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The Bol d’Or as a two-man team

The Bol d’Or as a two-man team

16/09/2017 23:01

In a 24-hour race, a team is made up of three riders. At the Bol d’Or, some teams are racing as a duo out of choice or necessity.

After Damian Cudlin withdrew, Honda National Motos decided to race with two riders. Stéphane Egéa and Emeric Jonchière have been alternating stints since 3pm Saturday, and are hanging grimly on to their goal of a place in the Top 15. ‘We’d prepared for the race,’ says Stéphane Egéa; ‘our technical crew and bike were in Castellet, and so we decided to enter the race as a duo. So far we’ve been alternating regular stints without any problems. We might double up our night stints though so we can get some rest.’

‘We’ve done the easiest stretch; now we’ll have to keep going through the night,’ adds National Motos team manager Stéphane Haddadj.

Moto Ain CRT will also have to get through the night with only two riders. Following Julien Millet’s crash, Mathieu Lussiana and Alejandro Medina decided to keep going as a two-man team. After being in the Top 10 in the early part of the race, Yamaha-mounted Moto Ain CRT lost a lot of ground after the crash, but had climbed back up to 30th place by 10pm.

Italian team No Limits Motor Team has strengthened its rider line-up to take another shot at the Superstock podium. Michael Mazzina, Luca Scassa and Christian Gamarino will be riding the Suzuki #44.

The Endurance world championship is spreading its wings in Italy. FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events has just signed a broadcast rights agreement with Corsedimoto.com and AutomotoTV.

Last season’s FIM EWC Superstock World Cup winner Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences will be fielding a new team at the 24 Heures Motos.

Moto Ain CRT has put together a strong rider line-up to go after the 2017 FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. Roberto Rolfo, a former 250cc GP runner-up, will shore up Alexis Masbou and Christoffer Bergman on the Yamaha #96.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France is hard at work preparing for the 24 Heures Motos. The Japanese team completed a test on the Okayama circuit, and used the opportunity to show off the new livery of the Honda CBR 1000 RR 2018.

Yamaha Factory has presented its 2018 teams. While GMT94 Yamaha will continue the season with the squad that won the Bol d’Or, YART Yamaha has announced a fresh rider line-up starting from the 24 Heures Motos.