This weekend marks the start of the 2018/19 FIM Endurance World Championship, with teams from around the world competing at the iconic Bol d’Or in Southern France.
As the most successful tyre manufacturer in the history of the series, Dunlop will be looking to add to their tally of 11 titles from the last 15 seasons, and they’ll be hoping their teams make a strong start at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Both the Suzuki and Honda Endurance Racing Teams will continue to partner with Dunlop, who are the tyre choice of 34 of 59 of the teams entered for this weekend’s race.
Maco Racing will also be working with Dunlop as a partner team, alongside former superstock team #333 Team Yamaha Viltaïs who have now moved up to the main EWC class for the upcoming season.
In the Endurance World Cup class, Dunlop completed a podium lock-out last season and no doubt the Webike Tati Team Trickstar squad will be looking to retain their title, competing against fellow-Dunlop squad Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki, last season’s runners-up.
Dunlop will continue to sponsor the Independent Trophy, which allows independently run teams to complete for prize money at each round, which aims to assist them in competing in the series.
The best of the action from the 2017/18 Dunlop Independent Trophy can be viewed below:
Despite the modified surface, times during testing for Dunlop have been positive in the run-up to this weekend’s race. This season Dunlop expect EWC teams to double-stint the front tyre and single stint the rear tyre while Superstock teams (with a longer wheel change procedure) will generally have a four to six stint strategy on the front tyres and two to three stints on the rear. However, with no tyre restrictions for the Bol d’Or, EWC teams are likely to single stint both front and rear tyres due to the more abrasive surface.
You can find out more about the Dunlop race tyre range here.