ERC Endurance Ducati to field Gines and Barrier at Estoril 2020
ERC Endurance Ducati will tackle the final round of the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship this upcoming weekend with Louis Rossi, team’s comeback rider Mathieu Gines and new arrival Sylvain Barrier.
This weekend, the 12 hours of Estoril in Portugal will mark the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship season with ERC Endurance Ducati having had to solve some rider issues. Former GP rider Louis Rossi remains on board and will be partnered by Mathieu Gines who is a returnee to the ERC squad, having worked with them in the past already. A new addition will be current WorldSBK rider Sylvain Barrier from France, who also has a rich Endurance history, including a Open win at Le Mans.
Randy de Puniet could not be retained for the 12 hours of Portugal as this weekend marks a clash in dates with the MotoGP™ World Championship round at the Circuit Montmelo de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, and de Puniet having to fulfil his commitments as a TV commentator for Canal+.
Julien da Costa did finish his career in the FIM Endurance World Championship after the 24 hours of Le Mans just a couple of weeks ago.
The ERC Endurance trio can look forward to the latest evolutions and developments of the EWC spec Ducati Panigale V4R at Portugal.
The Circuito do Estroil is a new addition to the FIM EWC calendar due to the ongoing Covid-19 changes in all racing series this year. It wont be a new circuit for Louis Rossi, who has had one of the most important moments in his career at the Portugal venue, where he debuted in the 125cc-Grand-Prix category back in 2007.
“I am very happy to go to Estoril for the final round of the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship. I know the track from the past as in 2007 I made my GP debut there in the 125cc-class. I have some good memories of Estoril and I like this track. We can expect a good result there, as we have seen at the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans, that our Ducati Panigale V4R is a very fast and strong bike. Also – at this stage of our young project – a 12 hours race should be good for us and might benefit ERC Endurance Ducati. Podium? Why not!”
“I am happy to be back with ERC Endurance and keen to get my leg over the EWC spec Ducati Panigale V4R. I know the team from the past, so I know they are working highly professional and also most of the mechanics won’t be new to me. That’s a plus, for sure. Also I have studied the team’s performances in the Sepang 8 hours and the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans and what they did was outstanding considering how new the project is. I hope to contribute to the development of the Panigale V4R and will give my all to get the best possible result home.”
“I am really happy to be racing in the FIM Endurance World Championship and to have the opportunity to be part of the ERC Endurance Ducati team, who do everything to be successful. I am enjoying riding the Panigale V4R, so it will be interesting to experience it with the EWC spec. I have worked with Michelin for many years and know their tyres well so I am curious to see how the bike will be with the Michelin. I have followed the ERC Team performances in Sepang and Le Mans and know the huge potential of the team, riders and bike. All the team are really motivated to do the best at the 12 hours of Estoril in Portugal. I am happy to see Mathieu Gines with whom I did race in the past and to meet Louis Rossi.”