CLASH OF THE TITANS

2015-08-22T00:00:00+02:00August 22nd, 2015|8 Hours of Oschersleben 2015|

Five hours in, the SERT and GMT94 team are still head to head in the Oschersleben 8 Hours. What a thrilling race!

The riders are lapping the same times, at a blistering pace – 1.27 to 1.28 – and both teams have made abbreviated pit stops, with SERT exiting three to four seconds before GMT94. At this stage of the race, it’s hard to predict who’ll come out the winner at the end of the 8 hours if neither team runs into any problems.

The Monster Energy Yamaha YART team is racing steadily one lap behind the leaders, with BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com a whisker behind in an equally gripping duel.

While SRC Kawasaki confirmed it was retiring because of a broken valve, Honda Racing managed a fantastic catch-up. Having rejoined the race in 18th place after their fuel tank ran dry, Julien Da Costa, Sébastien Gimbert and Freddy Foray pulled out all the stops to get the factory Honda back up to sixth place before Da Costa took a tumble and was forced to pit. They lost two minutes, and Freddy Foray went back out on circuit in twelfth place.

Team Bolliger Switzerland had been holding on to its enviable fifth place, but got shunted down to 23rd after an engine overheating problem and Horst Saiger’s fall, which brought the safety car out a second time.

The two private teams Maco Racing Team and National Motos are seventh and eighth respectively, behind the factory bikes and two Superstock machines.

The R2CL team, which has taken on local female rider Nina Prinz, is holding steady in 13th place.

The Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki squad are still leading the Superstock class but have climbed one place to fifth, with German team Völpker NRT 48 & Penz13 by Schubert Motors hot on their heels.

The Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences association-led team have had various issues with the bike’s electronics that have demoted them to 24th place.