SERT awarded the first Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy

SERT awarded the first Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy

17/04/2017 16:33

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team was awarded the first ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ on Sunday after the finish of the 24 Heures Motos in Le Mans.

Their will to stay the course, their ability to pick themselves back up after the toughest of ordeals, and the motivation of the entire team, faithful to the spirit of Endurance so dear to Anthony Delhalle: these were the reasons behind the jury’s decision to award the first ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ to the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, who finished the 24 Heures Motos in 4th place.

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team had to come to grips with the demise of their rider Anthony Delhalle a few weeks before the second round of the FIM EWC. Despite the shock of his untimely death and the absence of team manager Dominique Méliand, an iconic figure who has withdrawn from the circuit for a few months for health reasons, the entire squad banded together in a fine demonstration of the spirit of Endurance.

Anthony Delhalle’s wife Jessie gave away the first trophy to the whole team, represented on the podium by riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Alex Cudlin, and by Dominique Hébrard, SERT’s team manager at Le Mans.

The ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ will be given out after each FIM EWC championship race to keep the sporting spirit and character of a great rider of the calibre of Anthony Delhalle alive on the racing circuit for a long time to come.

Sixth at the finish of the 24 Heures Motos, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing topped the Superstock category and also picked up the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy, winning €5,000 worth of prize money. The team placed ahead of Moto Ain CRT and AM Moto Racing Compétition.

GMT Yamaha won the 24 Heures Motos after a relentless battle against YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. Team SRC Kawasaki rounded off a podium with three tyre manufacturers represented: Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli. 74,500 spectators watched the suspenseful race on the Bugatti circuit.

The 24 Heures Motos 2017 is turning out to be the edition that smashes all previous records, including distance and lap time.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and GMT94 Yamaha have been setting the pace of the 24 Heures Motos for the past 16 hours. The Austrian Yamaha is still in the lead, with the French Yamaha nipping at its heels.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team is still in the lead, with GMT94 Yamaha close behind. Team SRC Kawasaki is back in 3rd place 8 hours into the race, while Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has lost ground after running off the track a couple of times.

The Superstocks are proving unstoppable. Six hours into the race, 11 of the machines in this class are among the Top 20.