Superstocks in the limelight
A fast and consistent performance enabled 9 of the teams in the Superstock class to feature in the Top 20 by midday at the 24 Heures Motos. With 3 hours to go for the finish, 3ART Moto Team 95 and Moto Ain are sparring for the win in the category.
Having run a smooth race so far, with no technical problems or crashes, 3ART Moto Team 95 has been leading the Superstock class since the halfway point. The French team has entrusted its Yamaha to Alex Plancassagne, Matthieu Lussiana and Pepijn Bijterbosch, who turned the mishaps of the favourites to their advantage to reach a superb 5th place in the overall standings by noon. 3ART Moto Team 95 is now striving to hold on to its position and stave off an attack by Moto Ain, another Yamaha-mounted team in the leading Superstock trio, thanks to riders Roberto Rolfo, Alexis Masbou and Christoffer Bergman.
In 3rd place 3 hours from the finish, Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki looks set to fulfil its ambition: scoring a fresh place on the Superstock podium and racking up a slew of points in the FIM EWC championship. Hugo Clère, Alex Sarrabayrouse and Louis Rossi are taking turns in the saddle of the Suzuki 72.
Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing are next in line, having been delayed by crashes (the latter team was the Superstock winner at the Bol d’Or).
Other teams among the Top 20 that deserve a mention for their sheer determination are GERT 56, No Limits Motor Team, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences (dogged by various mishaps following a collision in the early part of the race) and Zuff Racing.