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Yamaha still in control

Yamaha still in control

16/04/2017 08:21

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 two teams have been separated by a gap of mere seconds ever since the start of the race. Meanwhile, three teams are battling for 3rd place nine laps behind the two machines in the lead. F.C.C. TSR Honda are running a faultless race in this well-placed pack. At 7am they were leading Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, who did a catch-up overnight, and Team SRC Kawasaki, who were slowed down by electrical issues during the night.

In Superstock, the battle for victory has become more close-fought after Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, which had been leading the race since the start, suffered a setback – a broken oil filter. Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing are now in the same lap, in 6th and 7th place, ahead of Moto Ain CRT. Mechanical problems have distanced Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki in the fight for the Superstock podium.

Maco Racing Team carried off a smooth climb into the Top 10 overnight to pick up bonus points at the 16-hour mark together with Bolliger Team Switzerland, currently placed 10th.

Results after 16 h

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.