8 HOURS OF AWESTRUCK

PHOTO HENRI MARTIN/EWC

Motorcyclist - - Framed -

En­durance races are tra­di­tion­ally set­tled by at­tri­tion and man­age­ment as much as rider skill, but mo­tor­cy­cles have changed, and so have their rid­ers. To­day’s events are nail-bit­ing sprints, each one a tes­ta­ment to mod­ern en­gi­neer­ing and fit­ness. That’s what you see in the FIM En­durance World Cham­pi­onship, where teams take on tracks like Suzuka, Le Mans, and Osch­er­sleben in con­tests that range from eight to 24 hours. Grind­ing out laps as dark­ness falls puts a premium on vis­i­bil­ity for rid­ers and spec­ta­tors alike, lead­ing teams like cham­pi­onship-win­ning GMT94 Yamaha to run pow­er­ful head­lights and lit num­bers on their race ma­chines.

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