2014 Bol d’Or 24-hour Qualifying ResultsThe 2014 FIM Endurance World Championship began this week with qualifying for round 1 of 6 – the Bol d’OR 24-Hour race at Magny Cours, France.
The Honda Racing team (CBR1000RR Fireblade) with its new rider lineup – Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Sebastien Gimbert – took the pole Friday ahead of Yamaha GMT94 (YZF-R1) and current world champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) (GSX-R 1000).The second and final qualifying session Friday was held under damp conditions, leaving the riders no chances of improving on Thursday’s lap times. This resulted in Honda Racing taking the top time with its Thursday time.On Friday, Honda Racing did participate, making good use of da Costa and Gimbert’s 20-minute sessions to carry out fuel and tire tests. As for Foray, he didn’t participate so he could rest his injured rib.The Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin team of David Checa, Kenny Foray and Mathieu Gines were a mere 0.007 of a second off Honda Racing’s time.As for SERT riders Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Erwan Nigon, they finished 0.117 of a second backThe 78th Bol d’Or 24-hour race will begin at 15.00 CEST Saturday. Live timing and a live stream is available via the FIM website.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!