2013 Bol d’Or 24-hour Race Results

04/22/2013 @ 10:33 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS


While we were busy getting sunburned in Austin, on the other side of the globe in Magny-Cours, men and women road motorcycles around a french track for 24-hours straight, in a little something called the Bol d’Or.

With SRC Kawasaki making a return to the pole-position, the French squad made it two years in a row at the winner’s circle, giving them a fantastic start to the World Endurance Championship. At the helm of their Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R were Gregory Leblanc, Loris Baz, and Jérémy Guarnoni, who battled through rain and the cold night to put the Kawasaki on the top step.

Finishing with a comfortable nine-lap lead over the Monster Energy Yamaha YART squad from Austria, SRC’s position at the front was closely contested early-on by the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) and Yamaha France GMT94. They team had a solid ride from Igor Jerman, Broc Parkes, and Sheridan Morais (who replaced Josh Waters), and looks to be in good shape for the rest of the EWC season.

The same consistency cannot be said for SERT, which four hours into the race already had two crashes to its name. The first crash was with Anthony Delhalle, who was followed shortly after into the gravel by Vincent Philippe, who while being stretchered off the course, jumped out of the medics’ stretcher and refused to get in the ambulance. Ten hours later, SERT would be back in the podium hunt, and later would finish with a third-place result.

BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent also crashed twice, but couldn’t recover from the setbacks, leaving Sébastien Gimbert, Sylvain Barrier, and Karl Muggeridge had to throw in the towel at dusk.

Another impressive performance was put in by Yamaha France GMT94, who looked to be in the hunt for a podium as well. However, an electrical issue towards the end of the race saw the team slip back and fall out of contention — an unjust result for riders David Checa, Kenny Foray, and Matthieu Lagrive.

The Honda TT Legends squad also retired with a mechanical issue, 18-hours into the race. Sitting in fourth place throughout most of the Bol d’Or, Dunlop came into the pits with a bad heat exchanger. Fixing the machine, McGuinness then went out, but the damage had been done to the motor, and the bike had to retire.

Interestingly enough, Michael Rutter’s last-minute team change to the National Motos squad put The Blade on the top-placing Honda entry at the finish. Rutter was replaced in the Honda TT Legends squad by Michael Dunlop, after Dunlop set the fastest lap for the team in qualifying and worries in the team about Rutter’s injured leg making the race-distance abounded.

In the Superstock class, local man Jason Pridmore rode the Penz13.com Franks Autowelt BMW S1000RR, along with co-riders Pedro Vallcaneras and Steve Mercer, to a second place finish. Only 20 laps back from SRC Kawasaki at the end of the 24 hours, and 6th place overall, Pridmore and crew finished on the same lap as the first-place Superstock team, Junior Team Suzuki LMS, making it a tight race in the SST class.

Race Results for the 2013 Bol d’Or 24 Hours at Magny-Cours, France:

