Five leaders in the early stages

Five leaders in the early stages

16/09/2017 19:32

After a heated start, the Bol d’Or saw five different teams vying for the lead in the first third of the race. F.C.C. TSR Honda France, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, GMT94 Yamaha, Honda Endurance Racing and Team SRC Kawasaki took it in turns to lead.

The start of the race lived up to its promise. Gregory Leblanc got the holeshot for Honda Endurance Racing, but Randy de Puniet aggressively took over the lead despite a warning trail of smoke from the ZX 10R #11 in the warm-up lap. But 17 laps into the race, the SRC Kawasaki returned to the pits for good with a damaged valve and piston. Randy de Puniet did however complete the fastest lap of the race so far: a 1’58.386.

After the withdrawal of the factory Kawasaki, F.C.C. TSR Honda France were in the lead until assaults from Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and GMT94 Yamaha forced them back.

YART Yamaha was also part of the front-end pack, but Kohta Nozane’s crash made the Yamaha #7 drop back to more than three laps behind the leaders. With Nozane having suffered an injury, Broc Parkes and Marvin Fritz are continuing the race as a two-man team.

The best Superstocks (Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers and Team 33 Accessoires Louit Moto) are lapping in the top 10.

Ecurie Chrono Sport has dropped back after running out of fuel.

Results after 3 h of race

Italian team No Limits Motor Team has strengthened its rider line-up to take another shot at the Superstock podium. Michael Mazzina, Luca Scassa and Christian Gamarino will be riding the Suzuki #44.

The Endurance world championship is spreading its wings in Italy. FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events has just signed a broadcast rights agreement with and AutomotoTV.

Last season’s FIM EWC Superstock World Cup winner Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences will be fielding a new team at the 24 Heures Motos.

Moto Ain CRT has put together a strong rider line-up to go after the 2017 FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. Roberto Rolfo, a former 250cc GP runner-up, will shore up Alexis Masbou and Christoffer Bergman on the Yamaha #96.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France is hard at work preparing for the 24 Heures Motos. The Japanese team completed a test on the Okayama circuit, and used the opportunity to show off the new livery of the Honda CBR 1000 RR 2018.

Yamaha Factory has presented its 2018 teams. While GMT94 Yamaha will continue the season with the squad that won the Bol d’Or, YART Yamaha has announced a fresh rider line-up starting from the 24 Heures Motos.