ERC Endurance Ducati: Sylvain Barrier to compete the 2021 season with Hoffmann being new team manager

ERC Endurance Ducati: Sylvain Barrier to compete the 2021 season with Hoffmann being new team manager

ERC Endurance Ducati will compete in the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship with riders Sylvain Barrier (FRA), Louis Rossi (FRA) and Mathieu Gines (FRA). Ondrej Jezek (CZE) will remain being test- and reserve-rider. Frank Hoffmann will be the new team manager. 

Karlsruhe, Germany. The ERC Endurance Ducati line-up for the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship is complete. French rider Sylvain Barrier, who already got a first glimpse of the EWC spec Panigale V4R in last year’s final race at the 12 hours of Estoril, Portugal, will become a permanent rider for the team in 2021. Barrier will share the Ducati run by team boss Uwe Reinhardt with his French compatriots Louis Rossi and Mathieu Gines.

New – but not completely new – will be team manager Frank Hoffmann. The boss of “Wunderlich” – a premium motorbike component supplier – is a long term friend of team boss Reinhardt and has been present in the background as consultant in the past already. Hoffmann himself loves Endurance racing, has raced himself and created teams for the 24 hours of Oschersleben at the beginning of the 2000 millennium and currently in the Reinoldus Langstrecken Cup (RLC). He will now control the fate ot the Germany based team, which is heavily supported by the Ducati factory in Borgo-Panigale near Bologna in Italy.   

MICHELIN will remain the team’s tyre partner in the 2021 Ducati Endurance assault. In 2020, both parties collected some experience together already which now builts the base for the ongoing partnership. MICHELIN as a French company has long expert knowledge in Endurance racing and has been a long term Ducati partner in the FIM Superbike World Championship prior to the single tyre manufacturerer rules. 

ERC Endurance Ducati’s first roll out will take place on 20th/21st January 2021 at the Circuito de Jerez, Spain, sharing the track with the aruba.it Ducati WorldSBK Team. It will be also the starting point for the new team structure with Frank Hoffmann at the helm of the team manager position and with the riders Sylvain Barrier, Louis Rossi, Mathieu Gines and Ondrej Jezek.

Sylvain Barrier at the 12 hours of Estoril, Portugal.

Sylvain Barrier – Rider:
“I am very happy to be riding with ERC Endurance for 2021! It was great to work with the team in Estoril last year and see the potential for this year! The team is really motivated and I can’t wait to start our project. The team is very competitive and there is a great opportunity for us to be competing at the front of the FIM Endurance World Championship with our Ducati Panigale V4R.”

Frank Hoffmann – Team Manager:
“Uwe Reinhardt and I are having a long lasting friendship together and I sometimes already did bantering at him he would need a team manager who knows Endurance racing. My main profession will remain the Wunderlich company but I really fancied to be part of this project. In the background, I also was always available to Uwe when he needed help or some tips and I also did nab him when some things did not go to plan. But now I got this job as team manager on my table and I know it won’t be an easy task. A plus is that the team already has some experience with the EWC-spec Ducati Panigale V4R on which we can build on. This project has a huge potential and I think – if we can pool our resources and strengths right, we can be successful. I am looking forward to it.”

Uwe Reinhardt – Team Boss:
“We are racing Endurance to win on Ducati and fight for the title so we did check everything again and upped our game once more. With Sylvain Barrier we could sign on of our Estoril riders for the full season – he is very quick, steps over from World Superbikes and desperately wants to win 24 hours races. He knows the bike and did help us a lot at Portugal with his input to further develop our Ducati Panigale V4R. I am confident that him, Louis Rossi and Mathie Gines are our base to be fighting for the podium in EWC races. Frank Hoffmann is a long term friend of mine and also was a good consultant in our initial beginning phase of founding this team. He now offered us to be the team manager. He knows all the wrinkles in Endurance and I am sure he can help us on our journey to the forefront.”

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