Motorcycle Racing News 8 Hours of Doha: GMT 94 Yamaha Report

8 Hours of Doha: GMT 94 Yamaha Report


FIM Endurance Motorcycle Racing

The following is from Yamaha GMT 94 Team Manager Christophe Guyot of France. On Sunday, the team finished 14th in the final race of the FIM World Endurance Championship, the 8 Hours of Doha at Qatar. Overall, the team finished in eight position

The 2010 season did not end the way we were hoping. David Checa fell after five laps of racing and returned a badly-damaged bike back to the garage. Repairs on the swing arm, gas tank, wire harness, foot pegs, handlebars, fairing bracket, bodywork and seat took almost 40 min. to complete.

A couple of hours later, the bike was further damaged when David fell again. Fortunately, he was not hurt in either incident. In the eight years he has been racing with YAMAHA FRANCE GMT 94 IPONE, David has only fallen four times in a race (Vallelunga 2003, Bol d’Or 2004) so who can blame him? David is very disappointed in himself but has the full support of the entire team for everything he has given us over the years.

Matthieu Lagrive showcased his talent and confirmed his reputation in his debut race with GMT. He never gave up and completed some impressive relays on our Yamaha. Kenny Foray also put in a solid performance, combining regularity and speed. The last bit of hardship fell on him as he experienced an unidentified vibration 5 min. before the end of the race and chose to push the bike across the finish line rather than break something. We will investigate upon our return to Europe.

We finished the race in 14th place and the 2010 World Endurance Championship in eighth position on the final rankings.

Finally, we would like to say a big “thank you” to MICHELIN for stepping in and supplying us with fantastic tires at the Bol d’Or and in Qatar. Their superior product significantly improved our performance level and have made us competitive again. We are disappointed that we were not able to produce results matching the quality of the tires supplied by the French manufacturer and that of our Yamaha.

We will obviously strive to do better in 2011.

Christophe Guyot

Yamaha GMT 94

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone 100th Anniversary First Look

Back in December, we gave you a first look at the new 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 lineup. The big news was an increase in...

2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Look (11 Fast Facts)

The 2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber enjoys a wide range of updates that include functional and aesthetic. The changes are, in part, to meet Euro...

2021 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS RC First Look (9 Fast Facts)

The 2021 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS RC is the new flagship of the urban-brawling Dragster lineup. The RC stands for Reparto Corse, and...

2022 Triumph Bonneville T100 First Look (9 Fast Facts)

The Triumph Bonneville T100 gets a more powerful and higher-revving motor for 2022,  along with a lighter chassis and upgraded suspension as the British...

2022 Triumph Street Twin First Look (7 Fast Facts)

The best-selling Triumph Street Twin is back with motor changes to meet Euro 5 standards, upgraded styling, and a classy new variant. Let’s take...

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250: 150 HP ADV [17 Fast Facts]

Harley-Davidson officially unveiled Monday its all-new adventure touring motorcycles, the 2021 Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special. The Motor Company released all the...