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Bol d’Or gets off to very eventful start

Bol d’Or gets off to very eventful start

17/09/2016 18:55

The Bol d’Or race got off to a totally crazy start. At 6pm, SERT was leading Team Kawasaki SRC and Honda Endurance Racing. The race start was delayed due to a crash in the warm-up lap.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has been leading the race practically since the start – masterfully handled for the team by Anthony Delhalle. Three hours into the race, SERT maintains a narrow lead over Team SRC Kawasaki and Honda Endurance Racing. Close on their heels is a group made up of Trick Star Racing’s Kawasaki, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team (delayed earlier when their bike ran out of fuel), and F.C.C. TSR Honda.

The first Superstock teams are not far behind, in 7th place on: the Yamaha-mounted squads Moto Ain, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences and Team 3’Art Yam’Avenue. Team Bolliger Switzerland’s Kawasaki EWC rounds off the top 10.

A few favourites are missing from the roll call. GMT94 Yamaha is way back beyond 30th, 6 laps behind the leader following two crashes. Penz13.com BMW Motorrad has a broken engine. The Team April Moto Motors Events bike has been in the pit box for quite some time to get the gearbox fixed. Tecmas Racing Team BMW is continuing the race with only two riders, Camille Hedelin and Dominique Platet, currently at the tail end of the standings.

Louis Rossi’s crash on the team’s BMW #88 in the warm-up lap pushed the race start back to 3.10pm. Rossi suffered a head injury.

The 80th edition of the Bol d’Or is however still scheduled to finish at 3pm CET tomorrow (Sunday).

Bol d’Or – Race results after 3 hours

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

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YART Yamaha wound up the 24 Heures Motos tests on a very encouraging note. The factory-backed Austrian team was the only one to complete a lap of the Bugatti circuit in under 1’37.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France dominated the first day of pre-testing for the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans. Despite the rain, 50 of the 60 teams entered for the second round of the FIM EWC were on the Bugatti circuit.

With five constructors and three tyre manufacturers running neck and neck, the outcome of the 24 Heures Motos is anyone’s guess. A look at the favourites to win the 41st edition at Le Mans on 21 and 22 April.

With four months to go for the Suzuka 8 Hours, the Japanese factory teams are already gearing up for the action. Following Honda’s announcement that official team HRC is returning to Suzuka, Kawasaki has revealed that Jonathan Rea will be back with Team Green.