2019 24 hueres Motos at Le Mans Bugatti CircuitThe second round of the 2019 FIM Endurance World Championship wrapped up this past Easter weekend at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit with one of the closest finishes in the series’ history.The 42nd edition of the 24 hueres Moto at Le Mans came down to a close duel between the Team SRC Kawasaki (ZX-10R Ninja piloted by Jérémy Guarnoni, David Checa and Erwan Nigon) and Honda Endurance Racing (CBR1000RR Fireblade piloted by Randy de Puniet, Yonny Hernández and Sébastien Gimbert).
Team SRC Kawasaki claimed the win – by just over a minute (1:00.550) over Honda Endurance Racing. Both of these teams completed 839 laps. Taking the final podium was the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black), which completed 838 laps.Following is from the official report:Team SRC Kawasaki France carried the day thanks to Jérémy Guarnoni, David Checa and Erwan Nigon’s determination to shake off Honda Endurance Racing’s Randy de Puniet, Yonny Hernández and Sébastien Gimbert.Their amazing duel overshadowed a third-place finish by Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, who got back on the podium for their team manager Dominique Meliand’s last-ever 24 Heures Motos. The Suzuki’s riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black finished in practically the same lap as the duo in the lead.Wepol Racing (Yamaha), Bolliger Team Switzerland (Kawasaki), 3ART-Moto Team 95 (Yamaha) and National Motos (Honda) also pulled off praiseworthy performances to finish 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th respectively, more than 10 laps behind the three squads leading the race at a scorching pace.Thanks to their win, and the fact of staying in command of the race from the 4th hour to the finish, Team SRC Kawasaki France have gone to the top of the provisional standings of the 2018-2019 FIM EWC, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.Reigning champions F.C.C. TSR Honda France, who got to Le Mans as standings leader, have lost a big chunk of points. Two crashes had the Japanese team plunging to the bottom of the rankings. F.C.C. TSR Honda France finished the 24 Heures Motos in 35th place.