SRC Kawasaki in command at the 24 Heures Motos
Team SRC Kawasaki France took over the lead in the late afternoon. Four hours into the race, they are lapping ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and Team ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance.
The race started off at a scorching pace and was dominated for the first three hours by Honda Endurance Racing ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki France. Randy de Puniet in the saddle of the Honda Endurance Racing and Jérémy Guarnoni for Team SRC Kawasaki France put on a magnificent show, launching into an epic duel to seize control. Honda Endurance Racing ended up taking the lead, but faulty lights on the Honda 111 forced them into the pits around 6pm, causing Honda Endurance Racing to drop back to beyond 10th place. By 7pm however the 111 had already climbed back up to 5th place, only one lap behind the leader, and Randy de Puniet has posted a new fastest race lap, a 1:36.848.
Team SRC Kawasaki France are in the lead 4 hours into the race, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and Team ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance. Yamaha-mounted Wepol Racing, who got off to a good start from 8th on the starting grid, are lapping in 4th place in front of Honda Endurance Racing. YART Yamaha has now lost ground after Niccolò Canepa ran wide.
In Superstock, GERT56 by GS Yuasa were looking totally in control for the first three hours, but ran out of fuel and lost the lead. As of 7pm, Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto were the leading Superstock ahead of Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki, GERT56 by GS Yuasa, RAC 41 and Motors Events.
This year’s 24 Heures Motos got off to a particularly hectic start with two crashes and the safety cars coming out in the very first minute of the race.
Two of the high-profile favourites had a problematic start to the race. After two crashes, Yamaha-mounted VRD Igol Pierret Expériences, who were 4th at the start, nosedived to the bottom of the rankings. F.C.C. TSR Honda France met the same fate, losing out on their 3rd place when Mike Di Meglio crashed during the first handover.