Or in reserve function and travelled to the Sepang 8 hours with the MACO team. However, after Marvin Fritz got injured during the Sepang qualifying, Hanika was promoted to the factory outfit for the race itself and got his hand on the R1 during the free practice prior the time trial there.
For ERC Endurance, the 24 hours Le Mans will bring the first “proper” test for their new machinery with the Ducati Panigale V4. The Sepang race meant the first roll out for the iconic Italian brand with the Germany based team and it ended inside the Top-Ten, however the race got cut short to around 2.5 hours only due to heavy rain. For the 24h Motos, Randy de Puniet seems to having left the team, with ERC regular Julien da Costa back in and on the Pani for the first time.
It still remains to be seen who will fit in for Team Bolliger’s Sebastien Suchet, who changed over to #4 Tati Team Beaujolais, where he will stay on board a Kawasaki, sharing the ZX-10RR with Alan Techer and Julien Enjolras. For Bolliger, the Le Mans race will feature Roman Stamm and Nigel Walraven, with the third rider to be presented at Zürich’s Swiss Moto expo on 22nd February.
The BMW World Endurance factory team also remains in its Sepang line-up with Kenny Foray obviously recovered from his Malaysia injury. Ilya Mikhalchik and Markus Reiterberger will partner him once more on the RR.
It seems #50 Motors Events has dropped out of competition in Endurance racing, as they do not appear on the provisional entry list. Also the #13 Penz team is not yet back in competition. Their regular rider Sheridan Morais though has found a new place inside Team R2CL to partner Clinton Seller on the Suzuki. A third rider has not been nominated yet but R2CL is always a team to have an eye on in terms of “big names” joining their outfit, such as Guy Martin or other TT stars.
After Xavier Simeon has left the #333 Pierret Experiences Yamaha team to switch to record World Champions of SERT Suzuki, the Yannick Lucot ran Yamaha team had to change their line-up too. German Florian Alt remained on board, even though he signed a contract for the Wilbers-BMW racing team, to race his native IDM Superbike championship. Florian Marino as well remained, but Mathieu Gines has transfered over from ERC after their switch to Ducati machinery. In Nicolas Terol, the team has a former GP125 World Champion as a prominent “reserve” rider.
The full provisional Entry-List for the 43rd edition of the 24heures Motos at Le Mans can be found here (extern link).