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National Motos awarded Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy

National Motos awarded Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy

20/09/2017 10:41

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.

In 26th spot on the grid after qualifying, Emeric Jonchière and Stéphane Egéa never gave up. Right from his first stint, Stéphane Egéa took Honda National Motos into the Top 20.

It was a hard slog for Stéphane, Emeric and the entire crew of this team run by a Paris region Honda dealership, but it paid off in the end. National Motos had climbed into the Top 10 by the end of the night. That was an exploit in itself.

On the Sunday morning the riders were holding up, but the machine had begun to show signs of fatigue. National Motos had no choice but to slow the pace. Even so, they managed to cross the finish line in 27th place.

Stéphane Egéa and Emeric Jonchière received the Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy from François Ribeiro, promoter of the FIM EWC: a tribute to the determination of the entire team.

Created by Pipo Baldit, National Motos – an Endurance competitor since 1971 – is a stalwart of the 24-hour races. When Pipo passed away in late 2012, his son Stéphane and the National Motos took up the challenge the team’s creator had set: entering the fray and battling the factory-backed teams for the win.

Private team National Motos has an impressive track record. The squad picked up its first podium spots in 1992, finishing 3rd at both the 24 Heures and the Bol d’Or that year with riders Guy Bertin, Adrien Morillas and Arnaud de Puniet (Randy’s father). Honda National Motos was crowned with glory at the 2006 edition of the 24 Heures Motos, when Frédéric Protat, Olivier Four and Dani Ribalta won the race.

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.

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.

21 hours into the race at the Bol d’Or, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing is battling for the Superstock win. The French Kawasaki-mounted team is currently in 5th place, dominating the Superstock class.