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Randy de Puniet to ride the Team ERC Endurance Ducati

Randy de Puniet to Team ERC Endurance for 8 Hours of Sepang

Team ERC Endurance have announced a brand-new line-up for the 8 Hours of Sepang, Randy de Puniet joining Ondřej Ježek and Louis Rossi in the saddle of the Panigale V4R, after the team recently received official backing from Ducati Corse in the FIM EWC.

FIM EWC LeMans Hour Honda Endurance Racing Randy De Puniet
Randy de Puniet

This adds another MotoGP rider to the star-studded list of international riders competing in the 8 Hours of Sepang. Frenchman Randy de Puniet will be on the starting grid in the saddle of Team ERC Endurance’s new Ducati Panigale V4R.

The German team now has official backing from the Italian manufacturer in the FIM Endurance World Championship, with de Puniet, having solid experience in Endurance racing, including two podiums at the Suzuka 8 Hours, in 2014 and 2017, and several seasons with Team SRC Kawasaki and Honda Endurance Racing.

MotoE World Cup test Valencia Final Randy De Puniet
Randy De Puniet in the MotoE championship earlier in the year

Czech rider Ondřej Ježek, a former Supersport World Championship racer, has previously competed in the FIM EWC with Bolliger Team Switzerland and Mercury Racing.

Frenchman Louis Rossi, formerly a Moto2 rider, has competed in the FIM Endurance World Championship since 2016.

Team ERC Endurance’s Ducati will have its first outing on the track in Malaysia on Wednesday 11 December.

