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GMT Yamaha, the strongest contender for the 16-hour bonus points, hit the mark, scooping the 10 points ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and Honda Endurance Racing.

GMT94 Yamaha has picked up the first 10 points to be awarded at the Bol d’Or, the opening round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The official French Yamaha team was leading the standings 8 hours into the race, ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.

GMT94 Yamaha has picked up the first 10 points to be awarded at the Bol d’Or, the opening round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The official French Yamaha team was leading the standings 8 hours into the race, ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.

In a 24-hour race, a team is made up of three riders. At the Bol d’Or, some teams are racing as a duo out of choice or necessity.

After a heated start, the Bol d’Or saw five different teams vying for the lead in the first third of the race. F.C.C. TSR Honda France, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, GMT94 Yamaha, Honda Endurance Racing and Team SRC Kawasaki took it in turns to lead.

After a heated start, the Bol d’Or saw five different teams vying for the lead in the first third of the race. F.C.C. TSR Honda France, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, GMT94 Yamaha, Honda Endurance Racing and Team SRC Kawasaki took it in turns to lead.

Team SRC Kawasaki kept the pressure on its rivals at this morning’s warm-up at the Bol d’Or by completing the fastest lap a shade quicker than Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.

On the eve of the Bol d’Or, Honda France has announced a partnership with Japanese team F.C.C. TSR, three-time Suzuka 8 Hours winner, which has signed up since last season to race the entire FIM EWC.

Team SRC Kawasaki will start from pole position tomorrow (Saturday) at the Bol d’Or, ahead of YART Yamaha and F.C.C. TSR Honda France. The race – the opening round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC – will be flagged off at 3pm on the Paul Ricard circuit.

The Bol d’Or will kick off the 2017/2018 season of the FIM EWC. This year marks the 81st edition of the 24-hour race, to be flagged off on the Paul Ricard circuit in Castellet at 3pm on Saturday 16 September. Viewers can watch live coverage of the opening round of the endurance world championship on Eurosport.

The Bol d’Or will kick off the 2017/2018 season of the FIM EWC. This year marks the 81st edition of the 24-hour race, to be flagged off on the Paul Ricard circuit in Castellet at 3pm on Saturday 16 September. Viewers can watch live coverage of the opening round of the endurance world championship on Eurosport.

Team SRC Kawasaki surged into the lead at the Bol d’Or to take provisional pole, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and YART Yamaha.

The factory teams were neck and neck as free practice set the ball rolling at the 81st Bol d’Or, the first round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC.

The first official free practice session of the Bol d’Or, the opening round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC, gets underway at 9.30am tomorrow (Thursday) on Castellet’s Paul Ricard circuit.

This season, 33 teams will be competing from start to finish in the 2017-2018 FIM EWC championship. The line-up of teams under contract in the Formula EWC and Superstock classes notably features five factory squads, with backing from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki, and nineteen private teams from around the world. Their first face-off on the track will take place on 16 and 17 September, at the Bol d’Or on the Paul Ricard circuit.

This season, 33 teams will be competing from start to finish in the 2017-2018 FIM EWC championship. The line-up of teams under contract in the Formula EWC and Superstock classes notably features five factory squads, with backing from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki, and nineteen private teams from around the world. Their first face-off on the track will take place on 16 and 17 September, at the Bol d’Or on the Paul Ricard circuit.