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

Sixth at the finish of the 24 Heures Motos, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing topped the Superstock category and also picked up the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy, winning €5,000 worth of prize money. The team placed ahead of Moto Ain CRT and AM Moto Racing Compétition.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team was awarded the first ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ on Sunday after the finish of the 24 Heures Motos in Le Mans.

GMT Yamaha won the 24 Heures Motos after a relentless battle against YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. Team SRC Kawasaki rounded off a podium with three tyre manufacturers represented: Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli. 74,500 spectators watched the suspenseful race on the Bugatti circuit.

The 24 Heures Motos 2017 is turning out to be the edition that smashes all previous records, including distance and lap time.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and GMT94 Yamaha have been setting the pace of the 24 Heures Motos for the past 16 hours. The Austrian Yamaha is still in the lead, with the French Yamaha nipping at its heels.

The Superstocks are proving unstoppable. Six hours into the race, 11 of the machines in this class are among the Top 20.