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,