Moto Ain was seventh past the finish line at the 24 Heures Motos, and also stood on the second step of the Superstock podium. Roberto Rolfo, Alexis Masbou and Christoffer Bergman carried off the Dunlop Independent Trophy ahead of Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, the trophy winner at the Bol d’Or, and Team R2CL.
F.C.C. TSR Honda France has won the 24 Heures Motos and made history into the bargain. This is the first time a Japanese team has made it to the top step of the podium at Le Mans, finishing ahead of British squad Honda Endurance Racing and BMW-mounted German team Wepol Racing by Penz13.
A fast and consistent performance enabled 9 of the teams in the Superstock class to feature in the Top 20 by midday at the 24 Heures Motos. With 3 hours to go for the finish, 3ART Moto Team 95 and Moto Ain are sparring for the win in the category.
As of 11pm, GMT94 Yamaha still has a one-lap lead over F.C.C. TSR Honda France and is two laps ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team. The Yamaha squad has already gained an advantage with the 10 extra points awarded to the team in the lead 8 hours into the race.
The winner of the ‘Yamaha – 24 Heures Moto’ contest launched by French sports daily L’Equipe was handed the keys to his Yamaha R1 on the Bugatti circuit just before the start of the 41st edition of the Le Mans race.
Some incidents affecting the favourites have opened up a possibility for the challengers to give a podium spot a try. Six hours into the race, the Top 10 features Mercury Racing, Bolliger Team Switzerland, Maco Racing Team and Wepol Racing by Penz13.
After waging battle for nearly three hours at the 24 Heures Motos, GMT94 Yamaha and YART Yamaha are engaged in a suspenseful duel in the lead, ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and Tecmas BMW. Some of the other favourites experienced a rocky start.
There’s been a last-minute shake-up on the starting grid of the 24 Heures Motos. With Takuya Fujita withdrawing (to be replaced by Max Neukirchner), YART Yamaha has moved into pole position for the start of the 41st edition of the race at Le Mans, ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki and NRT48.