The 38th 24 Heures Motos gets underway

2015-04-18T00:00:00+02:00April 18th, 2015|24 Heures Motos 2015|

The 56 crews on the grid took a traditional Le Mans start, a traditional characteristic of motorbike endurance racing

The SRC Kawasaki ridden by Grégory Leblanc took the lead from the first corner, while the GMT94 Yamaha that stalled on the grid, ridden by Kenny Foray, was relegated out of the top 30.

From the opening laps, the tone was set for an exciting race, with Kawasaki rider

Grégory Leblanc, Honda Racing’s Julien Da Costa, the SERT Suzuki of Vincent Philippe, Max Neukirchner on the Monster Energy Yamaha YART and Markus Reiterberger for BMW Motorrad France Team all staging a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle.

The Monster Energy Yamaha YART was the first bike to stop for fuel, and then just a few minutes later Anthony Delhalle fell off at the Virage du Musée. He was soon back on but dropped from second to fourth positions.

The Honda Racing entry was the last bike to come into the pits for its first fuel stop after 36 laps and an hour of racing, while the other teams filled up every 45 minutes after around 31 or 32 laps. The lower fuel consumption of the Honda will turn out to be an advantage by the end of the 24 hours.

Steven Le Coquen, riding the Yamaha Viltais Expériences, also fell off at the Virage du Musée after 15 minutes of racing while the Team April Moto Motors Events bike had to visit the pits twice during the first hour of racing.

After one hour of competition, the SRC Kawasaki leads while the GMT94 Yamaha is back up to fifth.

The first Superstock bike is that of the Qatar Endurance Racing Team.