(Motorsport-Total.com) – At the final of the World Endurance Championship (EWC) for motorcycles, Yoshimura SERT-Suzuki closed the bag and secured the world title in 2021. BMW celebrated its first victory in an exciting 6-hour race in Most (Czech Republic). YART-Yamaha had to admit defeat in the finish by just 0.070 seconds.
Suzuki dominated the 2021 EWC season and won the world title
Originally, the fourth and final race of the season in Most was scheduled for eight hours. But it was shortened by two hours. The reason was noise restrictions and it shouldn’t be driven in the dark.
In qualifying, YART-Yamaha (Marvin Fritz, Karel Hanika, Niccolo Canepa) secured pole position. In the early stages of the race, BMW (Ilya Mikhalchik, Markus Reiterberger) took the lead. There were two longer safety car phases.
Eventually the closest EWC final in history was about to take place. When Fritz took over the R1 for his last stint, the German was around 15 seconds behind his compatriot Reiterberger with the BMW M1000RR.
Fritz set the fastest race lap four times and got closer and closer to Reiterberger. But Reiterberger brought the first BMW victory over the finish line. “That was a really breathtaking race,” said “Reiti” happily.
“We flirted with a five-stop strategy, but you need a safety car for that. That is very likely on this track, and it turned out that way. This is how we managed to make one stop less than, for example, YART travel.”
“I think that the fuel consumption was the key to success and that we drove through without mistakes.” With this victory, BMW finished second in the world championship. The German brand contested the second EWC season.
Austrian YART team having a difficult season
For YART-Yamaha, second place was the first podium this year. “Of course I’m annoyed that I lost so close,” commented Fritz. “The start was difficult and then we had bad luck with the timing of the safety car. We lost two minutes as a result.”
“Nevertheless we only lost 0.070 seconds. That shows our speed. We have to see it positively, because we were only one second short of Toprak’s Superbike time. We have to work on our weaknesses and be stronger in 2022.”
In the end, Markus Reiterberger held the YART-Yamaha in check Zoom
Yoshimura SERT-Suzuki didn’t have to take any more risks in the final. After the victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Bol d’Or, the points advantage was large. The trio of Sylvain Guintoli, Xavier Simeon and Gregg Black made it all clear in Most with third place.
In the overall standings, Suzuki secured the endurance world title for the 20th time. The lead over BMW was ultimately 42.5 points. SRC Kawasaki France finished the season in third place.
“This season was a dream because everything went as planned,” said Guintoli happily. “For me, the victories in the two 24-hour races were the best. I always wanted to win them. In Most we were thinking of the world title, but we also wanted to get on the podium. Everything worked out.”
Final result of the EWC season 2021:
01. Yoshimura SERT-Suzuki – 175,5 Punkte
02. BMW – 133
03. SRC Kawasaki France – 115.5
04. VRD Igol Experiences – 105
05. FCC TSR Honda France – 91
06. YART Yamaha – 88
07. Moto Ain – 85,5
08. Motobox Kremer Racing #65 – 85
09. ERC Endurance Ducati – 79.5
10. Maco Racing Team – 70,5