Racer and owner of the French Sigma MBR team, Yohann Suard, says his goals for the 2011 race season are simple - to be happy, to win a race or two, even though he understands that will be difficult, and to continue to surround himself with people that share his passion.
In 2010, the team's first year on the France Promosport 600 circuit, they managed to finish all seven races, with a season high seventh place coming at 24 hours of Le Mans.
Team Sigma MBR competes on Kawasaki ZX6R's, and for 2011 they will be sponsored by K&N.
Team Sigma is made up of volunteers and racing enthusiasts, the mechanic for example, Aldric Mercier, has a day-job working in commercial heating. Suard says that most importantly the team is highly motivated, as they all share the same passion for racing and all share a prevailing sense of good humor. Winning is of course paramount, but it needn't happen without having fun, according to how Suard sees it.
Including Suard, team Sigma consists of three racers riding Kawasaki ZX6R's, the other two riders are Erwan Quellet and Michel Noel. As a team they compete in the Championship of France Promosport 600, a series which includes seven races. In 2010, the team's first official full season of competition, they crossed the finish line in all seven races, with their best finish being a very respectable seventh place at the 24 hours of Le Mans.
About Le Mans Suard says, "It's nearly mystical. Its 24 hours of racing at breakneck pace. And it requires detailed race strategy, precise teamwork, intense mental and physical preparation, as well as technical mastery, to be successful."
More than ten nations, including the official teams of the largest manufacturers, show up for their shot at mastering the endurance race benchmark, and to perhaps claim the coveted trophy, for team Sigma to make that kind of showing is therefore rather significant.
Suard says he has had a love for motorcycles for as far back as he can remember, and he started riding when he was 14. Making team Sigma a real contender is the beginnings of a dream come true for him, the other part of that dream now is winning.
"In 2010, I found the atmosphere in the circuit paddock and with our team exhilarating, I want more," said Suard. "There are people like Erwan Quellet who is really great with winning, and others like Michel Noel who finds pleasure in competing, and I'm a little of both, so that atmosphere of passion will be revived this season."
Suard says he bought a K&N air filter in 2001 for his Suzuki SVS650, "And today it is still on the bike and it still works just as well. K&N is a guarantee of quality and I like that." Which is why when Suard went looking for sponsorship he immediately contacted K&N first.
"With my team I am surrounded by friends and racers that share my passion for the sport. We are all focused on being organized, reducing costs and together building a structure that approximates a professional team, even if it remains on amateur status because of a lack of budget."
Team Sigma MBR kicks off their season in the beginning of April in the south of France on the Nogaro circuit.
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