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Sep 19, 2013

Team SRC Kawasaki Fastest In First Practice At 24 Hours Of Le Mans

FIM Endurance World Championship: Team SRC Kawasaki (11). Photo by, courtesy of FIM.
FIM Endurance World Championship
Le Mans, France
September 19, 2013
Free Practice One Results (listed by best average times of all riders):

1. Team SRC Kawasaki (Gregory Leblanc/Fabien Foret/Axel Morin/Nicolas Salchaud), Superbike, Kaw ZX-10R, 1:38.183

2. Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube (David Checa/Kenny Forey/Matthieu Lagrive/Maxime Berger), Yam YZF-R1, Superbike, 1:38.540

3. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe/Julien Da Costa/Alex Cudlin), Suz GSX-R1000, Superbike, 1:38.704

4. Monster Energy Yamaha YART (Broc Parkes/Josh Hayes/Igor Jerman/Sheridan Morais), Yam YZF-R1, Superbike, 1:39.118

5. National Motos (Arturo Tizon/Gregory Junod/Olivier Four/David Perret), Hon CBR1000RR, Superbike, 1:39.681

6. BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent (Sebastien Gimbert/Sylvain Barrier/Jake Zemke/Josh Waters), BMW S1000RR, Superbike, 1:39.690

7. Team R2CL (Guy Martin/Dylan Buisson/Gwen Giabbani/Jimmy Storrar), Suz GSX-R1000, Superbike, 1:39.711

8. Team Bolliger Kawasaki (Horst Saiger/David Morillon/Julien Enjolras/Gaston Garcia), Kaw ZX-10R, 1:40.031

9. Honda TT Legends (Michael Rutter/Simon Andrews/John McGuinness/Michael Dunlop), Hon CBR1000RR, 1:40.224

10. Junior Team LMS Suzuki (Baptiste Guittet/Etienne Masson/Guillaume Dietrich/Nicolas Pouhair), Suz GSX-R1000, Superstock, 1:40.558

15. Frankes Autowelt Racing Team (Jason Pridmore/Pedro Vallcaneras/Steve Mercer/James Rispoli), BMW S1000RR, Superstock, 1:40.704

More, from a press release issued by FIM Endurance Press Office:

SRC Kawasaki tops Le Mans free practice ahead of Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube and SERT

Coming out of the free practice, Team SRC Kawasaki is looking good for a win at the 24 Hours Motorcycling Race at Le Mans. Winner of the last three editions of the event and also of this year’s Bol d’Or in April, the Kawasaki factory team is leading over the Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube. Towards the end of the session, Gregory Leblanc on the Kawasaki #11 went head to head with David Checa on the Yamaha #94. Gregory Leblanc shot the Kawasaki to the top of the timesheets with a 0.357 s lead over the Yamaha.

The two leaders are closely followed by the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (minus Anthony Delhalle, out of action with an injury) and Monster Energy Yamaha YART with new recruit Josh Hayes from the USA. These four factory teams are sitting within a single second and just ahead of the private Honda of National Motos and the BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent, still in search of its ideal crew. Sébastien Gimbert and Sylvain Barrier are now confirmed but both Jake Zemke of the USA and Josh Waters of Australia have been seen riding the bike. The choice will be made after the qualifiers.

Next in the top 10 coming out of the free practice are the Suzuki of Team R2CL, the Kawasaki of Bolliger Team Switzerland, the Honda TT Legends and, first Superstock for now, the Junior Team LMS Suzuki, ahead of the Yamaha of DG Sport Herock. The Japanese team SynergieForce TrickStar is calmly getting to know the Bugatti circuit and currently sitting in 24th.

The first qualifiers will start at the end of the afternoon. To clinch top spot on the starting grid, the teams will have to field a highly uniform crew, as the order is based on the average of the three official riders’ best times. There are 60 teams in the qualifiers but only 56 will make it on to the starting grid.
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