8 Hours of Sepang 2019 – Provisional entry list

# Team Bike Rider 1 Rider 2 Rider 3
1 Webike SRC Kawasaki ZX-10R Guarnoni Jeremy Nigon Erwan Checa David
2 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team GSX-R1000 Philippe Vincent Masson Etienne Black Gregg
3 AM Moto Racing Competition ZX-10R Stoll Clement Sarrabayrouse Alex Buisson Dylan
4 Tati Team Beaujolais Racing ZX-10R Techer Alan Denis Kevin Enjolras Julien
5 F.C.C. TSR Honda France CBR1000RR Hook Josh Foray Freddy Di Meglio Mike
6 Team ERC Endurance Panigale V4R Jezek Ondrej De Puniet Randy Rossi Louis
7 YART Yamaha YZF-R1 Parkes Broc Fritz Marvin Canepa Niccolo
8 Bolliger Team ZX-10R Stamm Roman Suchet Sebastien Walraven Nigel
9 Tecmas BMW GMC S 1000 RR Hedelin Camille Masbou Alexis Perret David
10 RS Itoh ZX-10R Yanagawa Akira Ito Kazuki Izutsu Hitoyasu
11 Pachi Hkm Speed Racing S 1000 RR Farid Badrul Hafiq Azmi Haiqal Ahmad
12 Omega Maco Racing Team YZF-R1 Szkopek Pawel Elison James Hanika Karel
13 Team Sugai Racing Japan RSV4RF Sugai Yoshiyuki Byrne Paul TBA
14 Yamaha Sepang Racing YZF-R1 Morbidelli Franco Syahrin Hafizh Van Der Mark Michael
15 Team 202 YZF-R1 Creusot Amandine Wang-Chang Johan Parret Florent
16 BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers ZX-10R Loiseau Anthony Hardt Jonathan Pilot Julien
17 Transmap Racing With Ace Cafe GSX-R1000 Ooishi Masahiko Hirano Luna Rajini Krishnan
18 Team Kodama YZF-R1 Kodama Yuta Tokudome Kazuki TBA
19 British Endurance Racing Team GSX-R1000 Railton Jonathan Blackshaw Johnny Edwards James
20 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto ZX-10R Boulom Enzo Gamarino Christian Manfredi Kevin
21 Jma Motos Action Bike GSX-R1000 Cronier Nicolas Cornut Billy Gucciardi Maxime
22 3ART – Moto Team 95 YZF-R Lussiana Mathieu Berchet Morgan Plancassagne Alex
23 BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team S 1000 RR Mykhalchyk Ilya Reiterberger Markus Foray Kenny
24 RAC 41 CBR1000RR Antiga Guillaume Tessels Wayne Bonnot Maxime
25 No Limits Motor Team GSX-R1000 Scassa Luca Kemmer Christophe Vitali Luca
26 Motors Events GSX-R1000 Westmorland James Linfoot Dan Nigon Johan
27 T Motokids YZF-R1 Fukuyama Kyota Yoshida Kazunori Takaya Okuda
28 Bertl K Racing S 1000 RR Thoni Nicolas Dangl Patrick Walchhutter Lukas
29 National Motos CBR1000RR Debise Valentin Okubo Hikari TBA
30 GERT 56 By GS Yuasa S 1000 RR Kerschbaumer Stefan Glockner Lucy Bijsterbosch Pepijn
31 Mototech EWC Team YZF-R1 Fastre Gregory Lonbois Vincent Godfrey Ben
32 Motobox Kremer Favorite Factory 321 YZF-R1 Dehaye Geoffroy Strohlein Stefan Ortiz Greg
33 Og Motorsport By Sarazin YZF-R1 Charpin Mathieu Diguet Julien Hugot Jonathan
34 Yamashina Kawasaki Ken Racing ZX-10R Shinjo Masahiro Nakamura Shuichiro Matsumoto Masayuki
35 Jeg Racing Team GSX-R1000 Leblanc Gregory Uramoto Naomichi Tsuda Takuya
36 Team Plusone S 1000 RR Sekiguchi Taro Sakai Daisaku Nagoe Kousuke
37 Wójcik Racing Team YZF-R1 Rea Gino Bergman Christoffer Maurin Axel
38 Tone RT Syncedge 4413 BMW S 1000 RR Hoshino Tomoya Atsumi Kokoro Ishizuka Takeshi
39 Pitlane Endurance YZF-R1 Pellizotti Maxim Granzotto Clement De La Rosa Gino
40 Sun Chlorella By R2CL GSX-R1000 Konno Yoshihiro Seller Clinton Morais Sheridan
41 Honda Asia Dream Racing With Showa CBR1000RR Zaidi Zaqhwan Izdihar Andi Farid Chantra Somkiat
42 Team LRP Poland S 1000 RR Vincon Dominik Buhn Jan Lewandowski Bartlomiej
43 Energie Endurance 91 ZX-10R Napoli Christian Napoli Frederico Pesek Karel
44 Exteria Kspcs Racing By Empora GSX-R1000 Juda Dominik Novosel Renato Kovacs Balint
45 Moto Ain YZF-R1 Rolfo Roberto Mulhauser Robin Clere Hugo
46 Team Hanshin Riding School ZX-10R Sano Katsuto Okamura Mitsunori Higashimura Isami
47 HRT 100 – Hertrampf Racing Endurance Panigale V4R Nekvasil Marco Bos Bobby Friedrich Arnaud
48 Team Aviobike YZF-R1 Baggi Giovanni Boscoscuro Andrea Rosso Niccolo
49 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences YZF-R1 Alt Florian Marino Florian Simeon Xavier
50 Wojcik Racing Team 2 YZF-R1 Biesiekirski Piotr Pasek Adrian Biesiekirski Piotr

Source: MCNews.com.au

The opening era of MotoE begins with official test at Jerez

10-seconds off Moto2 pace but a lot of speed to be found

High-profile MotoE riders sparked up their mounts for the first time in Spain overnight in company with the official Moto2 testing schedule ahead of season 2019.

The fastest time from the first outing for the MotoE machines came from Ajo Motorsports rider Niki Tuuli, a 1m51.721. That opening day benchmark nearly ten-seconds slower than the fastest Moto2 time of the day recorded by Lorenzo Baldasarri, as a new chapter also started for Moto2 with the move to Triumph engines for season 2019.

Clearly, these are only the first baby steps for the MotoE machines, but with high-profile teams and highly skilled riders, Dorna is certainly providing this new class with every chance of success.

MotoE Test Jerez Day Enerigca Angel Nieto
Angel Nieto Team’s Energica MotoE machine

Many riders would have liked to have turned a lot more laps but were restricted by battery capacity and recharge times, as at this test many of the two-rider teams only had one machine at their disposal to be shared by two riders. 

Former WorldSSP podium finisher and Moto2 rider Niki Tuuli (Ajo Motorsport MotoE) topped the times on Day 1 of three, setting a quickest time of 1:51.721.

