SERT Suzuki maintains the lead
The SERT Suzuki maintains the lead of the round the clock classic, but a number of race developments have shaken up the competitive order overnight.
Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Etienne Masson are putting on a master class at Le Mans by heading the field on their Suzuki, thanks to their rapid pace and some well-orchestrated pit stops.
The Monster Energy Yamaha YART bike held second for most of the night but was forced to stop in the early hours at 04:43 when the engine broke, spreading oil onto the track and bringing out the safety cars. Max Neukirchner, Ivan Silva and Sheridan Morais confirmed their retirement shortly afterwards.
The factory Honda has suffered from a variety of mechanical niggles that has dropped it to 34th place, while the National Motos squad has climbed up the leaderboard and is now second behind the leading Suzuki. The SRC Kawasaki of Grégory Leblanc, Matthieu Lagrive and Fabien Foret is up to third and on the same lap, having fought back from the bottom of the field.
The GMT94 Yamaha had to make two unscheduled pit stops during the night: the first for a wheel crown and the second one to fix a transmission problem. Despite these delays the bike still managed to make up time after each stop thanks to the speed of David Checa, Kenny Foray and Matthieu Ginès, who are now sixth overall.
BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com is currently eighth overall, having battled a number of small problems towards the start of the race.
There has been an equally close fight in the Superstock category between Junior Team Le Mans Sud, Team Traqueur Louit Moto 33 and the Qatar Endurance Racing Team – although the latter bike had to freewheel back to the pits at daybreak.
With a third of the race left to run, the final positions are still a long way from being decided.
Results can be found on: https://www.fimewc.com/event/24-hours-moto-2015/