December 19th, 2022.

Yoshimura Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Motul has confirmed it will contest the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2023.

A four-round series is planned for next season with three 24-hour races at Le Mans, Spa and Bol d’Or, together with one 8-hour race at Suzuka – all of which are familiar to Yoshimura SERT Motul. The reorganised Franco-Japanese team is highly motivated for next year and has its sights firmly set on reclaiming the EWC crown, that it won in dominant style in 2021, aboard the team Suzuki GSX-R1000R.

Yohei Kato - Team Director: “I am delighted that I am now in a position to announce that Yoshimura SERT Motul will participate in the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2023.

“The statement from Suzuki Motor Corporation of its intention to terminate its factory participation with MotoGP and EWC at the end of 2022 surprised our sponsors, partners, and fans, as well as our team members. However, we accepted the situation and set about working towards putting new plans in place.

“The organisation of the 2023 Yoshimura SERT Motul operation will be slightly different to that of the past two years, but Suzuki Motor Corporation has shown great confidence in our work and supports our ongoing participation.

“I am very grateful for their decision, and we will continue to represent Suzuki at the highest level. We will approach the championship with responsibility and determination, with our focus firmly set on reclaiming the EWC title again for Suzuki.

“In the 2022 season, we were leading the championship until the last race of the season, but unexpected problems prevented us from defending our title.

“I would like to thank Motul, Denso and our many other important partners for their continued support. Of course, we would also like to thank our fans and team members for their continued faith in Yoshimura SERT Motul.

“We will continue to move forward with the excellent Yoshimura SERT Motul riders and staff. Our goal is to win all races in 2023, and particularly look forward to the challenge of winning the 24-Heures Motos at Le Mans for the third consecutive year.”

Damien Saulnier - Team Manager: “It is with great satisfaction that, together with Yohei, we can confirm that the Yoshimura SERT Motul partnership is renewed for 2023. We will be running our Suzuki GSX-R1000R in red and blue livery to symbolise our association with both Yoshimura and Suzuki for the third year. We’ll also run with the number 12 plate when we return to the track next April.

"Despite the withdrawal of Suzuki from the official competition, we are still getting significant support from them as we continue to represent the brand in this important world championship. We will do our best to reward such confidence and return the Japanese manufacturer to the top step of the EWC podium in 2023.

“We are also very grateful to our longstanding partners, as well as new ones, for standing by us and backing us for the new season. With their help, we can concentrate on the job in hand, power on and be ready to reconquer the title.

“We look forward to welcoming our many fans and supporters to the opening round of EWC at Le Mans next April.”
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