This weekend was held the 2nd round of the World Endurance Championship: the 24h du Mans. The rainy tests gave way to the sun, an ideal time to ride and make the most of the bikes' capacity.
This year, it is the official Kawasaki n°11 motorcycle that wins after a fierce battle against Honda n°111 and the Susuki du Sert n°2. A race full of twists and turns: many falls and about fifteen retirements.
Of the 7 teams equipped with a Beringer braking system, 3 finished the race.
The three Bolliger team riders were able to stand up to the official teams. After 24h02 of intense racing, 827 laps and 26 pit stops, the Swiss crew managed to move up to 5th place in the overall classification. A very good performance that allowed them to reach 4th place in the World Endurance Championship.
The German team riding a Yamaha R1 celebrated its 20th anniversary at Le Mans! At the start on 32nd place, their objective in this race was to finish in the top 20 and they succeeded! After some problems (Gregory ORTIZ's crash and power failure of the headlights), the Motobox Kremer riders climbed to 15th place in the overall classification.
This second day of the World Endurance Championship allowed them to move into the first half of the ranking by reaching 14th place.
Webike Tati Team
The Beaujolais amateur team is no exception and also faces electronics and fuel tank problems during the race. Difficulties that made them lose nearly 30min, which is a nice fall in the ranking. But the very good work of the mechanics, drivers and the whole team allowed the Tati Team to finish the race in 27th place. Despite a difficult race, the team finished in a very good 13th place in the championship.
New riders and a demanding bike for this 2018-2019 season. Conditions that are not easy to start the championship. The difficulties begin on Saturday morning after the free test session where a water leak is detected and requires a complete engine change within 3 hours of the start. Thanks to the work of the mechanics, the bike is ready on time! A few hours after the start, Sébastien Le Grelle crashed, the bike seemed to have been repaired but the problems followed one another and the team lost a lot of time. After 7 hours of racing, Mototec EWC decided to give up. The team is 28th at the EWC but there are still 3 races left in the championship to get a few places in the ranking.
"Les 24h du Mans" is a challenging race that saw some of its participants give up after a few hours of racing. The championship is not finished yet, see you on May 11, 2019 in Slovakia for the next round of the World Endurance Championship.