Riders gritting their teeth and battling on

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

What with two-rider stints and old injuries flaring up, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben is proving to be an uphill battle for some teams.

Team April Motos Motors Events ran into problems right from the administrative control stage. Mathieu Lagrive, who suffered ankle injuries when he crashed during the French championship a fortnight ago, was declared unfit to race by the medical team. As a result, Gregory Leblanc and Gregory Fastré hastily prepared to race the Team April Moto Motors Events Honda as a two-man team.

Gregg Black and Josh Hook of F.C.C. TSR Honda are also getting through most of the race as a duo. Damian Cudlin’s back pain is impairing him during his stints.

As for YART Yamaha Official EWC Team, Broc Parkes and Kohta Nozane are doing most of the stints due to Marvin Fritz’s injuries flaring up again. After crashing at Assen two weeks ago, he took another spill earlier this week during practice at Oschersleben.

Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert and Freddy Foray are putting in more of the spadework than Julien da Costa, who has developed a sore wrist.

And Erwan Nigon was seen gritting his teeth in the saddle of Eva RT Webike Trick Star’s Kawasaki, on which he is doing stints with teammates Osamu Deguchi and Julien Millet. Erwan’s movements are still hampered after he broke seven ribs in a crash during the 24 Heures Motos last month – though Eva RT Webike Trick Star had to withdraw with a broken engine only two hours into that race.

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