Two Yamahas in a duel for the lead
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.