2011 FIM Endurance to Debut Next Weekend
Favorites are the current World Champions, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Dunlop). The team has 10 world titles under their belt and intend to win another one this year.
This year, Kawasaki announced the debut of the new main weapon made in Akashi, the 2011 ZX-10R. SRC Kawasaki (Pirelli), winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010, will take advantage of the performance of the new ZX-10R. The Yamaha Monster YART (Michelin), World Champion Endurance 2009 FIM Qtel, seems more motivated than ever for fight to regain the title, as is the other official Yamaha R1 Racing 94 Ipone GMT France (Michelin) 2004 Champion.
BMW Motorrad France 99 (Michelin) managed to be competitive in qualifying, but bad luck struck on race day. The S1000 RR seems to be ready for some serious “superbike frags” this year. The Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship welcomes the comeback of Honda. The English team Honda TT Legends (Dunlop) will represent the Japanese manufacturer in the 2011 World Championship. They will probably do a good job, being that the new team benefits from some serious backup from the World Champions of 1993, 2000 and 2003, the Phase One Endurance Racing Team.
2011 Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship
April 16 and 17: France - Bol d’Or (24 Hours)
May 21 (Saturday): Spain - Albacete (8 Hours)
July 31: Japan (only Formula EWC) - Suzuka (8 Hours)
August 21: Great Britain - Donington (6 Hours)
September 24 and 25: France - Le Mans (24 Hours)
November 12 (Saturday): Qatar - Doha (8 Hours)