GMT94 Yamaha still going solo

2018-04-22T08:31:01+02:00April 22nd, 2018|2017-2018, 24 Heures Motos 2018|

GMT94 Yamaha continues to steam ahead at the front, with a 5-lap lead over F.C.C. TSR Honda France at daybreak. Honda Endurance Racing made an overnight comeback into the trio in the lead.

As of 7am, having kept the lead for 495 out of the 565 laps covered since the start of the race, David Checa, Mike Di Meglio and Niccolò Canepa are still ruling the roost at 24 Heures Motos. GMT94 Yamaha now has a 5-lap lead over its rivals. F.C.C. TSR Honda France is the only team to have followed in the wake of the factory-backed French Yamaha squad since the beginning. Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Alan Techer slipped into the leading trio two hours into the race.

Another CBR1000RR currently has a tentative spot on the podium. Honda Endurance Racing got delayed by electronics issues early on in the race, but made a comeback during the night thanks to the team’s determined riders Gregory Leblanc, Sébastien Gimbert and Erwan Nigon.

The first of the BMWs – the Wepol Racing by Penz13 bike (Michael Laverty, Christian Iddon and Daniel Webb) is holding on to 4th place, ahead of Bolliger Team Switzerland’s Kawasaki with Roman Stamm, Robin Mulhauser and Sébastien Suchet in the saddle.

The Top 10 at 7am includes the cream of the Superstock teams. 3ART Moto Team 95, Moto Ain and Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki are battling for the win in this category, ahead of Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences. In between them, in 9th place at 7am, Team SRC Kawasaki is doing a second climb back up. After partially catching up following a crash earlier on, the Kawasaki team had radiator problems during the night.

All these teams collected the extra points awarded to the 10 teams in the lead at the 16-hour mark. GMT94 Yamaha, which was already leading the pack at the 8-hour mark, has notched up 20 points before even getting to the finish line.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, among the favourites to win the race, is missing from the Top 10 after a free fall to beyond 30th place after serious brake problems. At 7am, the team were still only 28th.

Two of the big-name teams at the 41st edition of the 24 Heures Motos have been forced to withdraw: YART Yamaha (bike too damaged to continue after a crash) and Tecmas BMW, with a broken engine shortly before 7am.

Ranking after 16 h of race