1Team Kawasaki SRCKawasakiLeblanc/Baz/Guarnoni808 LapsEWC
2Monster Energy Yamaha YARTYamahaJerman/Parkes/Morais-9 LapsEWC
3Suzuki Endurance Racing TeamSuzukiPhilippe/Delhalle/Da Costa-11 LapsEWC
4Yamaha France GMT94 MichelinYamahaCheca/Foray/Lagrive-15 LapsEWC
5Junior Team Suzuki LMSSuzukiGuittet/Masson/Chevaux-20 LapsSST
6Penz13.com Franks AutoweltBMWVallcaneras/Pridmore/Mercer-20 LapsSST
7Team R2CLSuzukiGiabbani/Dietrich/Buisson-23 LapsEWC
8National MotosHondaJunod/Rutter/Four-24 LapsEWC
9Team Motors EventsSuzukiFastre/Lucas/Savary-25 LapsSST
10Starteam Pam RacingSuzukiPrulhiere/Maurin/Longearet-26 LapsSST
11AM Moto Racing CompetitionSuzukiLoiseau/Maitre/Hardt-29 LapsSST
12Metiss JLC MotoMetissMichel/Huvier/Cheron-32 LapsOpen
13Atomic MotosportSuzukiTangre/Jond/Camus-33 LapsSST
14Yamaha Viltais ExperienceYamahaBardet/Besnard/Berthome-39 LapsSST
15Maco Racing TeamYamahaBouan/Cummins/Roccoli-39 LapsEWC
16RAC 41 YamahaYamahaCharpin/Praud/Depoorter-41 LapsEWC
17Bolliger Team SwitzerlandKawasakiSaiger/Mita/Wildisen-42 LapsEWC
18Racing Team SarazinKawasakiGuerouah/Kokes/Major-52 LapsSST
19No Limits Motor TeamSuzukiCasas/Boscoscuro/Rosso-56 LapsSST
20Team Louit Moto 33KawasakiMarino/Savadori/Jonchiere-58 LapsSST
21Team FMA AssurancesHondaBlack/Kerkhoven/Fissette-60 LapsEWC
22Team Space Moto 37SuzukiNouvellon/Deneque/Roche/-63 LapsEWC
23AZ MotosSuzukiMezard/Boue/Dupuy-65 LapsSST
243D Endurance Moto CenterKawasakiSalchaud/Egea/Holub-71 LapsSST
25SPE SamuraiSuzukiTeramoto/Fujishima/Piccolo-74 LapsEWC
26Team 2CP RacingSuzukiGelas/Descours/Petitjean-78 LapsSST
27ACR 74SuzukiHuguenin/Vial/Grippi-79 LapsSST
28DL Moto RacingKawasakiMorin/Thuillier/Saive-80 LapsSST
29PL PerformancesSuzukiLepand/Delanoe/Blanchet-84 LapsSST
30BMRT Moustic Moto Expert 58KawasakiMange/Elbachir/Burlin-89 LapsSST
31Acro Racing TeamYamahaJean/Grimber/Lucas-93 LapsSST
32Team Racing + OuifmKawasakiDubarle/Tabaries/Vigneau-94 LapsSST
33PlusraceSuzukiNavarette/Jacoby/Monier-98 LapsSST
34Dunlop Motors EventsSuzukiCholvin/Richert/Putin-106 LapsSST
35TMS RacingHondaFarlet/Herniques/Majastre-107 LapsSST
36JCB YDCG RacingKawasakiCahagnet/Deneque/Marle-120 LapsSST
37Scuderia Deux RouesDucatiFrancois/Ancelin/Teissier-164 LapsOpen
38BI-Meca Racing TeamKawasakiFeuillee/Morat/Durant-165 LapsSST
39Racing Team 87YamahaHamard/Viaud/Taillandier-174 LapsSST
40Flembbo Leader TeamKawasakiDemarey/Prosenik/Ortiz-188 LapsEWC

Source: FIM

  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a motorcycle endurance race televised here in the US, aside from Daytona, certainly not a 24-hour motorcycle race, like they have in Asia and Europe.

    The bikes are so much more interesting than those in Moto GP or World Superbike, since they are more closely related to street bikes, requiring parts and engines that can survive over extended running periods. I imagine that innovations which are directly applicable to street bikes are more often derived from this kind of racing, than any other.

  • Mike

    I’ve been to 30 24-hour races (and 3 Daytona 200s) and the innovation has almost completely gone out of them, precisely because they are just very long superstock races now. Long gone are the prototypes, TZ750s with lights and car-engined oddities. Only the Metiss soldiers on with a funny front end. The number of non-French teams and riders has gradually dwindled.
    The only innovation now is in the French interpretation of the rules – ask Jason Pridmore.
    That said, a 24-hour race is still a real challenge. The best teams are ultra-skilled and the riders are all heroes in my book.
    To push a bike back to the pits from the far side of the track in the night, in the rain, rebuild it and go out and race for another 12 hours just for the privilege of finishing out of the points. Crazy!