2015 FIM Endurance Calendar Down to Four Rounds

02/05/2015 @ 10:21 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

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After releasing initially a five-round provisional calendar, with a sixth round yet to be confirmed, the FIM Endurance World Championship will actually go back to a four-round schedule for 2015.

The announcement coincides with Eurosport Events being named as the series’ promoter, and presumably Eurosport Events didn’t see the advantage of adding a 24-Hour Magny-Cours round to the schedule, along with one of three possibilities in Portual (Estoril), Belgium (Zolder), or Slovakia (Slovakia Ring).

The Endurance World Championship is very popular in Western Europe, especially in France and Germany, which at least explains the venues that the FIM was considering to add for 2015.

How the EWC will grow in the future remains to be seen though. A stop in the USA could be interesting, especially if the format was more like the Suzuka 8-Hours, where one-event local heroes rule the roost over season-long entries.

The fear is that a continued push in Europe will only pull fans from existing venues, and the endurance series will slowly collapse on itself. Hopefully that won’t occur as its some of the hardest racing in the sport, and the only true venue where tire manufacturers can still compete head-to-head.

The 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship Calendar:

April 18th & 19th — 24 heures Moto Le Mans (FRA)
July 25th & 26th — Suzuka 8 Hours Suzuka (JAP)
August 22nd — Oschersleben 8 Hours Oschersleben (GER)
September 19th & 20th — Bol d’Or (24 heures) Le Castellet (FRA)

Source: FIM

  • Christopher Horrell

    Not news I was hoping to hear. I love racing, pretty much all motorsports racing, but motorcycle and all forms of endurance racing have a special place in my heart. I can only hope and dream that the FIM Endurance World Championship would pick up a round here in the U.S.

    Daytona would be a great 8, 12, or 24 hour format race for the bikes and in my opinion would better than the 200 ever was. I’m not sure if Daytona meets the FIM safety requirements but if does not then maybe improvements and or an exemption could be made in order to make it a reality. And ultimately if Daytona can not happen then maybe Miller Motorsports Park would be better suited. I would also say COTA, but the locals living nearby would never allow it.