Kawasaki SRC Wins 24 Hour Bol d’Or
2012 Endurance World Championship Results
The 2012 Endurance World Championship began this past weekend at Magny Cours, France, for the 76th running of the Bol d’Or.
And after 24 hours of intense battling, Kawasaki SRC (Pirelli tires) took the win after beating the reigning Endurance World Championship (EWC) title holder, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) (Dunlop tires).
The French Kawasaki SRC team would take the win by a mere 1:41.055 over the SERT team during race held under cold and wet conditions. When the race was complete, the ZX-10R riders – Julien Da Costa, Gregory Leblanc and Olivier Four – would complete 781 laps.
Gilles Stafler (Kawasaki SRC Team Manager) says: “We fought with an incredible pace during most of the race, despite the really poor conditions. I would like to thank all the team for this fantastic result, not only the riders, because today it’s the victory of the whole team.
“Of course Julien Da Costa, Grégory Leblanc and Olivier Four have done an incredible job. It was a really tough race and we were ready for the difficult conditions, but I think that the biggest contributor to our success has been that we didn’t make any mystake during the race.”
The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s effort was impressive, considering the team that started on the pole completed the race with only two riders – Anthony Delhalle and Fabien Foret. The third rider, Vincent Philippe, crashed after five hours, breaking his collar bone.
Anthony Delhalle (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team GSX-R 1000) says: “It was really difficult, but after Vincent’s unfortunate crash at the beginning of the race, Fabien and me pushed really hard for the win as we wanted the victory. But we are happy for the Championship with the points from today, so a good start for the season.”
Taking the final podium position was the Monster Energy Yamaha YART team (Michelin tires) of Igor Jerman, Steve Martin and Gwen Giabbani.
As for the Honda TT Legends team of 17-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, Cameron Donald, and Simon Andrews, it took sixth after suffering a nasty high-side with Donald at the controls.
As per EWC rules, Donald pushed the Honda CBR1000RR back to the pits, where the team repaired the damage, allowing the machine to finish.
With the win, the Kawasaki SCR team now leads the Endurance World Championship after one of five rounds with 40 points, seven ahead of SERT.
The next round will be at Qatar for the 8 Hours of Doha June 9.
2012 Endurance World Championship: Bol d’Or Results:
1. SRC Kawasaki (Kawasaki) 781 laps
2. SERT (Suzuki GSX-R1000) + 1:41.055
3. Monster Yamaha YART + 5 laps
4. Yamaha GMT 94 (Yamaha) + 55.264
5. Yamalube Folch Endurance (Yamaha) + 16 laps
6. Honda TT Legends (Honda) + 34 laps
7. Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers (BMW) + 45 laps
8. Team Dunlop Motor (Suzuki GSX-R1000) + 51 laps
9. Team R2CL (Suzuki GSX-R1000) + 54 laps
10. SH Technologie SCR (BMW) + 59 laps
2012 Endurance World Championship Points (After 1 of 5 rounds):
1. SRC Kawasaki (Kawasaki) 40
2. SERT (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 33
3. Monster Yamaha YART 28
4. Yamaha GMT 94 (Yamaha) 24
5. Yamalube Folch Endurance (Yamaha) 21