Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 28 Apr 2014
SRC Kawasaki bagged victory in the prestigious Bol d’Or this weekend for the third year running after disaster struck for the Louth-based Honda Racing CBR team late in the race forcing them to retire.
The Honda Racing CBR squad, formerly Honda TT Legend, had signed up three big endurance racing names in Sebastian Gimbert, Freddy Foray and Julien da Costa for 2014 and the move clearly paid off with the squad taking an early lead in the race. SERT kept the Neil Tuxworth-run outfit honest, exchanging positions through pit-stops well into the night. However two crashes the team found themselves far back with damage beyond repair forcing them into retirement at the two thirds duration.
This left Honda in the lead by five laps, which they maintained until the twenty-one hour point when a gearbox sprocket broke on the #111 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP forcing them into retirement. Under new rules for 2014, the team still bag some points for leading the race at the 19 hour mark putting them in good stead for the 2014 Endurance World Championship.
Former winners, Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) faced a tough weekend as Australia’s Wayne Maxwell highsided the Yamaha R1 ruling the team out after just five hours. Maxwell broke his leg in the horrific crash.
After a tough start to the weekend with a crash ruling out star rider Matthieu Lagrive, SRC Kawasaki riders Gregory Leblanc and Nicolas Salchaud had to share duties come race day putting the team on the back foot from the start. A lot of hard work and a bit of luck in the shape of Honda, SERT and YART’s retirements saw the ZX10-R powered squad take victory by an impressive five laps ahead of Yamaha Racing France GMT94.
In third place was a sterling effort from the Junior Team LMS Suzuki, competing in the Superstock class ahead of Team Bollinger Switzerland and Motors Events April Moto. Guy Martin’s Team R2CL Suzuki finished seventh.
The EWC boys are back out in July in Japan for the Suzuka 8hr.
Bol d’Or 2014 Race Results: