Two Yamahas in a duel for the lead

Two Yamahas in a duel for the lead

16/04/2017 00:37

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team is still in the lead, with GMT94 Yamaha close behind. Team SRC Kawasaki is back in 3rd place 8 hours into the race, while Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has lost ground after running off the track a couple of times.

The two factory-backed Yamahas have been battling for the lead since the race started, and are still going strong. YART Yamaha Official EWC Team scooped the 10 bonus points awarded to the team in the lead 8 hours into the race – a well-deserved recompense for the Austrian Yamaha after holding on to the lead for more than 260 laps. The French GMT94 Yamaha – giving dogged chase close behind – picked up 9 points. Following Randy de Puniet’s crash, Team Kawasaki SRC has climbed back up to 3rd place, 3 laps behind the leader.

The first Superstock, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, is putting in a sterling performance, and is in 4th place 8 hours in.

F.C.C. TSR Honda also well-placed 5 laps behind, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team which got slowed down by running off the track twice.

Other competitive Superstock teams are Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki and Moto Ain CRT, lapping ahead of Bolliger Team Switzerland in the Top 10.

Another set of bonus point will be awarded at 7am, after the 16-hour mark.

Results after 8th hour

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 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.