The SERT great winner of the 24 Heures Motos
The 38th 24 Heures Motos took place under the sun of the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans and crowned the SERT whose official Suzuki remained in the lead since the sixth hour. Behind the winning crew, the battle raged at all levels and offered a wonderful show to the 70,500 spectators.
The 8-time previous winner the 24 Hours Motos, Dominique Méliand – SERT team manager, did not hide his joy: “In Endurance, you have to manage the race, see what happens, set the pace according to the issues suffered by the opponents, take the least possible risks, and that is how we are on the top step of the podium at the finish. And our greatest strength is to have good riders and a team which always answers the call of duty and never gives up!” Vincent Philippe confirms the words of the person which everyone in the team calls “the boss” : “We are a tight-knit group and we knew that the package was capable of winning.” Having fallen, and later sick, Anthony Delhalle thanks his teammates: “It was a painful race for me. I managed to do five laps before losing grip of the front tyre. I concentrated on holding the bike as much as possible so as not to go into the gravel trap too fast and to prevent greater damage. Then in the night I was sick. In the morning, and for the first time, I went to Dominique to tell him that I was not able to ride and my two team-mates finished the race.” Coming from the Junior Team, Etienne Masson was emotional at the finish: “First race with the SERT and first victory, it’s a great feeling and the result of all the work we did this winter. I was afraid of not being up to scratch and I am very proud of what we have done! »
Gilles Stafler, SRC Kawasaki team manager, admits he was angry with Fabien Foret who fell early in the race, but he appreciated the effort of his three riders to fight back from thirtieth place to the second position, nine laps behind the leaders. “To prove to Fabien that we had no hard feelings towards him, we offered him to cross the finish line. Seen as we could not catch the Suzuki, we had to secure as many championship points as possible.” One of his riders, Gregory Leblanc, admits to not being fully satisfied: “I had come here to win, but such are the hazards of the race! »
“I appreciated Gilles’ gesture at the finish,” commented Fabien Foret. “For sure, to fall early in the race is difficult to live with for the rest of the team, and I apologized for this. I regret that because of this we were not able to live an intense battle with the SERT! ” And Matthew Lagrive concluded: “From the moment we knew we could not win, it was our job to not make a mistake!”
The Team Bolliger Switzerland completes the podium after a very regular race, only bothered by a faulty sensor which caused them to lose a few laps. “Apart from a small problem, we can say that everything went like a Swiss watch! ” Said Horst Saiger, one of the riders.
Another fine performance came from the Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki, which gave full satisfaction to its team manager Damien Saulnier: “We came here to win the class and we did it! The challenge was all the greater as the technical team was composed of new students. This means that we start from scratch each time. Hats off to the three riders Baptiste Guittet, Gregg Black and Romain Maitre who brought us to this fourth place overall and leader of the Superstock class.”
The GMT94 Yamaha of David Checa, Kenny Foray and Mathieu Ginès finished fifth after suffering some technical problems throughout the race as explained by team manager Christophe Guyot: “We had chosen not to use the anti-spin but, because of this, the power of the bike was damaging the transmission and we had to return to the pits several times to solve this problem. This significantly delayed us. Fortunately we ended up finding a solution. I have to applaud the bravery of our riders and especially of David Checa who rode although injured and showed a lot of courage.”
The second round of the FIM EWC will take place on July 26th 2015 in Japan for the “Suzuka 8 Hours.”
All the results on https://www.fimewc.com/event/24-hours-moto-2015/