ERC Endurance signs high profile new arrivals in form of David Checa and Xavi Fores
Besides the team’s regulars of Mathieu Gines (FRA) and Lorenzo Zanetti (ITA), two Spanish riders will join ERC Endurance Ducati for the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship season: former world champion David Checa and his compatriot Xavi Fores.
The new riders quartet for ERC Endurance is a highly international one with Mathieu Gines from France being a long term member of the team. Lorenzo Zanetti from Italy will head into his first full time season in the FIM Endurance World Championship, nevertheless has debuted the EWC Ducati Panigale V4R in 2021 already. David Checa from Spain is one of the most successful and experienced riders in the Endurance’s history. He is swapping from the Kawasaki factory outfit to join the team from Karlsruhe. His compatriot Xavi Fores already has FIM World Superbike season on a Ducati on his belt and won the IDM Superbike 1000 championship on the very same brand back in the days. He is swapping from BMW Motorrad’s Endurance factory outfit to join ERC Endurance Ducati.
Gines and Zanetti already rod the Panigale V4R EWC bike to glory in the bike’s first full season in 2021. Out of four races held, in every single outing the team could score points, making it a total of 79.5 at the end of the season in P9 in the overall standing.
Checa won the Endurance World Championship titles in 2004, 2014, 2016/17 and 2018/19. He also got some MotoGP glimpse for three races on the Yamaha M1 in 2005 but also rode in the FIM World Superbike series. Checa has three wins at the Le Mans 24 hours motos under his belt (2005, 2017, 2019) and was victorious at the Bol d’Or twice (2007, 2017).
Fores is swapping from BMW Motorrad World Endurance to ERC Endurance Ducati. Die Spanish-man already rode in GP125, Moto2 and also one race in the MotoGP class. He did compete several seasons in the FIM World Superbike- and World Supersport championships, between 2016 and 2018 in WorldSBK already on Ducati. In 2014 he won the IDM Superbike german national championship also on Ducati.
ERC Endurance Ducati remains factory effort for Bologna.
The team and the manufacturer did sign a new two year deal for competing in the FIM Endurance World Championship. The factory at Bologna in form of Ducati Corse will even up the game to give the squad more support by further develop the suspension, swing-arm and engines to the needs of Endurance racing.
Also the first official test for ERC Endurance Ducati will be together with the factory efforts of World Superbikes and new World Supersport with two Bologna engineers exclusively working on the EWC-spec Panigale. Those tests will be held in February in Portimao (Portugal) and Misano (Italy).
As tire partner Michelin is set to leave the FIM Endurance World Championship, ERC Endurance Ducati can not announce its new tire partner as of yet.
“I am happy and looking forward to our season with ERC Endurance Ducati and our new team mates David Checa and Xavi Fores. Of course it only can be an advantage for our still new project to having such experienced riders with us working on the Ducati Panigale V4R-EWC. I already was team mate to David in the past and know how to work with him.”
“Last year I was able to get my first experiences in Endurance racing and I am now looking forward to my first full season with this team. If you get into Endurance racing it is impossible to not have heard of David Checa. Also I got an impression on track of Xavi Fores last year already and I know he is fast and has some good experience with Ducati already. This all will be a big advantage for all of us.”
“Since first entering the EWC competition at Malaysia two years ago I was able to watch the Ducati very closely on track and from beside and from the beginning it was clear to see the potential of the Panigale V4R-EWC. The team has had a strong first season, showing the Ducati can mix it up front in Endurance. They also learned a lot already and I am happy to now be part of this project. I will use all my experience on every single point to help bringing it further ahead.”
“I had some great success with Ducati already and I think the ERC Endurance Panigale V4R-EWC can not only win podiums and races, but als fight for championships. I am looking forward to the new season and I think we can built on the great potential the team showed last year already.”
Frank Hoffmann – Team Manager:
“With Mathieu Gines, Lorenzo Zanetti, David Checa and Xavi Fores we have some four absolute Endurance specialists on board, that are quick as hell. For ERC Endurance it is a big honour to have four such high profile riders joining us after just one year as it shows we gained a lot of respect in our first season in the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship. We did finish 24-hours and collected points in all races. We were quick and our Panigale V4R was more than reliable with our mechanics doing great jobs in the pits. Of course we had to learn a lot and we have to take the learned things to 2022 to even get better. But it is a fact that with this bike and those four riders we have all the tools to fight for podiums, wins and the sharp end in the overall standing of the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship.”