πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 24h Spa Francorchamps 2023: ERC Endurance Ducati forced to retire early in the race πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. ERC Endurance Ducati hat to withdraw from the second round of the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship at the legendary Spa Francorchamps race track in the Ardennes. Xavi Fores (ESP), Jesper Pellijeff (SWE) and David Checa (ESP) had fought for the sharp end of the following pack of the leaders when a gearbox problem forced them into the pits and the race was declared a race.

Fores had taken the start from eleventh on the grid and entered the Top-Ten by the end of his stint. Pellijeff and Checa were to follow and held the Endurance-spec Ducati Panigale V4R in the race for the points and the Top-Ten. The trio was also hoping to make it into the night as the package would work better in cooler conditions. But it wasn’t to be: After Fores’ second stint the ERC Endurance Ducati had to retire with a gearbox problem that could not be fixed on site at Spa. 

The team is now looking forward to the Bol d’Or race at Le Castellet in September – a race were ERC Endurance Ducati fought for the victory until almost the end. A result, that shall be bettered in 2023. 

Finally, the whole ERC Endurance Ducati wants to send best wishes to Chaz Davies and a speedy recovery.

Xavi Fores:

What shall I say. It was always going to be a difficult weekend for us here in Spa, we knew that before. In the end luck was again not on our side and we had to withdraw from the race after only a couple of hours. We were hoping to get home some points, but it wasn’t to be. I felt gear changing got harder and harder on my last stint and it was the beginning of the end for us. What a pitty to end this weekend like this, but we will come back even stronger at the Bol d’Or where we will try to fight for the podium again. 

Jesper Pellijeff:

Actually I was looking forward to way more riding on this beautiful ProKASRO Ducati Panigale V4R EWC to get even quicker, but in the end it was not to be. We had to retire early due to a technical problem and our race was over, before it even had really started. I want to thank the whole ERC Endurance Ducati for having me here this weekend, even though it did not unfold as we had hoped.

David Checa:
Luck was again not on our side and we had to retire just a couple of hours into the race. Of course this is Endurance and it can always happen, but we wanted more. This was always going to be a tough weekend, but we still were aiming to do a solid race and wanted to get some good points for the championship. We need to leave that behind us and focus on Bol d’Or now – a race we were fighting for the victory until almost the end last year and we know we can be strong there. Even stronger with all the improvements that have been made to our Ducati Panigale V4R EWC in the mean time.