Moto3 laptimes had tumbled dramatically after the first runs, and by the end of play Tuuli, a previous WorldSSP podium finisher, proved fast enough to beat 2017 European Moto2 Champion Eric Granado (Esponsorama Racing) by 0.121s.

Former Grand Prix rider Randy de Puniet (LCR E-Team) completed the top three with only 0.185 splitting the trio.

MotoE Test Jerez Day Randy De Puniet
Randy de Puniet (LCR E-Team)

Bradley Smith is another high-profile current riders to be taking on MotoE in 2019, alongside his new official test role as development rider for Aprillia MotoGP, the Brit will race MotoE with the One Energy Racing Team and was 0.618 off the top on his first outing.

MotoE Test Jerez Day Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith

“I am happy to have completed my first laps on the MotoE bike. The first session was in the wet, so it was a good opportunity to compare it to the feeling in the dry conditions that we had later. I am positively surprised with the handling of the bike and the way it has performed here at Jerez. We have to work out which steps we need to take to improve everything and evaluate the result of each step. So far everything we have seen has been positive; now we need to analyse the work we have done on this first day and make a plan for tomorrow. We were in the top three for the majority of the day, now we have to work out a way to be the fastest, which is the objective.”

MotoE Test Jerez Day Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith

Alex De Angelis (Alma Pramac Racing) was just 0.064 behind Smith in P5. The much anticipated return of former MotoGP frontrunner Sete Gibernau, meanwhile, saw the 45-year-old hit the ground running and only just over a second off the top.

MotoE Test Jerez Day Sete Gibernau
Sete Gibernau

World Endurance Champion Josh Hook was P14 and shared the Alma Pramac electric bike with team-mate Alex De Angelis as the Australian got his first brief taste of MotoE machinery. Hook finished up in P14 just behind fellow WEC regular Kenny Foray who made his debut with the new Tech3 MotoE squad.

Kenny Foray – P13

“Everything was totally new for me today and I also didn’t know the track very well yet. So, the first laps I spent to learn the track and then I started to try to find a feeling, after being on a 1000cc machine all the time. Lap by lap, I enjoyed it more and more, but I know, I still have to work a lot on myself to adapt my style, especially to improve my corner speed and some other things. I have to admit, it’s not easy, but it’s a lot of fun!”

MotoE Test Jerez Day Kenny Foray
Kenny Foray

Josh Hook – P14

“I had a great time. If I have to be honest, I was impressed by the power delivery of the bike when accelerating, but mainly the most impressive thing was how easy the bike is to ride. After two laps I was already pushing hard. I wanted to lap more but the battery doesn’t allow it”.

Female road race sensation María Herrera is also taking on the new challenge of in an Ángel Nieto squad alongside team-mate Nico Terol. Terol was the faster of the two on day one after completing ten laps with a best effort of 1’54.192. Terol had the opportunity to ride the bike here on the occasion of the Spanish Grand Prix earlier in the year and is confident that there is plenty of room for improvement over the next two days of the test.

Nico Terol – P12

“I did seven laps in the final session of the day, after watching my team-mate in the other two. I didn’t have the set-up how it needed to be – it was very soft on the front and I couldn’t brake how I wanted. On the fourth lap I set my best time and I am sure I could have gone faster but tomorrow I will have two sessions back to back and I’ll be able to give more and get more out of the bike.”

MotoE Test Jerez Day Nico Terol
Nico Terol

María was riding the Energica machine for the first time and was sixteenth fastest in her debut appearance on the bike she will race in 2019. The Spanish youngster reported a good feeling from her first laps of the Spanish track and already has some ideas on how to adapt her riding style to the specific demands of this new machine.

María Herrera – P16

“The first feeling with the MotoE bike is good, the acceleration is quite smooth and it reminds me of a 600 – you have to keep the corner speed up because you can’t be aggressive on the gas. I have to understand the best way to get this bike stopped with the weight it has, which will be one of the main points of focus, as well as the inertia in corner entry, having never ridden a bike like this before. I didn’t ride much today, only the first two sessions, but I am keen to get the bike set up how I like it and seeing how far we can go with it.”

MotoE Test Jerez Day MariaHerrera
María Herrera

Teams and riders were not just getting their heads around new and very different machinery than they had ridden before, but also were getting up to speed with new rubber.  Specially designed, the front tyres are a derivative of MotoGP tyres but the rears have more of a Superbike background.

