Sometimes a love story has nothing to do with it. To perceive the genesis of that which unites Antoine Palisson and Amandine Roptin, we should return to an anecdote not essentially very glamorous, however important of their widespread ardour: bikes. Antoine was then a self-employed particular person, a service supplier and an novice racing driver.
From used tire restoration … to a CDI
This biker son, who very early on dabbled in mechanics together with his father, decides to go to Tecmas, the large secure situated close to his dwelling in Bourges (Cher). His intention? Go, with their settlement, rummage in the trash cans to glean their used gums. “It allowed me to recover tires that had been used in the French Superbike championship (a category of motorcycle races, limited to 1,000 cc). For a biker, this is one of the biggest expense items, ”he says.
These exchanges convey him nearer to Michel Augizeau, the boss of the group, who begins by providing him contracts of a couple of days to be able to retype motocross belonging to the military. One factor led to a different, Antoine Palisson, then self-employed chief mechanic in the workshop, rose by the ranks at Tecmas. Until changing into chief mechanic, in CDI from 2018, of the champion group of France in 2017 and 2019. “In the dealership, we do a lot of maintenance and overhauls on different types of motorcycles,” he explains. . For the competitors, we work eight hours a day, all through the 12 months, on the similar machine to be able to search most efficiency. “
I used to be searching for somebody with all the future forward, enterprising and native. Antoine was dedicated, vigorous, attentive, his character appealed to me.
Michel Augizeau (Patron of the Tecmas secure)
In the second department, the discipline of motion is wider. “We do a lot of 3D drawing, we print parts, we do machining, we assemble and dismantle engines, trying to make them take more revs, more revs, it’s very, very sharp”, he explains. “I used to be searching for somebody with all the future in entrance of him, enterprising and from the area, remembers Michel Augizeau. Antoine was dedicated, vigorous, attentive, his character appealed to me. There have been a couple of issues to border, nevertheless it shortly went very nicely. In the race, the outcomes comply with.Antoine Palisson on the Superbike circuits. Photo Stéphane Valembois / SV Agency
In 2019, Mathieu Gines, the Tecmas pilot, was topped French champion forward of the Icaunais Axel Maurin. In Ledenon (Gard), the third racing weekend of the season, Antoine Palisson pushes his rider’s bike into the parc fermé, the space the place the mechanics convey the bike again after the race, and whereas the riders are on the podium. , in order that the marshals can proceed to the technical management.
The first exchanges
The bikes should enter one after the other, the Berrichon then forces the passage to the mechanic of Axel Maurin “to mean” we gained twice: on the observe and in the closed park “”. The mechanic of Team CMS is known as Amandine Roptin. The response is speedy: “The brakes, you give them to me on the circuit, not here”. This is the first time they’ve spoken to one another.
“Between these first chambers, in mid-June, and the time we saw each other again and said that we were enjoying each other, practically the whole season has passed, there was only one race left”, tells the unique Rouennaise. The scenario is not widespread. The two groups are rivals and there is an obligation of confidentiality. “It’s a blow to lose a place,” acknowledges Antoine Palisson.
“At the starting, we hid, however this story appeared essential to me, admits Amandine. After some time, I felt compelled to inform my driver, I virtually made an appointment with him and the group supervisor. They did not give a rattling about me (sic) as a result of they have been roughly conscious. “
A storage open in January
If Amandine Roptin hesitated as a lot earlier than speaking about it, far more than her companion, it is as a result of she was solely a supplier, subsequently a lot much less put in in the neighborhood. “I came back as an umbrella girl at the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” she explains. These are the ladies who’re dressed very quick, very attractive and who maintain the umbrella subsequent to the pilot. I did not know anybody in the enterprise, only a pal who did that and instructed me a group was searching for somebody. They knew I used to be a mechanic. “
“As it was a small novice group, with few sources, they requested me for a serving to hand following a hardship. I helped change an engine in a single day and it impressed quite a bit of individuals. This is how the one who, as a baby, took aside her toys to know how they work, at the similar time falling in love with the bike whereas watching the Grand Prix of Moto GP at her grandparents, started to open the doorways of a medium the place locations are very costly.
As it was a small novice group, with few sources, they requested me for a serving to hand following a trouble. I helped change an engine in a single day and it impressed quite a bit of individuals.
Amandine Roptin (Mechanic)
However, his Superbike journey has simply ended attributable to his relationship with Antoine Palisson. Very shortly, they’d the concept of launching their personal dealership to do common upkeep and to arrange their personal group in competitors. “We already have two motorcycles that we are preparing for road racing and vintage motorcycle racing in the French championship,” explains Antoine Palisson. We’re additionally going to do some enduro championship races. These are environments that we have no idea, subsequently that curiosity us. “
Beyond the price, a lot decrease than in the Superbike class, the entire problem is there: in the discovery. The couple are all the extra enthusiastic as they’re retyping, for racing, previous bikes, machines the place mechanics haven’t utterly given approach to electronics. Another philosophy.
A second job on weekends
If the storage has already opened, in January, at the gates of Bourges, in Saint-Florent-sur-Cher, the competitors half, it is nonetheless at the stage of preparatory work. The first race is scheduled for June 6 in Drevant (Cher). “We already have volunteer technicians, cooks, drivers, trucks, four pilots”, checklist Amandine Roptin. And the couple have not utterly minimize themselves off from the Superbike.
If he not works full time on Tecmas bikes, Antoine Palisson has been requested by Kenny Foray, one of the present riders of the Berruyère group, to proceed the journey collectively. Axel Maurin made the similar proposal to Amandine Roptin. “But, at least in the first year, we can’t afford to close the garage every time we go racing or testing, one of us has to stay available,” she mentioned.On weekends when Antoine Palisson goes on the circuits, Amandine Roptin takes care of the storage alone. Photo Pierrick Delobelle
During the offseason, the couple negotiated with their respective employers. Tecmas, which has an even bigger price range than CMS, made a greater supply: it is subsequently Antoine who continues to comply with his pilot as a service supplier. “The first race weekend took place at the end of March, there was a little frustration, but at the same time I was happy to be alone in the garage,” smiles Amandine. It was one of the first instances I labored there alone. Having saved a job on the facet, I hardly have a presence there throughout the week. There, I spent three days alone like a grown-up, it was good. “With this group, Antoine and Amandine do double weeks of work. With the pleasure of dwelling off their ardour, a ardour that introduced them collectively.