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Hats off to the champions!

Hats off to the champions!

08/08/2017 10:00

Hats off to GMT94 Yamaha, winner of the 2016-2017 FIM endurance world championship after the grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours – the concluding race of a hotly fought season.

GMT94 Yamaha has once again engraved its name on the roll call of FIM EWC winners. The French team managed by Christophe Guyot had won the world title on two previous occasions, in 2004 and 2014. Their third FIM EWC title is a fitting reward for racing a brilliant season. Riders David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio picked up three wins, at the 24 Heures Motos, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben and the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring. An 11th-place finish at the grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, placed the GMT94 Yamaha squad ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and won them the coveted title of 2016-2017 FIM EWC world champion. David Checa and Niccolò Canepa, who also steered GMT94 Yamaha to a 9th-place finish at the Bol d’Or, were jointly declared 2016-2017 FIM EWC world champions. Mike Di Meglio, who joined the team at the 24 Heures Motos, picked up 3rd place in the riders’ championship.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team had led the standings throughout the season after winning the Bol d’Or 2016, but by the time they got to Suzuka, they had a lead of only one point over GMT94 Yamaha. The French factory Suzuki team – 15-time FIM EWC world champions – dropped out of the running for yet another world title when Sodo Hamahara crashed out. This caused the Suzuki #1 to drop back to beyond 30th place, and then a safety car intervention partially stymied Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and their Japanese teammate’s efforts to climb back up. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team finished 18th at Suzuka. The squad and two of its riders, Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson, were crowned vice-champions of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC team and rider’s championships respectively.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team finished 5th at the Suzuka 8 Hours and got the 3rd spot of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC. After withdrawing from the Bol d’Or, YART stepped on the podium at the 24 Heures Motos and at Oschersleben. Mandy Kainz’s Austrian factory-backed team (Broc Parkes, Kohta Nozane and Marvin Fritz) went all out to win the world title at Suzuka. But their 5th-place finish wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap separating them from GMT94 Yamaha and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.

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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.