An update on the challengers
Besides the teams which are at the centre of the stage, many others are doing well in the 24 Heures Motos.
AM Moto Racing Competition remained in the top fifteen throughout the race. Anthony Loiseau, Alexandre Ayer and Robin Camus were delayed by a short pit stop for a broken selector screw while they were battling amongst the leaders in Superstocks. They are ninth in the standings and fourth in Superstocks early in the afternoon.
Two English teams are taking part in the FIM EWC this season, Prime Factor Racing on BMW in the Superstock class will score its first point in its maiden appearance in the championship.
Jackson Racing and its Tourist Trophy riders were less successful. Their adventure ended with an engine failure shortly before 1 am when they had already fallen early in the race and were relegated in the lower half of the standings.
The Team April Moto Motor Events managed a great comeback in the standings after an issue with a cutting engine had held them in the pits in the beginning of the race, before detecting a broken shifter on their Suzuki. 52nd at the end of the first hour on Saturday, they are 10th half an hour before the finish. “It’s a strange race with very tight lap times even towards the end,” said team manager Hervé Moineau. “We put a little pressure on our competitors and we can say that we are doing a fast kind of Endurance. ”