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A record-breaking edition

A record-breaking edition

16/04/2017 11:35

The 24 Heures Motos 2017 is turning out to be the edition that smashes all previous records, including distance and lap time.

Randy de Puniet got the ball rolling by smashing the lap time record on Saturday afternoon. The Team SRC Kawasaki rider completed a 1’36.408 lap, breaking the 1’36.722 record set by his teammate Fabien Foret in 2013. With just under four hours of the race to go, there’s still time for an even faster lap to be posted.

The distance record also looks set to be broken. 679 laps have been completed 19 hours into the race, compared to the previous record of 668 laps in 2010.

The record for the smallest gap between the two bikes in the lead is also likely to be shattered. The closest finish dates to 2005, when Yamaha GMT and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team crossed the finish line within 20.459 of each other. Four hours from the race finish, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and GMT94 Yamaha were a mere 7 seconds apart!

Assuming the rankings don’t change from here to the finish, we’ll also be cheering Yamaha’s return to the top step of the podium. Yamaha’s last win dates to 2009.

Italian team No Limits Motor Team has strengthened its rider line-up to take another shot at the Superstock podium. Michael Mazzina, Luca Scassa and Christian Gamarino will be riding the Suzuki #44.

The Endurance world championship is spreading its wings in Italy. FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events has just signed a broadcast rights agreement with Corsedimoto.com and AutomotoTV.

Last season’s FIM EWC Superstock World Cup winner Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences will be fielding a new team at the 24 Heures Motos.

Moto Ain CRT has put together a strong rider line-up to go after the 2017 FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. Roberto Rolfo, a former 250cc GP runner-up, will shore up Alexis Masbou and Christoffer Bergman on the Yamaha #96.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France is hard at work preparing for the 24 Heures Motos. The Japanese team completed a test on the Okayama circuit, and used the opportunity to show off the new livery of the Honda CBR 1000 RR 2018.

Yamaha Factory has presented its 2018 teams. While GMT94 Yamaha will continue the season with the squad that won the Bol d’Or, YART Yamaha has announced a fresh rider line-up starting from the 24 Heures Motos.