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SRC Kawasaki on pole at the Bol d’Or

SRC Kawasaki on pole at the Bol d’Or

15/09/2017 16:02

Team SRC Kawasaki will start from pole position tomorrow (Saturday) at the Bol d’Or, ahead of YART Yamaha and F.C.C. TSR Honda France. The race – the opening round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC – will be flagged off at 3pm on the Paul Ricard circuit.

Team SRC Kawasaki will have a head start on the competition. Mathieu Gines, Fabien Foret and Randy de Puniet (who set his quickest lap – a 1’57.532), put the ZX 10R #11 in pole position at the Bol d’Or, the opening round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC.
YART Yamaha and F.C.C. TSR Honda France significantly improved their performances in the second qualifying session on the Paul Ricard circuit this morning, despite cool weather and a spell of light rain. The Austrian Yamaha squad (Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Kohta Nozane) took second place on the starting grid, just ahead of Josh Hook, Alan Techer and Freddy Foray on the Japanese Honda.

In fourth place on the grid is Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, still very much a favourite to win with riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black in the saddle of the GSX-R 1000 2017.

Another team to watch out for is Honda Endurance Racing with its rejigged line-up (Gregory Leblanc, Sébastien Gimbert and Yonny Hernández), not to mention 2016-2017 FIM EWC champions GMT94 Yamaha (David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio), respectively fifth and sixth on the grid.

Two BMW squads – Team Tecmas and IV Racing BMW CSEU – will line up next to each other on the grid, in 7th and 8th place.
Right behind them is Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, winner of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC World Cup and the top Superstock team post-qualifying at the Bol d’Or. The two other quickest teams in this class were Team 33 Accessoires Louit Moto and Ecurie Chrono Sport.

Tyre checks
Four teams were issued a 30-second stop-and-go penalty to be applied during the first two hours of the race for not having markings on their qualifying tyres. EWC teams are given 45 tyre stickers and Superstock teams 27 stickers for 24-hour races. The four teams that got a penalty are Glazik Moto Sport, Acro Racing Team 64, LMC Endurance and Team Broke Racing.

The 81st Bol d’Or starts at 3pm CEST tomorrow (Saturday).

Final qualifying results

Moto Ain CRT is keen for another crack at the FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. The team has confirmed that Alexis Masbou will be back on the Yamaha R1 #96 this season, together with Christoffer Bergman.

Belgian squad Mototech EWC Team has announced a change of bike for the reminder of the season.

Exciting news from the Czech city of Brno! IV Racing BMW CSEU has recruited a brand-new trio of established riders alongside Karel Hanika to boost its podium chances.

Teams have stepped up rider training to sharpen their competitive edge as winter tests continue. Expect some thrilling moments and a hard-fought contest this April at the 24 Heures Motos, the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC.

Teams have stepped up rider training to sharpen their competitive edge as winter tests continue. Expect some thrilling moments and a hard-fought contest this April at the 24 Heures Motos, the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC.

Honda has announced that its factory team HRC is returning to both the Suzuka 8 Hours and JSB1000, the Japanese superbike championship.

Vincent Philippe has sustained a right foot injury while testing with Suzuki Endurance Racing Team in the South of France.