Multiple duels in Germany

2017-05-20T00:00:00+02:00May 20th, 2017|8 Hours of Oschersleben 2017|

The two factory-backed Yamahas are fighting the predicted duel at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben. GMT94 Yamaha and YART Yamaha Official EWC Team surged into the lead, and had been in a neck-to-neck battle for over five hours when a stop-and-go penalty slowed the French Yamaha.

GMT94 Yamaha and YART Yamaha Official EWC Team waged battle for the lead at the Oschersleben race for more than five hours as refuelling stops and rider changes unfurled. David Checa (GMT94 Yamaha) is currently the fastest rider on the track, having posted a 1’26.992 lap. He had upped the pace before the 30-second stop-and-go was inflicted on his team for leaving the headlights on when refuelling. But the penalty only fractionally impacted the ongoing trial of strength between the two factory-backed Yamahas.

Behind them, three teams are competing fiercely for third spot on the podium: Bolliger Team Switzerland (Kawasaki), F.C.C. TSR Honda and Maco Racing Team (Yamaha). A relentless and prolonged battle for the Superstock win also raged in 6th and 7th place between Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC and Moto Ain CRT, which has also just been hit with a 30-second stop-and-go penalty for non-compliance with the refuelling procedure. This could benefit Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, the Superstock that topped qualifying but has since been relegated to the bottom of the standings following a starting grid crash.

Honda Endurance Racing is on the verge of entering the Top 10. A rear wheel sprocket problem marred the British Honda’s superb start in the top 3.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team is climbing back up from the tail end of the standings after a tragic 5th lap. After taking the lead, Vincent Philippe crashed in the very early stages of the race.

And, after scoring a remarkable third place on the starting grid, BMW du Team LRP Poland has withdrawn after Lukas Trautmann’s spectacular crash.