The independent Motobox Kremer Racing team is gearing up to continue its strong form in 2021 when the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship kicks off with the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans this weekend April 14-17.
After finishing eighth in the FIM Endurance World Championship team classification in 2021, the German team, co-operated by Manfred Kremer and Georg Haas, aims to reinforce this performance with Geoffroy Dehaye, Stefan Ströhlein and Lukas Walchhütter on its Yamaha R1 headlining the Formula EWC class.
“We are starting the endurance season this year with Geoff, Stefan and Lukas,” Kremer said. “Geoffroy knows the Le Mans circuit by heart. In order for Stefan and Lukas to get a better idea of the track, we took part in last month’s test and were able to collect a lot of information. We are hoping for good weather and good track conditions for the 24 hour race. Although we have been participating in this race for more than 20 years, we are always surprised. Overall, we are very optimistic.
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Haas added: “With the 24 Heures Motos, we are starting the season with a strong moment. Our riders are very well prepared and our bike is waiting for the first practice session on the Circuit Bugatti. Many thanks to Yamaha, who are giving us great support this year, and to our partners IMT Fairings, Goede Motorsport and IXS, who are equipping us this year. We look forward to an exciting start.
French rider Dehaye, 34, said: “I am very happy to have finally found the team because the winter has been long. But I used a lot of training time and during the test I immediately felt fit on the bike. I’m ready to give my all at Le Mans and I’m looking forward to another season with the team. With my teammates, we will give everything to aim for the top 10.”
Ströhlein, 37, from Germany, said: “Testing at Le Mans went very well, we had good conditions and we were able to prepare for the race. We were able to take advantage of the second day, which had started in the rain, to get used to the Dunlop tires and break in the new engine. I’m ready for the start of the season. We are convinced that we can have a good race.
Austrian Walchhütter, 32, said: “It’s my first time at Le Mans, so it was all the more important for me to finish the test before the 24 hours. Even though I had a small accident, I rode a lot and my feelings for the bike and the tires kept improving. The track is relatively easy to learn and I hope to find those extra tenths of a second over the race weekend to keep improving with the team.
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