Kenny Foray: Endurance is my passion and life
Kenny Foray not only is part and parcel of the FIM Endurance World Championship, in 2019 he also took part in the inaugural MotoE™ World Championship in the MotoGP™ surroundings.
Foray struggled on the 260 kilogram heavy Energica bikes, but not due to the bikes themselves, but for the very short sprint character.
“We only had two free practice sessions of 30 minutes only at each round,” Foray analysed speaking to EWC-Mag.com. “And then we straight went on to E-Pole with one out lap, the counting one and the in-lap. Unfortunately, this is not my strength.”
I don’t want to risk the Endurance due to other activities. Endurance is my passion, my life.Kenny Foray
“I need some time on the bike to get my confidence and with growing confidence I get faster,” Foray continued to explain, why he is one of the absolute fastest riders in the EWC paddock. “In Endurance, we got plenty of time, with a full test day and a 2 hours free session, night practice, and so on. If I am not feeling confident on the bike, I can ask the team to give me laps, laps, laps and then I can do my times.”
Foray had a huge highside on the MotoE at the Rimini-Round in Misano – flying high through the air and his RST air bag recorded a maximum G-Force peak of 27.5 G.
“I was very lucky to not get heavily injured,” Foray reveals. “It was a nasty crash and I started to think hard about everything after that. After Misano I just wanted to get the MotoE season done and settled in a proper way to re-focus fully on Endurance again. I don’t want to risk the Endurance due to other activities. Endurance is my passion, my life.”
Foray’s crash in the end luckily didn’t jeopardize his participation in the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance season opener at the 24 hours Bol d’Or at Le Castellet last September. With the arrival of the official factory BMW Motorrad World Endurance team and the new S 1000 RR, Foray in the end stepped on the podium in third position with his team mates Ilya Mikhalchik and Julian Puffe.
“We could have not expected that result,” Foray remembers one week before the departure to the 8 hours of Sepang. “It was a strange race, with a red flag for 12 hours. The bike was brand new and it was the new BMW S 1000 RR’s first Endurance race. We worked very hard but we also have been very lucky in all those circumstances.”
In his team there will be a switch for the Malaysian round on December 14th. Whilst Puffe has left the team, now former WorldSBK-rider, FIM Superstock Champion 2018 and three time IDM Superbike Champion (2013, 15, 17) Markus Reiterberger will jump on board. The German had some of his best WorldSBK performances on the Sepang International Circuit. “I am sure we can do well there,” Foray assures.