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Moto Endurance – The Le Mans 24 hrs18.04.2017

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Another podium in the Sarthe region

Like the Bol d’Or in September, the Kawasaki SRC team once again made it to the podium at the finish of the 24 Hours Motorcycles organized on the Le Mans circuit.

 

For their second and final race of the 2016/2017 season, the Kawasaki SRC team once again played the leading role. Having entered only for the two 24-hour events of the Endurance World Championship – the Bol d’Or and the 24 Hours Motos – Gilles Staffler’s team took third place at Le Mans after finishing second on the Paul Ricard circuit. Two podiums that now mean the SRC holds second place in the overall standings only three points behind the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team. Victorious last year in the Sarthe region, this time the Kawasaki #11 came up against the two Yamahas of the GMT 94 and YART teams. Lead by Randy de Puniet, Fabien Foret and Mathieu Gines, the SRC’s ZX-RR had nevertheless won the pole position during the practice test sessions, thanks to the best time ever of Randy de Puniet in 1’35″73. Leading at the end of his first stint, the former Grand Prix rider unfortunately had a slight fall just before nightfall.

I was able to quickly get back on because the bike only had a broken lever, But it still cost us three laps.

Randy de Puniet

Fighting hard to get back to first place, the Kawasaki riders were once again delayed by lighting problems and a speed selector that had to be replaced.

But what handicapped us most was not having suitable tyres for the new track surface. Especially during the night, we weren’t able to keep the pace we could have. We were there to win but unfortunately that wasn’t to be.

Gilles Staffler

The next appointment for the Kawasaki SRC team is on 16 and 17 September at the Paul Ricard circuit for a new edition of the Bol d’Or.

18.04.2017

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