KAWASAKI SRC WIDENS THE GAP
Team Kawasaki SRC widened the gap all night long in icy temperatures at the 24 Heures Motos, establishing a comfortable 8-lap lead by 7am. Behind the leading Kawasaki, the duel waged for more than an hour by F.C.C. TSR Honda and Bolliger Switzerland has tipped in favour of the Swiss private team riding Kawasaki.
Two other teams waged battle throughout the night to remain in the top 5: April Moto Motors Events and R2CL, both riding Suzuki. The first Superstocks are in 6th position on. The distances separating them are minimal: Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers on Kawasaki, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors on BMW and Team 3ART Yam’Avenue, which started from 50th on the grid, keep switching positions as each one stops for refuelling. Kawasaki AM Moto Racing Compétition is lapping not far behind, closely followed by the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, which climbed back up overnight from the depths of the standings after its two early crashes. Other Superstock changes of note: Tati Team Beaujolais Racing and Racing Team Sarazin are in the Top 15, and Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki has dropped back following an engine problem.
Suzuki Endurance Racing was not the only team to bite the dust at this edition of the 24 Heures Motos. After a lengthy whack at the battle for the podium, Honda Endurance Racing got slowed down by electrical issues, and was 33rd at 7am. YART Yamaha is still struggling to climb back up but, with only two riders to finish the race, Broc Parkes and Max Neurkirchner, is lagging at 20th. A few teams have retired. Penz13.com BMW Motorrad gave up in the course of the evening due to engine problems. After several crashes, the GMT94 Yamaha has also thrown in the towel, as has Jackson Racing. Team Louit Moto 33 Traqueur was forced to retire because of a problem with the electrics.
Kawasaki SRC, in the lead at the 8-hour and 16-hour mark, has already pocketed the 20 points attributed for these intermediate rankings.