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Women racers

22/09/2017 18:36

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.

Last Sunday also saw young Spanish rider Ana Carrasco become the first woman to win a world championship race (Supersport 300) in Portimão. No doubt about it: women are fast emerging as a force to be reckoned with on the international motorcycle sport scene.

Likewise, Lucy Glöckner made history at the Bol d’Or. Anyone who watched the last half-hour of the race on the Paul Ricard circuit on Sunday 17 September 2017 is unlikely to forget her performance.

Lucy, 27, is a rider for Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC and a familiar face on the Superbike IDM circuit in Germany. She nearly became the first woman to score a podium finish at the Bol d’Or. In the saddle of the BMW #48, Lucy held off 40-year-old Sébastien Gimbert, a three-time winner of the Bol d’Or, riding for factory-backed team Honda Endurance Racing. Sébastien had warm praise for his rival’s tenacity in the course of their thrilling last-minute duel for third place at the Bol d’Or. After the 24-hour race, Lucy lost to the Honda #111 by less than a second.

Five women on the grid at the Bol d’Or
Lucy Glöckner got the lion’s share of the spotlight, but there were four other women at the start and finish of the 81st Bol d’Or. Hats off in particular to the all-female squad Girls Racing Team. Frenchwomen Amandine Creusot and Muriel Simorre alternated stints on the Yamaha #19 with their Dutch teammate Jolanda Van Westrenen, finishing 19th to score points in the FIM EWC for the very first time. Last year, Girls Racing Team finished 23rd at the Bol d’Or.

Frenchwoman Margaux Wanham, who rides for Suzuki Flam Racing with teammates Fabien Lambert and Arnaud Curtolo, also deserves a mention. Her team was 25th past the finish line at the Bol d’Or.

A bit of history
Women have been racing the Bol d’Or since as far back as 1938. The first woman to compete was a Mademoiselle Defer. The following year, a Mademoiselle Mary was the first woman to place 19th at the finish, at a time when people entered the Bol d’Or as solo riders on the Montlhéry racetrack.
Women also compete in the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans. The most noteworthy female rider of that race to date is Frenchwoman Véronique Parisot, who finished just short of the podium in 1988, like Lucy Glöckner last Sunday.

Tribute to Lucy Glöckner on the last laps at Bol d’Or with TAG Heuer #DontCrackUnderPressure

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 Corsedimoto.com 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.