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Varying ambitions at Oschersleben

Varying ambitions at Oschersleben

18/05/2017 14:12

The teams at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben are pursuing a number of different goals. Keen to attempt another dual podium finish, the factory-backed Yamahas are already jostling for the top spots. But Team LRP Poland on BMW is determined to be the spoilsport here in Germany.

With a 1’26.931 fastest lap at the tail end of free practice this morning, Markus Reiterberger took Team LRP Poland’s BMW #90 to top place after the first official face-off on the Oschersleben track. He will be riding the S1000RR with Lukas Trautmann and Dominik Vincon.

It is worth remembering that Markus Reiterberger posted the fastest lap (1’26.816) on the German track in 2015, and that Broc Parkes of YART Yamaha Official EWC Team has held the qualifying lap record of 1’26.147 since 2013.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team held on to the lead for a lengthy spell at the first free practice session. Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz (back in the race after his spill at Assen) and Kohta Nozane finished in 2nd place with a 1’27.167 lap, just ahead of GMT94 Yamaha’s David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio, who posted 1’27.173. The tiny gap between the two factory-backed Yamahas heralds the duel to come, and their shared goal of another dual podium finish at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben.

Kawasaki-mounted team Eva RT Webike Trick Star (Erwan Nigon, Osamu Deguchi and Julien Millet) was 4th-fastest in free practice, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Alex Cudlin).

The top Superstock team, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences (Bastien Mackels, Florian Alt and Axel Maurin) finished 6th, ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda (Gregg Black, Damian Cudlin and Josh Hook), Bolliger Team Switzerland (Horst Saiger, Roman Stamm and Michaël Savary) and another Superstock squad, Moto Ain CRT (Alexis Masbou, Hugo Clere and Robin Mulhauser). Honda Endurance Racing was 10th-fastest.

Meanwhile, Team April Moto Motors Events has suffered a setback. The medical team has declared Matthieu Lagrive unfit to race because of his injuries after a crash in the French championship 15 days ago.

Following this final run-through, the riders will get down to business this afternoon: the first qualifying gets underway at 3pm.

8 Hours of Oschersleben – Free practice results

Women racers

22/09/2017 18:36 - 2017-2018, Bol d'Or

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Racing the Bol d’Or as a two-man team on a current-day bike is quite a challenge. But when their 3rd rider withdrew after qualifying, National Motos decided to go ahead anyway with just Emeric Jonchière and Stéphane Egéa.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

21 hours into the race at the Bol d’Or, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing is battling for the Superstock win. The French Kawasaki-mounted team is currently in 5th place, dominating the Superstock class.