Many French riders have seen their careers launched thanks to the national championship. Let’s mention Sylvain Guintoli, Randy de Puniet, Arnaud Vincent, Jules Cluzel, Christian Sarron or Lucas Mahias, French champion in 2014, then World Supersport champion in 2016 and 2017.
Since 2019, the FFM and Yamaha France have decided to join forces with the GMT94 team and all its partners to offer the leader of the French Supersport Championship a wild card at the Magny-Cours World Superbike Championship.
The result of this project is now clear for every specialists… The FSBK has the largest number of participants in the world in the Supersport category.
Motivated by this award, Valentin Debise entered the championship alongside many other national title contenders. This Sunday he obtained his wild card ticket. With nine victories out of ten races, the rider from Albi has set a strong pace since the beginning of the season.
Young riders under 18 years old have even been able to seriously fight with him. Ludovic Cauchi became the youngest winner of an FSBK Supersport race (17 years old). Tom Berçot, even younger, broke the record of precocity on a French Supersport podium.
Valentin will be back with the GMT94 team on July 15th at the Carole circuit for a test session on Federico Caricasulo’s Yamaha R6.
The French round of the WorldSSP will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of September. Valentin will have the same machine as his two team-mates, as well as a 100% GMT94 technical team.
Christophe GUYOT: “Beyond my attachment to the national championship, this is a project to help and motivate young people. Rewarding the most deserving riders is the basis of the project. To engage a partnership with the FFM and Yamaha to place talent and performance in front of everything else, is a project I love. Thank you to our partners, to the FFM and to Yamaha for helping us without any marketing ambition, without any other criterion than performance, without any other challenge than to reward the best.”
Rémi GUYOT: “With a rider like Valentin in the championship, the French riders improved a lot this year. It’s clear that the level has increased in the French Supersport Championship. This is a positive sign, in the hope that we will soon have many French riders competing in World Road Races Championships.
The young riders also have the example that at 29, a career is not finished. The future is still ahead of them. They have a reference point and a real source of motivation.”
Also leader in the Superbike category, Valentin can have great ambitions for this wild card. The GMT94 will do everything to help him achieve his goals.
Of course, this project aims to be renewed next year. The FSBK will welcome even more riders, so that everyone can have fun, ambition and the desire to win around an emulation similar to what we have seen during this 2021 season.