If you missed one of the twenty-four hours of the Bol d’Or endurance race held at Magny-Cours this year, don’t fret because the FIM has your back with this short highlight video. The famous French race is the first stop on the 2011 FIM World Endurance Championship, and once again the top podium spot has gone to Suzuki. The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) completed 814 laps with Vincent Philippe, Freddy Foray, and Anthony Delhalle at the helm of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 race bike.
Endurance races are a special bread of motorsport, with strategy and consistency playing a huge factor in the final outcome. Throw in constantly changing track conditions, the absence of the sun, and rider fatigue, and you’ve got a sport that tests man just as much as machine. As a side note, it is also a little strange to see a race bike with headlights, which just further adds to the mystique of this historic event. Check it out, along with photos and results, after the jump.
2011 World Endurance Championship: Bol d’Or Race Results:
1. SERT – Vincent Philippe, Freddy Foray, Anthony Delhalle (Suzuki GSX-R1000) – 814 laps
2. Team SRS Kawasaki – Julien Da Costa, Gregor Leblan, Olivier Four (Kawasaki) – 808 laps
3. BMW Motorrad France – Sebastien Gimbert, Damian Cudlin, Erwan Nigon (BMW) – 803 laps
4. Bolliger Team Switzerland – Horst Saiger, Roman Stamm, Jerome Tangre (Kawasaki) – 802 laps
5. Honda TT Legends – Steve Plater, John McGuiness, Keith Amor (Honda) – 796 laps
6. National Motors – Eme Jonchiere, Luc De Carolis, Etienne Masson (Honda) – 794 laps
7. YMES Folch Endurance – Bisch Ribalta, F Vallcaneras, Jose M Luis Rita (Yamaha) – 789 laps
8. Yamaha France GMT 94 – David Checa, Kenny Foray, Matthieu Largrive (Yamaha) – 785 laps
9. Metiss JLC Moto – Christoph Michel, Marc Fissette, Emman Cheron (Metiss) – 781 laps
10. T Motors Events Bo – Mathieu Gines, Vincent Bocquet, Emilien Humeau (Suzuki) – 779 laps
Source: Ultimate Motorcycling; Photos: SERT & Honda TT Legends