24 Heures Motos - 07-10/04/2016

Bugatti circuit – Le Mans – France

The ACO organised its first bike race in September 1912, well before the birth of the Bugatti circuit which was inaugurated in September 1966 with an initial track of 4.422 km. The first Endurance bike race, “The 1000 km”, was contested on the Bugatti circuit in September 1969. The Bugatti track has been modified over the seasons. The current track of 4.185 km has been in use since 2008.

Few circuits in the world can boast of having hosted so many forms of competitions up to the highest level: Formula 1, Grand Prix Motorbikes, F 3000, Formula 2, Formula 3, Endurance motorbikes for the Bol d’Or and the 24 Heures Motos, 1000 km Motorbikes, 24 hours Trucks, Kart 250, 24 hours on foot, on bicycle, on roller skates and in dragsters as well as all the car and bicycle promotion events.

Landmark dates for the Bugatti circuit

  • 17 September 1966: Official inauguration of the Bugatti Circuit
  • 2 July 1967: first French F1 Grand Prix.
  • 7 September 1969: organisation of “1000 km”, 1st motorcycle Endurance test.
  • 22 and 23 April 1978 1st edition of the 24 Heures Motos
  • Since 2000: The Motorbikes Grand Prix of France contested each year at Le Mans
  • Since 2008: last configuration of the Bugatti circuit (4.185 km)
Information on the circuit
Length of the circuit: 4.185 km
Duration of the race: 24 Hours
Records for an Endurance lap
In the race
1' 37.722  - Kawasaki SRC (Kawasaki ZX-10R) - Fabien Foret in 2013

In qualifications
1' 36.578 - Monster Energy Yamaha YART (Yamaha R1) - Sheridan Morais in 2015
Winner 2015
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Suzuki GSX-R 1000): Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Etienne Masson. 833 laps.