Josh hook, Freddy foray Y Mike di meglio have taken the 43rd edition of the 24 Hours Le Mans, the third episode of FIM World Endurance Championship 2019-2020 contested behind closed doors; no audience. With a total of 816 laps, the Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar and to Suzuki Endurance Racing Team in the Bugatti Circuit.
The FCC TSR Honda France already made history in 2018 by becoming the first Japanese team to achieve victory in the 24 Hours Le Mans.
The season 2019-2020 of FIM World Endurance Championship has continued this weekend with the dispute of the 43rd edition of the 24 Hours Le Mans, one of the most iconic endurance events in world motorcycling along with the Bol d’Or and the 8 Hours from Suzuka.
This test takes place in the Bugatti Circuit since 1978. And his creation was the response of the city of Le mans to move from Bol d’Or to Paul ricard after having hosted it since 1971 until 1977.
The Bugatti Circuit, owned by Automobile Club de l’Ouest, opened in September 1966 and the length of its runway was initially 4,422 kilometers – from 2008 It is 4,185 km. Three years later the first endurance motorcycle race in its history was held on its asphalt: ‘The 1000 kms’. Since 2000, also houses the French Grand Prix of the MotoGP World Championship.
Till the date, David Czech Y Daniel Ribalta They are the only Spanish winners of the 24 Hours of motorcycles; on 2005, 2017 Y 2019, Y 2006, respectively.
This third race of the FIM WEC 19-20, the first this year after starting the championship in mid-September with the 83rd edition of the Bol d’Or, has had a total of 38 registered teams.
Goodbye to Suzuka i Bol d’Or 2020; Hello Estoril
Rescheduled for November 1, the 43rd edition of The 8 Hours of Suzuka 2020However, they have been definitively canceled. As a result of strict entry restrictions to Japan, the vast majority of the paddock of the FIM World Endurance Championship It was not going to be able to travel to the country of the rising sun, so the 2020 edition has been canceled in pursuit of that of 2021. It is the first time that it has not been disputed since its creation in 1978.
Also, the Bol d’Or 2020, from September 19 to 20, it also falls off the calendar, but in its case because it cannot be performed with an audience. The test will return in 2021. Fortunately, the FIM has confirmed that a new rally replaces it: the 12 Hours from Estoril, which will be held on September 27th.
‘Dejavú’ by FCC TSR Honda France
Today, three different motorcycle manufacturers and three other different tire manufacturers were on the podium of the ‘24 Heures Motorcycles 2020‘: the binomial FCC TSR Honda France–Bridgestone, in the end winner; the tandem Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar–Michelin, runners-up, and the duo Suzuki Endurance Racing Team–Dunlop, third parties.
The FCC TSR Honda France already made history with Bridgestone on 2018 by becoming the first Japanese team to achieve victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The protagonists of the new feat? Josh hook, Freddy foray Y Mike di meglio; the latter replacing his compatriot Alan Techer. By the way, Spanish Arturo Tizon He was the reserve driver two seasons ago now.
The race was exciting and harrowing. Why? The unstable weather prevailing throughout the weekend, as well as the changing track conditions, have given the participating teams an extra pressure in this edition that will be remembered, without a doubt, for the extraordinary averages against him. Covid-19.
As for the weather, the rain that appeared in the final stages of the event has forced almost everyone to adopt risky measures with their tires in order to preserve or gain positions. To the victors, the Japanese of the FCC TSR Honda France, as well as Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar of our David Czech, it has been expensive. Not so at SERT, who ultimately lost the second step of the podium two hours after the end of the race when, after a crash, he lost the two laps that took out the official squad of the green brand.
The French event, by the way, has opened the World Endurance 2019-2020, as five of the six factory teams taking part in it are close together at the top of the provisional rankings less than a month after the title is decided in the new 12 Hours from Estoril, in Portugal.
Ducati, unfortunately, it is not in that group, and that the team ERC Endurance he has not done badly this weekend. In fact, the German team did their best to stay close to the leading group here. But unfortunately the problems have accumulated: they ran out of fuel, their pilots went to the ground more than once and on top of it their Panigale V4 R He experienced various technical problems that eventually culminated in his hasty goodbye at the end of the night due to an electrical problem.
BMW wins in Superstock with GERT56 by GS Yuasa
A team BMW has won for the first time this season in Superstock: the GERT56 by GS Yuasa, with the pilots Stefan kerschbaumer, Lucy glöckner Y Toni Finsterbusch.
The GERT56 by GS Yuasa has been imposed on two ‘classic’ structures of the category: the No Limits Motor Team and the Moto Ain. The latter, by the way, finished on the podium despite the fact that his riders suffered multiple crashes between yesterday and today. Likewise, he continues to lead the provisional classification, but the difference in points with respect to his most immediate pursuers in the table has been reduced to the minimum expression. And if we take into account that in Portuguese lands the points will be worth 150% more than usual …
The fourth and final test of the World Endurance 2019-2020 will be, as we said above, the 12 Hours from Estoril. The date, the September 27th in the Fernanda Pires da Silva Racetrack, formerly known as Autodromo do Estoril.
In this way, the neighboring country will have hosted this 2020 the MotoGP World Championship, that of SBK, the FIM CEV Repsol and the final round of EWC 19-20.
Classification 24 Hours Le Mans 2020
1. FCC TSR Honda France Honda (Honda), 816 laps.
2. Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar (Kawasaki), 814 laps.
3. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Suzuki), 813 laps.
4. YART-Yamaha (Yamaha), 811 laps.
5. VRD Igol Pierret Experiences (Yamaha), 799 laps.
8. GERT56 by GS Yuasa (BMW), 786 laps (STK).
This is how the 2020 Endurance World Cup goes
1. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Suzuki), 127 points.
2. FCC TSR Honda France (Honda), 87 points.
3. Yamalube Yamaha EWC Official Team by YART (Yamaha), 82 points.
4. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team (BMW), 82 points.
5. Team SRC Kawasaki France (kawasaki), 80 points.
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