The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team claimed its fourth consecutive victory of the historic Bol d’Or. Celebrating its 75th anniversary running, the 24-hour contest is held at the Magny-Cours circuit and marks the opening round of the 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship. The SERT squad, based out of Le Mans, garnered the home soil after besting the SRC Kawasaki
by six laps.
Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Freddie Foray, claimed the fourth consecutive Bol d'Or victory for the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT).
The SERT trio of Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Freddie Foray nabbed an early advantage which was never relinquished during the 24-hour, 814 total lap marathon. For Phillipe it is the seventh career victory at Bol d’Or, tied for the all-time record. The SERT team also nearly eclipsed the 24-hour lap record of 815 at the French circuit.
Team SRC piloted the new Kawasaki ZX-10R
to second, with BMW Motorrad France 99 (803 laps) just nipping a second Kawaski squad, the privateer Bolliger Team Switzerland (802 laps) for the final rostrum position.
Making its World Endurance debut, the Honda TT Legends squad motored to a solid fifth – within site of the podium and the top-finishing Honda squad. As its name implies, Isle of Man TT
legends John McGuinness and Steve Plater worked alongside fellow TT vet, Keith Amor. The Trio managed 796 laps and benefitted from technical issues to the sixth-place National Motos squad (Honda) and the retirement of the Yamaha Endurance Racing Team.
Honda TT Legends John McGuinness gets his first taste of FIM Endurance at Bol d'Or. Hey, where are the all the people, fence posts and brick walls!
“I’m pretty happy with that to be honest,” said McGuinness on the fifth-place result. “It’s strange really because we were so close to the podium and it would have been great to get there, but we’ve got to be realistic with ourselves. We’re a brand new team and top five at world level in the first championship race is absolutely brilliant.”
The next round of the FIM Endurance World Championship will take place on Saturday May 21, at the 8 Hours of Albacete in Spain.
2011 24-Hours Bol d’Or Results:
1. SERT: Vincent Philippe, Freddy Foray, Anthony Delhalle (Suzuki) 814 laps
2. Team SRC Kawasaki: Julien Da Costa, Gregor Leblan, Olivier Four (Kawasaki) 808 laps
3. BMW Motorrad France 99: Sebastien Gimbert, Damian Cudlin, Erwan Nigon (BMW) 803 laps
4. Bolliger Team Switzerland: Horst Saiger, Roman Stamm, Jerome Tangre (Kawasaki) 802 laps
5. Honda TT Legends: Steve Plater, John McGuiness, Keith Amor (Honda) 796 laps
6. National Motos: Eme Jonchiere, Luc De Carolis, Etienne Masson (Honda) 794 laps
7. YMES Folches Endurance: Bisch Ribalta, F Vallcaneras, Jose M Luis Rita (Yamaha) 789 laps
8. Yamaha France GMT: David Checa, Kenny Foray, Matthieu Largrive (Yamaha) 785 laps
9. Metiss JLC Moto: Christoph Michel, Marc Fissette, Emman Cheron (Metiss) 781 laps
10. T Motors Events Bo: Mathieu Gines, Vincent Bocquet, Emilien Humeau (Suzuki) 779 laps
2011 FIM Endurance World Championship Points:
1. SERT, 35
2. SRS Kawasaki, 28
3. BMW Motorrad, 22
4. Bolliger Switzerland, 18
5. Honda TT Legends, 15
6. National Motos, 14
7. YMES Folch, 13
8. Yamaha France GMT, 11