Big boost: VRD Igol Experiences recruits former champion Nigon for EWC
* A Frenchman joins Alt and Odendaal in the privateer team powered by Yamaha
* Nigon’s solid track record includes a double at the 24 Heures Motos
* A team based in France relies on the mixture of youth and experience in the EEC
VRD Igol Experiences has recruited Erwan Nigon, winner of the 2019 FIM World Endurance Championship, to strengthen his candidacy for EWC glory.
The French team placed fourth in last year’s EWC team standings after taking second place ahead of the season finale.
But he’s aiming even higher in 2022 with seasoned Nigon joining existing team members German Florian Alt as well as new South African recruit Steven Odendaal to form a powerful squad on the equipped Yamaha YZF-R1. by Dunlop # 333.
“The VRD Igol Experiences team is constantly evolving and in recent years I have fought against it several times”, declared Nigon, who rode for rival Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar at the EWC last season. “I was then able to gauge his performances and his great ambitions. It is also a team that knows how to unite and promote team spirit. Its operation is quite atypical. The team is very well structured, a bit like a rugby team, where privileged links are forged between all the members of the team, based on sharing and mutual aid. These values are very important.
Nigon, 38, continues: “In endurance racing, it’s not a runner who wins but a team. It also made me curious and motivated. Joining this team will give new impetus to my career. And it’s an Auvergne team, like me. I can’t wait to ride the Yamaha, which is the most versatile machine on the grid, and of course to meet my partners. I am delighted to team up with them but also flattered to share the handlebars with Steven Odendaal. The arrival of the 2021 Supersport vice-world champion in Endurance can only boost our discipline.
Yannick Lucot, VRD Igol Experiences Team Manager, said: “We have a good team of speed and experience with the hope of finishing in the top five as the best private rider. But with three 24 hour races on the calendar, we have to aim even higher.
Pedigree Nigon a big boost for 333
Double winner of the 24 Heures Motos, Erwan Nigon began his international career in the European 250 Championship in 1999 before moving on to the 250cc Grand Prix. In addition to winning the French Superbike crown in 2010 and the German IDM Superbike crown in 2012, Nigon has a strong track record in endurance racing dating back to 2006.