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GMT94 wins race by 21 seconds; SERT wins title by 1 point

GMT94 wins race by 21 seconds; SERT wins title by 1 point

28/08/2016 01:15

GMT94 crossed the finish line of an extraordinary race just ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team – who won the FIM EWC 2016 championship by just one point. Penz13.com BMW Motorrad finished third at the Oschersleben 8 Hours.

Suspense ran high until the very last minute of the race, with the outcome of the duel between GMT94 Yamaha and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team uncertain to the end. There was a mere 21-second gap between the two French teams at the finish. GMT94 Yamaha (David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Lucas Mahias) are celebrating their win at the Oschersleben 8 Hours (their second this season, after Portimão) while Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Etienne Masson) are rejoicing in their new status as FIM EWC world champions – the team’s 15th world title – at the end of a tough season with no wins. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team squeezed past GMT94 Yamaha to top spot in the world standings, with only a one-point lead.

On the third step of the podium after finishing three laps behind the leader, Penz13.com BMW Motorrad is relishing its finest race. Rico Penzkofer’s team scored their first points this season with only two riders, Kenny Foray and Lukas Pesek, in the absence of Mathieu Gines who was injured in the IDM.

Fourth past the finish line, five laps behind GMT94 Yamaha, Honda Endurance Racing ran a fine race, staying in the top 5 throughout – though a brake problem gave Julien da Costa, Sébastien Gimbert and Freddy Foray a scare. Another contender often overshadowed by the factory-backed teams, Maco Racing Team, picked up 5th place at Oschersleben after a fantastic late-stage sprint by Greg Junod, Anthony dos Santos and Marko Jerman.

A win and the World Cup for Team 3Art Yam’Avenue
The top Superstock, Team 3Art Yam’Avenue, was right behind Maco Racing Team. Louis Bulle, Alex Plancassagne and Lukas Trautmann ran a perfect race, and walked off with both the Superstock win at Oschersleben and the 2016 Superstock World Cup.

Behind Lukoil BMW Motorrad CSEU, which placed 7th (the Czech team wrapped up its first FIM EWC season in Germany), a set of Superstocks finished in a tight group: Starteam PAM-Racing, AM Moto Racing Compétition and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, in that order – also the top three of the Dunlop Independent Trophy at Oschersleben.

Team April Moto Motors Events finished 11th, having fallen back from the leading pack due to a crash and an overheating engine. Starting the race at the top of the provisional FIM EWC standings, Team April Moto Motors Events ended up third in the final world standings.

An edge-of-seat finale
The Oschersleben 8 Hours was forecast to be a suspenseful race, and it didn’t disappoint. There was much drama and many upsets for practically the entire 8 hours.

The favourites to win the world title had a tough time of it from the start. Team SRC Kawasaki was the first to fall by the wayside, forced to withdraw with a broken engine after only five laps, though Gregory Leblanc had got off to a good start. Then it was F.C.C. TSR Honda’s turn to retire following a mechanical problem 72 laps into the race.

The favourite in the Superstock class, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors, suffered a crash.

An hour and a half from the finish, one final spectacular upset totally shook up the pecking order. YART Yamaha Official EWC Team had been leading the race from the start with Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Sheridan Morais. But the Austrian Yamaha fell victim to an overheated engine and had to throw in the towel after 192 laps in the lead.

2016 Oschersleben 8 Hours results

All 2016 FIM EWC results

Moulins, in Central France, is the stomping ground of Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences. This Saturday, the town celebrated the triumph of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC World Cup winner.

Women racers

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Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Racing the Bol d’Or as a two-man team on a current-day bike is quite a challenge. But when their 3rd rider withdrew after qualifying, National Motos decided to go ahead anyway with just Emeric Jonchière and Stéphane Egéa.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.