2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Results | SERT Wins; Yamaha Takes Title

2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Results | Yamaha GMT 94 Takes Title

2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Results

The four-round 2014 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) headed to France this past weekend for the 37th running of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.

And taking the win at the Hours of Le Mans were the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) of Vincent Philippe, Anthony Dehalle and Erwan Nigon. The SERT team, which won the EWC title the past four years, took the checkered flag ahead of Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin and Monster Energy YART Yamaha, respectively.

When the points were tallied, Yamaha Racing GMT 94 would take the title with a total of 141 points, 37 ahead of SERT.

The team aboard the SERT GSX-R1000RR took the lead early on Saturday evening after multi-time Le Mans winners SRC Kawasaki crashed-out and was forced to retire. All together, the factory ZX-10R Ninja led 200 laps.

From there-on, SERT – under the guidance of long-term Manager Dominique Meliand – was never headed, adding an extra 10-points at each of the eight and 16-hour stages in the race; which gave the team a total of 60 points SERT reports.

SERT clocked-up a total of 812 laps, two ahead of newly-crowned World Champions Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin, despite SERT being given a ride-through penalty for an alleged pit-lane speed infringement, SERT reports.

When the race completed, SERT took 28 pit-stops, one more than Yamaha GMT and third-placed Monster Energy YART; fourth-placed Superstock race winners Qatar Endurance Racing Team took just 25 pit-ins.

Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin is the other star of this team race at Le Mans. At the top of the provisional leader board going in to the race, David Checa, Kenny Foray and Mathieu Gines stayed with the pace set by the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team at the front. The race did not start well for Christophe Guyot’s team after a touch and a crash for David Checa in the first lap, but after attacking hard for the rest of the race, Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin takes its second world crown ten years after its first FIM Endurance World Championship title in 2004.

Third at the finish, Monster Energy Yamaha YART was also a major protagonist in the show at Le Mans with Broc Parkes, Michael Laverty and Sheridan Morais. They clocked up some breathtaking laps but were held up somewhat by a crash on Sunday morning. The two first Superstocks took the checkered flag in 4th and 5th. Qatar Endurance Racing Team with Anthony West, Alex Cudlin and Mashel Al Naimi were in control throughout.

The FIM reports that the start of the race was almost unprecedentedly dramatic. A series of touches from the first lap sent several teams to the back of the field including Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin.

Then Sylvain Barrier on the Open BMW of Penz13.com Racing Team took the lead ahead of the Formula EWC heavy hitters. This BMW, which was not in contention for the title, finished 7th overall. The weather conditions played a major role as intermittent rain and a track that remained tricky during much of the race led to numerous changes of tires.

Following are some post-race quotes from the 24 Hours of Le Mans:

Vincent Philippe, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team rider: “I haven’t won here for 11 years and 2014 was a difficult year for SERT and for me. On Friday, we would never have fancied our chanced to win but we shall be back fighting in 2015.”

Erwan Nigon, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team rider: “It’s my first win in a 24 hour race. I’d like to give a special mention to the team, my fellow riders and all their hard work. The track was tricky and we managed to avoid the pitfalls.”

Anthony Delhalle, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team rider: “It’s really nice to win at home. I live just 15 minutes away from the circuit. I have been watching riders on the Bugatti since I was a kind. This is the third time I’ve tried for a win and it finally paid off.”

Dominique Méliand, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Team Manager: “It’s a bit early to talk about 2015 but this win at the end of the season will open a few doors for us. We have already received congratulations from Japan!”

David Checa, Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin rider: “That was a very tough race. I was on the ground after 24 seconds and I’m World Champion after 24 hours! We are champions without a win but we went for it in every race. That’s the most important thing.”

Mathieu Gines, Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin rider: “It’s been an extraordinary human adventure!”

Christophe Guyot, Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin team manager: “We knew the SERT was a tough opponent but we are all competitors so we kept on fighting till the end.”

