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59 teams on the track at the Bol d’Or

59 teams on the track at the Bol d’Or

13/09/2017 21:53

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.

The 81st edition of the Bol d’Or will see 59 teams on the track. This opening 24-hour race will be the first face-off between reigning world champion GMT94 Yamaha and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, back in the fray with the new GSX-R 1000. But they will have to reckon with YART Yamaha, second runner-up of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC after turning in a strong performance towards the end of the season. Two Honda squads – F.C.C. TSR Honda France and Honda Endurance Racing – are also serious contenders for the Formula EWC win.

Team SRC remains the top-billed Kawasaki, but the new-look Bolliger Team Switzerland is also in with a chance. Five teams will be flying the BMW flag, among them Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC, which has moved up into Formula EWC and will have to battle tough rivals like Team Tecmas and Wepol BMW by Penz13.
The Bol d’Or will see new teams competing in the FIM EWC championship from start to finish.

In the Superstock category, Moto Ain CRT will launch into a renewed struggle with Tati Team Beaujolais Racing and AM Moto Racing Compétition, while Junior Team LMS Suzuki will also be vying for a win. Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, winner of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC World Cup, will be racing one last time in the Superstock class before moving up into Formula EWC at the 24 Heures Motos in April. The new entries in this class too will be looking for their place in the sun.

Provisional list of teams competing in the Bol d’Or 

Moulins, in Central France, is the stomping ground of Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences. This Saturday, the town celebrated the triumph of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC World Cup winner.

Women racers

22/09/2017 18:36 - 2017-2018, Bol d'Or

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Racing the Bol d’Or as a two-man team on a current-day bike is quite a challenge. But when their 3rd rider withdrew after qualifying, National Motos decided to go ahead anyway with just Emeric Jonchière and Stéphane Egéa.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.