2014 Bol d’Or 24-Hour Race Results

04/27/2014 @ 3:56 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

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The first round of the 2014 Endurance World Championship is in the bag, as the 24 hours of the Bol d’Or at Magny-Cours are now in the bag. Taking the top step on the podium was last year’s Bol d’Or winner, SRC Kawasaki, but the win didn’t come easily for the Kawasaki factory team.

“The week got off to a bad start. With Fabien Foret out and the crash for Matthieu, I wouldn’t have fancied us to win,” admitted SRC Kawasaki Team Manager Gilles Stafler. “The best win we ever had in a 24-hour race was our first in Le Mans in 2010. But this one was the toughest. There was also a luck factor in the choice of the tyres and we had the support of really top-notch technical staff.”

Because of Matthieu Lagrive’s crash during the free practice session, this meant that SRC Kawasaki teammate Gregory Leblanc and Nicolas Salchaud had to pretty much split the racing duties for the 24-hour race. At one point, SRC Kawasaki was in the 20th spot, after an early crash, but the team rallied together, and capitalized on the misfortunes of others to bring home another Bol d’Or win.

Finishing five laps down, in second, was the Yamaha France’s factory-supported team: Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin; and in third was the Superstock Class leader, Junior Team LMS Suzuki, which was 11 laps down at the finish.

Noticeably absent from the finishing board were the usual suspects of Honda Racing, Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), and the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT), all of whom had to retire mid-race because of mechanical troubles, but had strong showings prior to their retirements.

Honda Racing retired from the Bol d’Or, with a little over three hours remaining in the race, after a countershaft sprocket broke on the Honda CBR1000RR SP race bike. Occurring during Sebastien Gimbert’s penultimate stint, HRC’s retirement happened as the team was leading the race. Starting on pole position, HRC lead most of the Bol d’Or, making this weekend’s result especially tough, though encouraging for later rounds.

“We’re terribly disappointed. I feel so sad for the riders and the team for all the effort they’ve made,” said Neil Tuxworth of Honda Racing. “It was such a small part that broke, just a gearbox sprocket that damaged the engine and we couldn’t continue.

“If we’re to take any positives from it it’s that we were the strongest team in the race, we were leading by five laps and I’m certain that the team will go on to win some races this year. It’s just very unfortunate that we couldn’t finish the Bol d’Or. We’ve still gained 19-points in the championship so we’re not going away empty handed. We’ll come back fighting next time,” he added.

For the boys and girls at SERT, things also looked promising, especially with their third-posiiton start. Like Honda, SERT lead parts of the Bol d’Or as well, but with crashes from both Nigen and Philippe, the factory Suzuki team had to finally throw in the towel after two-thirds of the race duration.

For the Austrians in the Yamaha contingency, Bol d’Or proved to be a tougher experience than the podium-bound French squad, with the YART squad retiring after only five hours of competition. The retirement came after a big highside by Wayne Maxwell, who unfortunately broke his leg in the crash.

American Jason Pridmore and the Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team, also had a good showing until the crashing began. Leading the Superstock class, and being 5th overall at one point, the Penz13 Team dropped down the rankings after a big crash by Bastien Mackels, who was luckily okay.

The FIM Endurance World Championship continues in July, as teams will compete in the Suzuka 8-hour on July 27th, 2014.

Race Results for the 2014 Bol d’Or 24 Hours at Magny-Cours, France:

Pos. Team Riders Bike Class Time
1 SRC Kawasaki LEBLANC/LAGRIVE/SALCHAUD Kawasaki EWC 743
2 Yamaha Racing – GMT 94 CHECA/FORAY/GINES/MAHIAS Yamaha EWC -5 Laps
3 Junior Team LMS Suzuki GUITTET/MASSON/BLACK/CAMUS Suzuki SST -11 Laps
4 Team Bolliger Switzerland SAIGER/STAMM/SUTTER/GARCIA Kawasaki EWC -12 Laps
5 Motors Events April Moto FASTRE/SAVARY/STORRAR Suzuki EWC -13 Laps
6 National Motos TIZON/FOUR/JUNOD/DEBISE Honda EWC -18 Laps
7 Team R2CL JONES/MARTIN/GIABBANI Suzuki EWC -21 Laps
8 Yamaha Viltaïs Experience BARDET/CARRILLO/NIGON… Yamaha SST -29 Laps
9 METISS JLC MOTO HOLUB/AYER/CHERON/TAUZIEDE Metiss OPN -34 Laps
10 AM Moto Racing Competition LOISEAU/MAITRE/BUISSON Suzuki SST -40 Laps
11 TMC City Bike TRT 27 AYNIE/BILLEGA/DIARD/HOUDAYER Suzuki EWC -45 Laps
12 BMRT 3D Endurance GUYOT/BURLIN/ROMANENS/MANGE Kawasaki SST -47 Laps
13 Välpker NRT 48 Schubert STUPPI/TAKADA/NADALET BMW SST -52 Laps
14 Penz13.com Franks Autowelt PRIDMORE/VALLCANERAS/MACKELS BMW SST -52 Laps
15 AZ Motos-April NAPOLEONE/MEZARD/DUMAIN/KOKES Suzuki SST -53 Laps
16 Tati Team Beaujolais Racing ENJOLRAS/CHEVAUX/PRULHIERE… Kawasaki SST -57 Laps
17 MCS Racing – Ipone SASETA/VIZZIELLO/SANTAMARIA Suzuki SST -63 Laps
18 Maco Racing Team VAN KEYMEULEN/JERMAN/SZKOPEK… Yamaha EWC -65 Laps
19 No Limits Motor Team BOSCOSCURO/BUSSEI/CASAS/ROSSO Suzuki SST -65 Laps
20 ACR 74 HUGUENIN/VIAL/GRIPPI/… Suzuki SST -70 Laps
21 Team Guidon 11 GELAS/DESCOURS/ARNAL Suzuki SST -71 Laps
22 Flembbo Leader Team PROSENIK/BELLUCCI/DERINE/… Kawasaki EWC -77 Laps
23 Team Space Moto 37 GALLERAND/NOUVELLON/ROCHE/… Suzuki EWC -78 Laps
24 Aprilia Le Mans 2 Roues POLESSO/PARISSE/CHABANY Aprilia SST -79 Laps
25 MSR LEPAND/DELANOE/CHARLOUX/… Suzuki SST -112 Laps
26 PlusRace Compétition NAVARRETE/MONIER/JACOBY/BETELLI Suzuki SST -137 Laps
27 2CP Racing Bourgogne MAJASTRE/CHELI/PETITJEAN/SIMON Kawasaki SST -174 Laps
Not Classified:
28 Team Mongore 13 SANCHEZ/COULON/JUGNET/COULON Kawasaki EWC -319 Laps
Retired:
29 Honda Racing DA COSTA/FORAY/GIMBERT/… Honda EWC -101 Laps
30 Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers MAURIN/EGEA/ALARCOS Kawasaki EWC -174 Laps
31 ACRO Racing Team JEAN/GRIMBER/LUCAS Yamaha SST -309 Laps
32 Racing Team Sarazin MONGE/AUGER/MAJOR Kawasaki SST -318 Laps
33 Hall Motos 02 TANGRE/HEDELIN/DE CAROLIS/… Kawasaki SST -319 Laps
34 SERT PHILIPPE/DELHALLE/NIGON/CUDLIN Suzuki EWC -367 Laps
35 Motobox Kremer Racing GAZIELLO/SCHERRER/PAAVILAINEN Suzuki EWC -388 Laps
36 QERT CUDLIN/AL NAIMI/PRINZ/AL SULAITI Kawasaki SST -512 Laps
37 ECS1 MECENE/GERARD/MACCIO/AUBRY Kawasaki SST -521 Laps
38 Starteam PAM-Racing LUCAS/HARDT/LONGEARET Suzuki SST -571 Laps
39 RS Speedbikes Racing ALTENDORFER/BAUER/LA-WE/KOLLAN BMW EWC -588 Laps
40 YART MAXWELL/OLSON/JERMAN Yamaha EWC -609 Laps
41 Team Dunlop Motors Events PEPIN/LOUAULT/HUGOT/DEHAYE Suzuki SST -622 Laps
42 Team Racing + Oüi FM VIGNEAU/LE COQUEN/DUVIGNEAU/… Kawasaki SST -633 Laps
43 Traqueur Louit Moto 33 PERRET/MARCHAND/STARING Kawasaki SST -648 Laps
44 Team JCB Accelaration DUBRAY/MESLET/CAHAGNET/COHEN Kawasaki EWC -656 Laps
45 ECS2 BERCOT/NISHIJIMA/HERVEUX/… Kawasaki EWC -699 Laps
46 Amazone Fire REMY/TAKASUGI/DUPUY Suzuki SST -704 Laps

Source: FIM

  • Tomas

    Searched and searched for an English language site to find the dope on the latest version Metiss. A very impressive 9th!