Mashel Al Naimi, rider of the Qatar Endurance Racing Team’s Kawasaki: “It was my first win in a 24 hour race. I’d like to express my admiration for Anthony’s performance. He set a really high standard from the start.”

Anthony West, rider of the Qatar Endurance Racing Team’s Kawasaki: “I got a very good start but I never thought I would find myself ahead of all the EWC Formula guys. But if I’d known just now tough the race would be I’d have started off a bit more gently.”

Baptiste Guittet, Junior Team LMS Suzuki rider: “We were aiming for the title but I made a small mistake this morning which cost us two laps.”

Etienne Masson, Junior Team LMS Suzuki rider: “The QERT riders were in a class of their own. We couldn’t follow Anthony who rode a fabulous first relay.”

Gregg Black, Junior Team LMS Suzuki rider: “For me it’s been a successful season with the title in the French Superbike Championship and the Superstock World Cup.”

Sylvain Barrier, who signed the fastest lap of the race on the BMW of Penz13.com Racing Team: “It was fantastic. We had a perfect bike to ride. I got ahead at the start without a second thought. We were just there to prepare the BMW project or next year.”

2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Results:

294YAMAHA RACING – GMT 94 – MICHELINfrYAMAHA24h0m42s7792 laps50.0
37MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA – YARTatYAMAHA24h1m26s1168 laps43.0
455NATIONAL MOTOSfrHONDA24h2m16s23018 laps36.0
52TEAM R2CLfrSUZUKI24h1m54s51122 laps28.0
68TEAM BOLLIGER SWITZERLAND #8chKAWASAKI24h2m07s46838 laps30.0
746FLEMBBO LEADER TEAMfrKAWASAKI24h1m48s85546 laps21.0
850TEAM MOTORS EVENTS APRIL MOTOfrSUZUKI24h2m04s38547 laps16.0
1027TMC CITY BIKE TRT 27frSUZUKI24h2m33s06872 laps11.0
1137TEAM SPACE MOTO 37frSUZUKI24h1m25s48073 laps12.0
1214MACO RACING TEAMskYAMAHA24h1m34s85680 laps9.0
1371Image not foundYAMAHA24h2m01s41098 laps8.0
1451ECS2 – ECURIE CHRONO SPORT 2frKAWASAKI24h0m46s398113 laps7.0

2014 Endurance World Championship Final Point Standings:






1Yamaha Racing – GMT 94 – Michelinfr141.
2Suzuki Endurance Racing Teamfr104.
3Team Bolliger Switzerland #8ch100.
4National Motosfr80.
5SRC Kawasakifr72.
6Monster Energy Yamaha – YARTat70.
7Honda Racinggb63.
8Team Motors Events April Motofr60.
9Team R2CLfr54.
10Flembbo Leader Teamfr47.
11MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.jp35.035.0
12Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiersfr35.
13Team Space Moto 37fr34.
14Maco Racing Teamsk32.
15TMC City Bike TRT 27fr30.019.011.0
16Yoshimura SUZUKI Shell ADVANCEImage not found29.029.0
17Motobox Kremer Racing by Shell Advancede26.
18Team Kagayamajp25.025.0
19Monster Energy Yamaha with YSPImage not found21.021.0
20TOHO Racing with MORIWAKIjp18.018.0
21Honda Suzuka Racing Teamjp16.016.0
22Honda Team Asiajp14.014.0
23ECS2 – Ecurie Chrono Sport 2fr14.07.07.0
24Honda Kumamoto Racingjp10.010.0
25Team GREENImage not found9.09.0
26B P 2 R ENDURANCEImage not found8.08.0
27CONFIA Flex Motorrad 39Image not found7.07.0
28RS Speedbikes Racingde6.06.0
29Honda HAMAMATSU ESCARGOTImage not found6.06.0
30Team TrasImage not found5.05.0
31DOG FIGHT RACINGImage not found4.04.0
32Team38 PS-Kjp3.03.0
33Honda QCT Meiwa RacingImage not found1.01.0