Team Kawasaki SRC
Backed by his long-standing experience gained with the Kawasaki France (TKF) team, winner of numerous Endurance races in the 1990s and 2000s, Gilles Stafler created his own structure in 2009. Headquartered in the Var region of France, the team SRC has become the spearhead for the Kawasaki factory in Endurance races, but also in the French Superbike and Supersport championships.
From the outset, the Team Kawasaki SRC reaped in success after success. Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, winner of the Bol d'Or in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Gilles Stafler's racing stable has also won several titles as France Supersport and Superbike champion with Julien Da Costa and Gregory Leblanc. This year, the SRC team is placing its trust in Randy de Puniet, Fabien Foret and Mathieu Gines to try to win at Le Mans and the Bol d'Or.
Randy de Puniet
Date of birth: 14 February 1981
Place of birth: Maisons-Laffitte, France
At 36 years old, Randy de Puniet has lost nothing of his passion for motorcycle racing. After a first positive experience that ended with a place on the podium at the finish of the 2016 Bol d'Or, the Parisian decided to extend his collaboration with the Team Kawasaki SRC to take part in the two 24-hour events of the World Endurance Championship. For a long time, Randy was the leader of French riders in the Grands Prix.
After joining the world championships in 1999 in the 125 cc category, he made his mark in the 250 cc category by chalking up five wins and climbing to third place in the overall standings in 2004. In 2006, De Puniet moved up to the MotoGP class with the Kawasaki factory team. Making it to the podium in Japan in 2007, he then flew the flag for LCR Honda for three years before extending his career with Ducati then the ART of the Aspar team. He then raced in the Superbike championship while taking part in the development of the new Suzuki MotoGP. No doubt his immense experience will once again be very useful this year to Gilles Stafler's team.
2016: 2nd in the Bol d'Or
2014: raced in the Superbike championship and took part in the development of the Suzuki MotoGP
2013: last season in MotoGP with the Aspar team
2010: 9th in the MotoGP World Championship
2006: starts in MotoGP with Kawasaki
2004: 3rd in the 250 cc World Championship
2003: wins his first Grands Prix in the 250 cc category
1999: starts in 125 cc Grands Prix
1997: French 125 cc Champion
Date of birth: 29 January 1973
Place of birth: Angoulême, France
Despite arriving late in motorcycle racing, Fabien Foret is now one of the most experienced French riders on the World Endurance Championship line-up. At 43 years old, the Kawasaki rider has seen it all, or almost all. French 125 cc Promosport Champion in 1995, he quickly moved onto four-stroke bikes. In France, and then very quickly in the World Championship. While competing for the main events of the World Endurance Championship, Fabien very quickly became one of the main contenders in the Supersport world championship, a discipline in which he was crowned world champion in 2003. At the end of the 2013 season, after a third place overall, the Kawasaki rider decided to turn his back on speed racing to dedicate himself exclusively to the Endurance championship with the SRC team.
2016: 5th in the World Endurance Championship
2015: Winner of the Bol d'Or
2014: Winner of the Bol d'Or
2013: Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 3rd in the Supersport World Championship
2007: 3rd in the Supersport World Championship
2006: Took part in the Superbike World Championship
2002: Supersport World Champion
2001: 2nd in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2nd in the Bol d'Or, 8th in the Supersport World Championship
2000: Winner of the Bol d'Or, winner of the 24 Hours of Spa
1995: French 125 Promosport Champion
Team Kawasaki SRC
Date of birth: 20 November 1988
Place of birth: Ploemeur, France
Matthieu Gines was not yet fifteen when he took part in his first French 125 cc championship. Two years later, he won the national title and raced in a series of Grand Prix in the 250 cc category. An unfortunately premature start that lead nowhere... In 2006, Mathieu changed disciplines and moved onto the 600 cc category. He also started to race in the Endurance championship. In 2009, he was the French 600 cc Supersport champion. That year, he was also noticed by making it to the podium at the event in the world championship organized at Magny-Cours. In 2011, Mathieu Gines was crowned Endurance World Champion in the Stock category. The Brittany-born rider pursued his career in this discipline while taking part in the French Superbike and Supersport championships. Endurance World Champion in 2014, he was crowned champion of Germany in the Superstock 1000 Cup the following season. Last year, Matthieu shone once again in Germany while taking part in the World Endurance championship.
2016: 3rd in the German Superbike 1000 Championship
2015: Vice-Champion in the Endurance World Cup, German Superstock 1000 Champion
2014: Endurance World Champion
2013: French Supersport Champion
2011: Superstock Endurance World Champion
2009: French Supersport Champion
2007: First Bol d'Or
2005: French 125 cc Open Champion
2003: 6th in the French 125 cc Open championship