OUR MOTORCYCLE TEAMS
Team 18 sapeurs-pompiers
Team 18 sapeurs-pompiers (firefighters), was created in 2000 by Yannick Bureau and Olivier Guionnet, to be the official team of the firefighters of France.
It is the 6th oldest endurance motorcyle team in the world, and the oldest amateur team.
Team 18 is a non-profit organisation, whose members are all professional and volunteer firefighters from across France who are very happy to devote their spare time to motorcycling.
The organisation’s key objective is, of course, to participate in the world’s top motorcycle endurance races, but also to promote the teamwork, bravery and application to a task which are the core values of firefighters.
Another important role that the team performs is to raise awareness of the hazards faced by bikers, particularly, they advise riders to pursue their love of speed by racing around circuits rather than on roads.
To this end, since 2001, the organisation has held ten “take your speed off the road” days, whose simple message is: “YES to riding fast, BUT only in the right place, and DEFINITELY not on the road!”
Igol is proud to partner this deserving team which, as if serving the community and promoting road safety were not enough, also notches up some excellent performances on the circuit: Team 18 placed second in the World Endurance Cup 2007, took 3rd place in the Bol d’Or and were runners-up in the 2009 World Endurance Championship.
In 2013, Kawasaki France also decided to support this team, which now drive ZX-10R bikes.
Viltaïs Racing Division
Created by the Viltaïs association in the early 2000s, Viltaïs Racing Division is a collective initiative set up to create pathways into employment for young people via a shared passion – motorcycle racing. Since its inception, 180 young people from a broad range of social and cultural backgrounds have benefited from the opportunities offered by Viltais Racing Division.
The idea that young people should get the chance to take part in the world’s most prestigious motorcycling competitions, such as the Bol d’Or in 2002, might seem strange to some; but it is the precise objective of Viltaïs Racing Division: to compete and achieve as a result of the collective commitment of young amateurs.
Soon after entering the world of amateur motorcycle endurance racing, the Viltaïs Racing Division team started to rack up sporting successes: Auvergne Endurance Champion in 2003, four-time 50 cc French Endurance Champion, and twice French Endurance Champion in the Superstock 600 cc category. Supported by Christian SARRON, the world 250 cc endurance champion, the apprentice riders quickly learn their trade. In 2010, they won 9th place in the day/night 1000 cc World Championship in the amateur Superstock category.
Prompted by this magnificent performance, a job creation initiative (PCI) was launched in 2010 to help a dozen young people follow a pathway into a stable and rewarding job.
Igol is particularly proud to partner this valuable and innovative cross-over between the worlds of sport and employment.
Viltaïs Racing Division has found a perfect solution which lets the young people’s commitment to their job deliver sporting excellence.
Team LMD 63
The 63 adventure began in 2013 as a joint venture set up by three sports fanatics:
Renaud Lavillenie, olympic champion and the current world record holder for the pole vault;
Stéphane Mézard, founder of Team AZ Motos in 2012;
and finally David Dumain, editor-in-chief of the famous French biking magazine, Moto Journal.
These three men’s initials were used to rename the LMD 63 team in 2015.
Switching from Suzuki to Yamaha, LMD has tweaked its personnel to ensure that it can compete at the highest levels in the Superstock category: Loïc Napoléone, Stéphane Kokès, Stéphane Coutelle, Bernard Cuzin, Stéphane Mézard, Renaud Lavillenie, David Dumain, Axel Aynie, Jaroslav Cerny, Luca Marconi, Erwan Quellet, Jules Cluzel, David Perret, Lucas de Carolis…
Driven by a passion for endurance racing, these riders have risen to the various challenges and difficulties inherent to the Bol d’Or and the Le Mans 24 heure Motos®. In this endeavour, this impressive squad are superbly supported by teams of mechanics, refuellers, time keepers, cooks, chauffeurs, supporters, friends & family, etc.
In short, all those who believe in LMD and who do everything they can to deliver success for the team.
Igol is proud to support this close-knit team whose four-cylinder R1 engines provide the ultimate soundtrack for endurance racing.