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First face-off at Le Mans

First face-off at Le Mans

03/04/2018 06:00

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.

Rain caused a fair amount of havoc at Le Mans today as the FIM EWC players made their much-awaited return. Even so, 50 of the teams that will be competing at Le Mans on 21 and 22 April had a very intense day on the track.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France’s Freddy Foray, Alan Techer and Josh Hook got the upper hand on the rain-soaked Bugatti circuit. The Bridgestone-shod Japanese team was quicker than Czech squad Mercury Racing, also equipped with Bridgestone tyres. Mercury Racing is the new incarnation of IV Racing BMW CSEU, the team that was 5th past the finish line at the 2017 Bol d’Or 2017. With a current line-up composed of Karel Hanika, Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Barrier, the team is a serious contender for the podium.

Reigning world champion and 2017 Bol d’Or winner GMT94 Yamaha (Dunlop) posted the day’s third-fastest time, thereby confirming its goal of a fresh win. The factory-backed French team was ahead of another official Yamaha, YART (Bridgestone) as well as Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and Honda Endurance Racing, both using Dunlop.

Another preliminary test is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Bugatti circuit. The first official tests of the 24 Heures Motos will take place on Thursday 19 April.

The day’s 15 fastest times
F.C.C. TSR Honda France – 1’47.438
Mercury Racing (BMW) – 1’48.052
GMT94 Yamaha – 1’48.172
YART Yamaha – 1’49.345
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team – 1’49.562
Honda Endurance Racing – 1’49.748
Wojcik Racing Team (Yamaha) – 1’51.196
RAC 41 (Honda) – 1’51.468
Energie Endurance 91 (Kawasaki) – 1’51.485
Team NRT48 BMW Motorrad – 1’51.918
Sarazin Motorsport (Yamaha) – 1’51.962
Fast Team Racing (Kawasaki) – 1’52.220
Team April Motos Motors Events (Suzuki) – 1’52.234

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.

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.

Viewers in Poland will now be able to watch the FIM EWC. Eurosport Events and Polish automotive and motorsports channel Motowizja have signed a broadcast agreement that will enable Polish fans to watch the highlights of FIM EWC races, starting with the 24 Heures Motos this April.

Viewers in Poland will now be able to watch the FIM EWC. Eurosport Events and Polish automotive and motorsports channel Motowizja have signed a broadcast agreement that will enable Polish fans to watch the highlights of FIM EWC races, starting with the 24 Heures Motos this April.