After 4 p.m.: YART’s night drivers lose their lead over the EWC at Le Mans after a crash

After 4pm: Yart's Night Riders lose lead at Le Mans Ewc after crashYamalube YART Yamaha EWC official teamDomination of the season-opening 24 Heures Motos of the FIM Endurance World Championship is over after a heavy crash for Karel Hanika just when it looked like the 16-hour points lead would be secured.

YART riders have claimed 2023 EWC title gold Niccolo Canepa, Marvin Fritz And Karel Hanika were four laps ahead of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance team three of Sylvain Guintoli, Illya Mykhalchyk And Markus Reiterberger before the final eight hours of unmissable EWC racing gets underway.

Just like after eight hours, points were awarded to the top 10 in both Formula EWC and Superstock after 16 hours of action. But it was Yoshimura SERTMotul which took home the 10 points for taking an unlikely lead as BMW completed an extended pit stop and YART mechanics spent 18 minutes repairing the damaged #1 Yamaha.

The Suzuki-powered Yoshimura SERT Motul was relegated Kawasaki Webike Trickstar for third place shortly after 3 a.m. while charging, recovered after a traction control problem caused Greg Blackcrashing towards the end of the third hour.

The YART, BMW and Kawasaki teams were classified second, third and fourth respectively after 16 hours, although YART subsequently dropped to fourth place.

Honda powered Tati team Beringer Racing is fifth behind the postponed YART team, leaving five different engine manufacturers in the top five after 4 p.m.

Team Bolliger Switzerland ranks sixth among Formula EWC teams, followed by BMRT3D maxxess Neverswhich will grow to the highest level of the EWC in 2024.

Motobox Kremer Racing is eighth with its all-German driver line-up, followed by F.CC TSR Honda Francewho then continues to fight back Mike Di Meglios heavy crash in the second hour. Wojcik Racing Team EWC was the 10th best Formula EWC team after 16 hours.

After coming third on Saturday evening, KM99 dropped out of contention due to long pit stops shortly before and after midnight. Maco Racing was delayed by a crash at 3:22 am.

Superstock superstars led by National Motos Honda
After leading for eight hours and scoring 10 points, the FIM Endurance World Cup became polesitter National Motos Honda took a further 10 points by moving 16 hours ahead in the Dunlop-equipped Superstock division after a strong performance from the French squad’s riders Guillaume Raymond and the Suchet brothers Sébastien and Valentin. “It’s hard to ride, but our goal is to finish so we don’t push,” Sebastien Suchet said.

Chromeburner-RAC41-Honda continues to occupy second place 3ART The best of cyclingfrom fifth place after eight hours to third place at 16 hours. The Yamaha team benefited from a crash at the end of the race Team Slider Stamina and a delay for Team Aviobike from M2 Revomaking the Aprilia its EWC return this season.

Tecmas-MRP-BMW racing team then fought back to fourth place in the class Hannes Soomercrashed heavily at 10:35 p.m. Behind the recovering Team Aviobike by M2 Revo, Junior team Le Mans Sud Suzuki is sixth with EWC newcomer TCP racing seventh despite crashing at 5:36 am. JMA Racing action bike is the next best-placed permanent Superstock team, followed by TRT27AZ Moto And Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostorewhich was delayed by a heavy crash at 4:16 am.

ADSS97S the pursuit of a top 10 finish ended in the 15th hour after an engine failure. Team Etoilewhich is participating in the EWC for the first time, came third in its class Yudai Kameicrashed through Garage Vert corner at high speed at 4.43am. Honda No Limits had to retire at 2am after an earlier crash Alexis Masbou. Team players, Team 202 And Wojcik Racing Team STK all lost time with crashes, including two for Gino Reawho returns to racing after being seriously injured in a crash while practicing for the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours. The Honda-powered Wójcik team has also been delayed by electronic problems.

Alt: Honda Viltaïs Racing did not “deserve” early retirement
Florian Alt
said his Honda Vitaïs Racing team “did not deserve” the engine failure that robbed it of a possible podium place in the second hour of the 24 Heures Motos. The best independent team in the FIM Endurance World Championship was in third place during the early stages of the race.

“I’m really not happy because we didn’t deserve it, we had no problems during the test, we had no problems last year and this time it was material we didn’t have in our hands,” said the German rider Alt. “I’m really sorry for the engineers, they did a great job. They rebuilt the engine in two hours to try to keep going, but basically that was impossible. We were so fast, it was just bad luck, but we will definitely be back.”

Title-winning Team 33 Louit April Moto is unlucky
There was early disappointment for that Team 33 Louit April Motowhich was in the middle of defending its FIM Endurance World Cup title at Le Mans, but was forced to retire shortly after 7:30 p.m. due to a mechanical failure. Guillaume Antigapart of its four-strong Kawasaki-powered line-up, said: “After the crash of my teammate Flavio (Ferroni), the radiator is broken and the engine temperature is too high and it is not possible to continue the race.”

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