2018 Suzuka 8 Hours will represent the last race in EWC for GMT94 Yamaha. The reigning World Champion team, lining up David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio, will leave Endurance after the prestigious race hosted in Suzuka and this will put an end to a story that saw the French squad becoming, together with Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, one of the most winning and iconic entities of the championship.
Many junkies were surprised by the decision, but many people working in EWC knew that it was going to happen. The team owned by Christophe Guyot, which boasts three titles (2004, 2014 and 2016/2017), will leave Endurance to focus on World Supersport Championship, where they will line up two Yamaha R6 to fight for front positions.
GMT94 had already participated in World Superbike and Supersport, but the priority remained FIM EWC. This will not happen next year, as the #94 Yamaha will disappear from EWC paddock already at 2018 Bol d’Or, first round of 2018/2019 season. What led GMT94 to this decision is the intention of their sponsors and Yamaha to provide enough money for World Supersport campaign and this loss represents an important wake-up call for Endurance World Championship, because the departure of one of their main protagonists is considered as unacceptable.
GMT94 (Guyot Motorcycle Team) debuted in EWC in early 2000s and since then they secured three titles, three 24 Heures Motos Le Mans wins, two Bol d’Or ones, 17 wins overall and 39 podium finishes. GMT94 will try to score their fourth title in EWC at Suzuka, where they need 10 points more than F.C.C. TSR Honda, and after that Canepa, Di Meglio and Checa will have to search for another team: news about this is coming soon.
“I want to thank Dorna for allowing us to contest FIM EWC and miss some World Supersport races due to clashes“, said Christophe Guyot, GMT94 Team Owner and Manager. “Now we can take part in the remaining 2018 WorldSSP events and also in the whole 2019 season. High-level racing needs teams who try to rise young riders and this represents the main goal of our Supersport project. After three EWC titles, we will have a fresh start in another championship and this challenge is very stimulating. Yamaha, Mutuelle des Motards and our partners have decided to follow us in this new journey and together we’ll try to build up a team that can win in sprint races, like we used to do in Endurance“.