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Superstocks shake off inhibitions

Superstocks shake off inhibitions

18/09/2016 10:40

The top Superstock bikes are revving things up at the Bol d’Or. Three Superstock teams – Moto Ain, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing and Team 3Art Yam’Avenue – are holding tight to their spots in the top 10, while three others have slipped into the top 15.

On track, rider performance can differentiate Superstock class bikes from the EWC machines and, at pit stops, they do not get to use the quick-release wheel change. So their current bravura is all the more laudable. 18 hours into the race, three Superstock teams are boldly holding on to their places in the Top 10.

The trio is made up of Tati Team Beaujolais Racing with Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Anthony Violland (a private team on Kawasaki, which has competed for the FIM EWC World Cup since 2014), Moto Ain, which has entrusted its bike to Hugo Clere, Johan Nigon and Alexis Masbou (a Moto3 rider making his Endurance debut) and 2016 FIM EWC World Cup winner Team 3Art Yam’Avenue with riders Louis Bulle, Alex Plancassagne and Luca Marconi. The three teams keep swapping their targeted places on the Superstock podium as refuelling stops and race incidents unfold. Tati Team Beaujolais Racing got delayed by a blocked wheel axle, while Team 3Art Yam’Avenue had a slowdown after running out of fuel.

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences has dropped back from this group after a series of mechanical problems but remains in the Top 15, together with Racing Team Sarazin and Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors. Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki is lapping further back after making frequent pit stops following a crash.

Bol d’Or race after 19 h

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.