The fronts need to support the heavy bikes under braking, whereas the rears need to warm up quickly for the shorter race distances in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup. With the different characteristics of each, that made it something very new for each rider out on track – regardless of their racing experience. 

Lucio Cecchinello LCR Pic
Lucio Cecchinello put this image out on his Instagram account that shows some of what is behind the fairings of the new MotoE machines

MotoE testing will continue over the weekend. 

MotoE Jerez Test 2018
Day One Times

  1. Niki Tuuli – Ajo Motorsport 1m51.721
  2. Eric Granado – Esponsorama 1m51.842
  3. Randy De Puniet – LCR 1m51.906
  4. Bradley Smith – One Energy 1m52.339
  5. Alex De Angelis – Alma Pramac 1m52.403
  6. Mike Di Meglio – Marc VDS 1m52.574
  7. Jesko Raffin – Dynavolt Intact 1m52.675
  8. Lorenzo Savadori – Trentino Gresini 1m52.689
  9. Sete Gibernau – Pons Racing 1m52.817
  10. Matteo Casadei – Ongetta SIC58 1m53.629
  11. Niccolo Canepa – LCR 1m53.959
  12. Nico Terol – Angel Nieto Team 1m54.192
  13. Kenny Foray – Tech3 1m54.413
  14. Josh Hook – Alma Pramac 1m55.731
  15. Matteo Ferrari – Trentino Gresini 1m58.314
  16. Julian Miralles – Avintia Esponsorama 2m06.002
  17. Luca Vitali – Ongetta SIC58 2m06.560

Source: MCNews.com.au

LCR launch MotoE Team with DePuniet and Canepa

Motorcycle racing welcomes a new era with the launch of the MotoE Championship (officially the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup) in 2019 and the LCR Team is pleased to announce its participation in the series with Randy De Puniet and Niccolò Canepa as official riders for the LCR E-Team.

Lucio Cecchinello (LCR Team Principal)

“This project is a new challenge in my career and I am very proud to be part of it with the brand-new LCR E-Team because this new series represents a part of racing’s future. I am also very happy to be back working with my former Chief Technician, Paolo Cordioli (who helped me to set up the LCR Team in 1996) and also Luciano and Thomas Betti, both former international champions of previous electric bike competitions. When Randy (De Puniet) accepted our proposal to be part of this new project, I was very happy because he lined up for the LCR Team for five years in the past (2003/2004 in the 250cc class and 2008/2009/2010 in the MotoGP class) achieving amazing results (18 times on the podium, including 4 victories in LCR colours). Niccolò has a very impressive career record also, including the 2007 Superstock World Title and the 2016/2017 FIM World Endurance Title, and is keen to start this new challenge aboard the MotoE”. 

The new championship, which will run alongside MotoGP, will feature low-noise, zero-emission motorcycles that are powered by renewable energy sources.

The inaugural calendar consists of five rounds that will take place during MotoGP events (Jerez de la Frontera, Le Mans, Sachsenring, Spielberg and Misano) and a first test on November 23-25 at Jerez.

The LCR E-Team is ready embrace the new challenge with a strong line-up that features highly-respected technical staff, talented former LCR rider De Puniet and the 2017 Endurance Champion, Canepa.

Randy De Puniet

“Of course I am very happy to be part of the first MotoE Championship and for me it is even better because I return to the LCR Team where I raced for 5 years in my MotoGP career. I had my best racing memories with this team so it’s amazing to be back with Lucio and his squad. Regarding MotoE World Cup, everything will be new for everybody, but thanks to this test in November in Jerez we will gather more information on the bike and the riding style. I think it’s going to be fun with 18 identical bikes using the same tyres, so I cannot wait to start this new challenge”.

KTM MotoGP Test - June 2016 - Jerez - Randy De Puniet
Randy De Puniet

Niccolò Canepa

“I am very happy to be part of this new project in its debut season and, most of all, doing it in LCR colours. I think this is one of the most high-level teams in the paddock and I have a very good relationship with Lucio. Now I can’t wait to try this bike for the first time in Jerez. I am actually training a lot to get ready for the start of the season and this first test in November will give us important information on the bike configuration. Lucio has put together a very professional crew and, from my side, I will do my best to reward the team with good results”.

Niccolò Canepa – GeeBee Image