How do you win an endurance race? Taking over several hours. How do you win an Endurance World Cup? By building over several years. In praise of perseverance, discipline smiles on those who have fallen from the motorcycle to better recover from it, to those who have broken it to better repair it. In short, to the resilient people of the bike, for whom there is no such thing as everything, who have the audacity to believe in it, even when the lights are red.
“There is not a single race that I regret having done, even when things were not going so well. Each more meeting, it was one more experience ”, formula Romain Mangé, team manager of BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers, winner Sunday of the Endurance World Cup, Superstock category. “The hardest part is keeping a team motivated. »The stake was well worth the candle, now that the Kawasaki # 24 reached, carried by its history, peaks of sporting performance.
BMRT and 3D Endurance, side by side in 2013, united in 2014
In 2013, the year of its creation, BMRT was not yet BMRT 3D. “The structure existed so that I could ride and have fun. But I was not a great driver, and I never claimed to be one, ”says Nevers-native Romain Mangé, seventeenth in the Bol d’Or 2013. Already in the Superstock category, but not still in the first places.
The same year, 3D Endurance, another Nivernais team, based in Sainte-Parize-le-Châtel, was having a complicated season (motorcycle smashed, financial reserves exhausted). Only one year after his victory at the Bol d’Or at Magny-Cours.
The 3D Endurance Kawasaki 24, pampered during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1999. Photo DR
“With Romain, there were already plenty of emotional connections”, adds “Manu”. “His father was my boss, at the Sodemo company (specialized in the preparation of racing engines and based in Magny-Cours, Editor’s note). And it was his dad who allowed me to create 3D Endurance in good conditions. The handover was natural, ”explains Emmanuel Labussière. “And today, we can say that he did well”, smiles Romain Mangé, whom Manu knew as a toddler.
When Romain took over, he shifted to a different pace. He put the accent on the sportsman by giving himself the means to attract very good pilots.
Emmanuel Labussiere (co-founder of 3D Endurance in 1998)
Officially born in 2014, BMRT 3D Endurance, which later became BMRT 3D Maxesss Nevers, took root in 1998, when 3D Endurance was created. “Our pride was the hack, the mechanics,” remembers Emmanuel Labussière, long more focused on preparation than on competition. “When Romain took over, he shifted to a different pace. He put the accent on the sportsman by giving himself the means to attract very good pilots. With the victory over the Bol, we had gained credibility. But we weren’t attractive before. “
The mechanical requirement in the genes
“Manu” had set up his workshop at home (“Fortunately I had room”), “before a transfer to Maxxess Nevers. Everything was more practical afterwards, Romain Mangé’s store brought real punching power, ”emphasizes Emmanuel Labussière, consultant of choice during the early years of BMRT 3D Endurance. “I was a bit boring when it came to mechanics, because that’s my thing. But today, when I see the level of requirement of the team, I find some well-known genes “, smiles Emmanuel Labussière, who has gradually taken a step back,” to leave Romain in complete autonomy. When we were a little exhausted, he arrived to put all his energy into it. “
Romain Mangé (second from the left), surrounded by his pilots, Anthony Loiseau, Jonathan Hardt and Julien Pilot, during the 2021 Bol d’or podium, Sunday, September 19, on the Castellet circuit. Photo J’MC Photos
So if there is one that the coronation of BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers has moved, it is Manu. “It made me a big, big something. I had a hard time making a cut during the night. In my mind, this is the continuity of 3D Endurance. Besides, the “3D” is still in the name. It is a marker of history. And this attachment is also reflected in all the phone calls from alumni who have called me, sometimes even early elders, happy for this world title in Superstock. “
Once upon a time … number 24
By becoming BMRT 3D Endurance, BMRT inherited the coveted number of 3D Endurance: the 24, recovered after having driven with the number 58. “In 1998, the pilot Lionel Robert had offered to be our team manager”, recalls Emmanuel. Labussiere. “He had good relations with the ACO (Automobile club de l’Ouest)”, organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “The 24th, it refers to the 24 Hours, the pinnacle of endurance. It’s a strong brand. And in cartoons eight out of ten times the car or motorcycle has the number 24 (to smile). »