#94GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team
- Machine2018 YZF-R1
With owner, team manager and former rider Christophe Guyot at the helm, the GMT94 Yamaha team began in the 1990s out of Paris, France and is an official Yamaha team in the Endurance World Championship (EWC). The team has three world titles to its name, winning the championship in 2004, 2014 and last year in 2017. The team finished 3rd overall in 2011 and stood on the Suzuka 8 Hours podium with 3rd in 2012 to finish 3rd overall that year as well. They were vice-champions in 2013, 2015 and again in 2016, missing out on the title by a single point, but their results prove they are consistent frontrunners in the EWC.
GMT94’s rider lineup features David Checa, whose resume includes a wealth of experience in endurance racing and stints in World Superbike and MotoGP. A member of GMT94 since 2003, he has been the driving force in elevating the team to title-contending status in the series. He is joined by Niccolò Canepa, who also possesses a broad array of experience that includes including winning the 2007 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup title and time spent riding in the Moto2, MotoGP and World Superbike championships. Completing the team’s potent rider lineup for this year is Mike Di Meglio, whose results at road racing’s top level includes the 2008 125cc World Championship title and experience in the Moto2 class.
The team’s 2017–2018 season started off with a win at the season-opening 24-hour Bol d’Or in September 2017, but they were forced to retire from the 24 Hours of Le Mans held in this April. But at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring they battled closely with the YART team and took a strong 2nd place finish, bringing them up to 2nd in the championship. With their 3rd place podium at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben, they have only a 10-point gap to the leaders. They are contesting the championship aboard an YZF-R1 prepared and set up based on their wealth of endurance racing know-how and experience. For the R1’s 20th anniversary year at the Suzuka 8 Hours, the team will ride their #94 bike with the same special commemorative livery as the #21 Yamaha Factory Racing Team. They will be aiming for their first 8 Hours podium finish since 2012 as well as to repeat their feat of clinching the EWC title.
EWC Team Results
- BornApril 20, 1980
- BornMay 14, 1988
Mike Di Meglio
- BornJanuary 17, 1988