Mega Gallery: 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans

04/17/2017 @ 1:44 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

We have a soft spot for the FIM Endurance World Championship series, here at Asphalt & Rubber.

Not only does the FIM EWC showcase several manufacturers, with strong race-winning potential each of the championship’s multiple iconic events, but it the series is the last great venue for a proper battle between the different tire brands.

Add to that the fact that the Endurance World Championship is comprised not only of endurance specialists, but also with some of the top names from motorcycle racing, both in factory and satellite teams, and it’s easy to find a reason to cheer for a particular entry.

The best part though might be the photography that comes from motorcycle racing, which often spans from daylight and into the darkness of night. This year’s 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans event was no different, and we have a bevy of photos to share with you from France.

As for results, after 800+ laps only 20 seconds separated the top two teams at Le Mans, with the French GMT94 Yamaha Factory Team besting its Austrian sister squad, the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), in the closing hours of the race.

No more than a single lap ever separated the two teams, through out the 24-hour race.

There was action further back in the pack as well, with the 24 Heures Motos seeing Team SRC Kawasaki crash early in the race, and then battling back to a third place finish.

The Honda Endurance Racing team also had to battle from adversity because of several technical issues in the race, clawing their way from 59th to ultimately posting an 11th place marker on the results sheet.

And the dominant force that is the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT)? It was a fourth place finish for SERT, as the continue to lead in the overall standings (just three points ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki), and defend their #1 plate.

GMT94 Yamaha France:

YART – Yamaha Austria Racing Team:

SERT- Suzuki Endurance Racing Team:

Honda Endurance Racing Team:

FIM Endurance World Championship:

Photos: FIM EWC, Honda Pro Racing, Suzuki Racing, & Yamaha Racing,

  • Kings of Beach

    Do the endurance bikes race on the full course or the Bugatti circuit?

  • MM

    Are SERT running the new GSX-R? Doesn’t look like it in the photos (kinda hard to tell though).

  • bollabing12

    Yup. That’s the new GSX-R.

  • n/a

    The short version.

  • n/a

    SERT did not use the new GSX-R.

    Strange though, the commentators claimed the junior team superstock new GSXR was faster in a straight line than the old superbike one SERT was using.

  • Max

    Not strange in fact. The SERT rides with the old GSX R for years, they know it by heart, they optimised it to the top. They received the new one to late to ride with enough development and reliability. FCC TSR did the same riding the old CBR, and they were right because the new one broke in every other team.

  • n/a

    Yoshimura have been developing the new one for a number of months, according to information I’ve seen. Seems like sert didn’t have a chance of winning, so if now isn’t a good time to further test and develop a new bike, when is?

  • Max

    During 8 hours races, for example. 24 hours of le Mans is the most important of all, and the most improving for bikes with Bol d’Or. While nobody cares for 8 hours of Oschersleben.

  • Yup. They run the Bugatti Circuit.