Wójcik Racing Team got both its bikes to the finish of an FIM Endurance World Championship-counting 24 Heures Motos described as “extreme” by Team Manager Sławomir Kubzdyl.
Christoffer Bergman, Mathieu Gines and Isaac Viñales were comfortably inside the top 10 on the #77 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha until a crash on Sunday morning ruled out Swede Bergmann and left Gines and Viñales to ensure a 12th-place overall finish and 10th in Formula EWC.
The #777 Yamaha ridden by Kamil Krzemień, Kevin Manfredi and Dan Linfoot – a late stand-in for the injured Danny Webb – was forced into catch-up mode after Manfredi crashed leaving the starting grid. Their impressive charge through the order brought them back up to fifth in the Dunlop Superstock Trophy category before they lost one hour during a fall in the tricky conditions of Sunday morning.
But following a heroic effort from the Wójcik Racing Team mechanics to rebuild the bike allowed the #777 riders to return to action and finish 20th overall and ninth in the FIM Endurance World Cup-counting Superstock division.
With both PKN ORLEN-supported squads scoring points in their respective categories, #77 is ninth in the Formula EWC ranking with #777 sixth in Superstock.
“It was an extreme weekend,” said Team Manager Sławomir Kubzdyl. “Le Mans really reminded us why it’s the most difficult motorcycle race in the world. We haven’t seen so much drama across the entire FIM EWC field in a very long time, but both of our crews have shown a really good pace and determination. Team 777 had class-winning potential, but we’ve lost a lot of time after two seemingly small crashes. After the second one it looked like it was game over for us as the bike was very damaged, but our mechanics did an absolutely amazing job to bring it back to life, so a massive thanks to the entire crew.”