The factory BMW team took the provisional pole position after the first qualifying of the Bol d’Or, which was disrupted by heavy showers. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team were ahead of Yoshimura SERT Motul and Bolliger Team Switzerland.
At the tail end of free practice on the Paul Ricard circuit this morning, Mike di Meglio put F.C.C. TSR Honda France in the lead ahead of Yoshimura SERT Motul and the independent Yamaha-mounted team 3ART Best of Bike.
The French team managed by Patrick Enjolras is among the fastest teams in the 2021 Endurance world championship. They were in the Top 5 in qualifying in the first two races of the season and though they were unlucky both times during the race, Tati Team Beringer Racing have high hopes for the Bol d’Or.
YART–Yamaha Official EWC Team get to Le Castellet with a furious desire to win. Regularly among the front runners, Mandy Kainz’s team – the 2009 FIM EWC champions – have never won the Bol d’Or. They have had a tough start to the season.
Earlier today, the Paul Ricard circuit hosted private tests involving the teams competing in the Bol d’Or. Going by this final session of riding before the official practice sessions which begin on Thursday, the race will be an exciting one. The 84th edition will be flagged off at 3pm CEST on Saturday 18 September.
The Bol d’Or – the third race of the FIM Endurance World Championship – can be watched live around the world. The race will be flagged off at 3pm CEST on Saturday 18 September on the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet.
The Australian rider has been recruited by the Slovakian team for the Bol d’Or and the 2021 FIM EWC final at Most. He joins Français Grégory Leblanc and German rider Marc Moser in the saddle of Maco Racing’s Yamaha.
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team climbed onto the podium at Le Mans and Estoril in 2021. But the factory team created last season are still seeking their first victory in the FIM Endurance World Championship.
The road to the 2021 FIM EWC title is wide open after the first two races of the season. On 18 and 19 September at Le Castellet, the 24-hour Bol d’Or, with 65 points up for grabs, will once again shake up the provisional world standings. The 50 points available to win at the final at Most in October will create further suspense in the fight for the 2021 title.