EWC 24 Heures Motos: Yoshimura SERT wins the event after a near perfect race!

Only a tiny fuel shortage some fifty meters from his crate prevents us from writing that the Yoshimura SERT Motul team ran THE perfect race during these Motorcycles 24 Hours 2022!

Otherwise, the official red and black GSX-R has completely dominated this first race of the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship, which has allowed it to Gregg Black, Xavier Siméon and Sylvain Guintoli to regain their place on the top step of the podium, as they did last year.

Between about thirty seconds lost at the exit of the Yamaha YZF-R1 #7 du YART – Official Yamaha EWC Teama safety car that gives Suzuki a small advantage, one less refueling and a finely oiled team, Various factors allowed Suzuki to play cat and mouse with Yamaha and maintain a one-lap lead over the latter. At the arrived. And all the more so since, from the point of view of pure performance, Hamamatsu’s machine had nothing to envy to Iwata’sas evidenced by race lap record of 1’36.195 achieved by Gregg Black.

great team work damien saulnier et yohei cato who show their know-how in a discipline where the smallest grain of sand ruins the work of an entire team: a big BRAVO!

1’45 behind, the Yamaha YZF-R1 #7 du YART – Official Yamaha EWC Team is far from undeserved, but this annoying reoccurring starting issue related to Magneti Marelli Superbike electronics requiring power that the battery has trouble delivering, plus some refueling that can be improved, ultimately prevented him from fighting for the final victory. . We can well imagine the frustration of Karel Hanika, Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepaalthough the great points scored in the Sarthe will necessarily be important when doing the year-end accounts…

Frustration also for the Honda CBR1000RR-R #5 du FCC TSR Honda France which ended after 14 laps in the hands of Josh Hook, Gino Rea and Mike DiMeglioafter problems with the gear lever, the exhaust pipe and finally a shot by Gino Rea. But there he starts to do a lot to be able to win, since endurance races have become 24-hour sprints…

On the other hand, one can greatly applaud the victory of the “firefighters” in Superstockthe Yamaha YZF-R1 #18 of Team 18 CMS Motostore Firefighters ending fully in 4th place overall ! A final position snatched by the force of the wrist by the trio Hugo Clere, Baptiste Guitter and Philipp Steinmayr in the face of fierce opposition from the Suzuki #44 Unlimited Motor Team in the same round, as well as Honda National Motorcycles #55 and the Kawasaki #33 Louie Motorcycle a little more at the end of the race after having valiantly fought for the command of the category.

I respect all the participants, from the first to the last, for having faced the extreme adventure that a 24-hour race represents, and see you on June 4 and 5 in Spa-Francorchamps for the rematch!

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