KM99’S REFUSAL TO GIVE UP A BOOST AHEAD OF HOME EWC COUNTER

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KM99 heads to its home round of the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship boosted by the “relentless efforts” that helped it to fight back to ninth place in the Formula EWC section of the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans last month.

Belgium-based KM99 began its second season in the EWC in promising fashion when Florian Marino shot up from eighth on the grid to fifth thanks to what the team referred as a “lightning start” from the Frenchman, who was partnered by compatriots and new-for-2024 KM99 recruits Randy de Puniet and Jérémy Guarnoni.

The Yamaha-powered squad’s race recap read:

Florian Marino's lightning start immediately gained us three positions, laying a solid foundation for the rest of the race. Over the initial five hours, our trio maintained an impressive pace, contending for a podium position.

A minor crash, fortunately without major damage, necessitated an unexpected pit stop. Thanks to the swift action of our mechanics, repairs were completed in just five minutes, allowing us to enter the eighth hour of the race in sixth position, securing five championship points.

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However, the race took a challenging turn due to difficult-to-diagnose mechanical issues. Multiple extended pitstops ensued, resulting in a drop in our position in the standings. Despite setbacks, our riders displayed remarkable perseverance and skill, gradually climbing back up the rankings through the night.

A more significant setback occurred in the morning with a second, more substantial crash, immobilising our Yamaha R1 for approximately 30 minutes and dropping us to 36th place in the overall standings.

In the end, Team KM99 crossed the finish line in 13th place overall and ninth in the EWC category. While the final result did not meet our initial expectations, we are proud of the team's relentless efforts to finish the race and achieve such a comeback under challenging race conditions, particularly in the face of harsh weather conditions.

With 19 out of 48 teams forced to retire, the demanding nature of the 24 Heures Motos is evident. We express sincere gratitude to our fans for their support and encouragement, and to our partners for their backing.

KM99 will head to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the 8 Hours of Spa Motos ninth in the FIM Endurance World Championship for Teams on 18 points. The event takes place from 6-8 June.

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Original Source [ FIM EWC ]

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