French Superbike: Debise Makes History At Le Mans

French Superbike: Debise Makes History At Le Mans

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By French Superbike Championship organizers:

TWO CATEGORIES AND TWO DOUBLES, A FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF FSBK-FE

LE MANS

In the presence of the President of the FFM, Sébastien Poirier, the first stage of the French Championship organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest under the aegis of the FFM will remain engraved in the annals with a stratospheric performance by a supercharged Valentin Debise on the Bugatti Circuit of Le Mans!

 

Valentin Debise on the French Superbike podium at Le Mans. Photo courtesy Valentin Debise.
Valentin Debise on the French Superbike podium at Le Mans. Photo courtesy Valentin Debise.

 

SUPERBIKE 

COURSE 1: UNBELIEVABLY DEBISE

The top category riders start in the absence of Kenny FORAY (BMW Tecmas – Michelin), forced to stand on the pits following a mechanical incident at the start of the warm-up lap.

When the lights go out, Valentin DEBISE (Kawasaki Twist Ring Racing – Dunlop) sets the tone! His neat start from pole position allowed him to gain the advantage and prance in the lead without rival…

In second place at the start of the race, Axel MAURIN (Yamaha CMS – Michelin) saw Mathieu GINES (Yamaha Tech Solutions – Michelin) rise with the knife between the teeth. In the 5th  round, the champion of France to grant the 2nd  place at the expense of the driver of the No. 89 Yamaha. Now the 3rd rank, Axel MAURIN must deal with Alan TECHER (BMW Tecmas – Michelin) and Gregory LEBLANC (Ducati – Pirelli) determined to thwart the plans of the resident of Team CMS.

In the 10th  round, a drop occurs in the chasing group: Gregory LEBLANC is down! Fortunately, he gets up in stride without gravity.

We also observe Alan TECHER to make a mistake and go down in the standings. The driver of the BMW No. 5 succeeds however to stay on track and limited the damage in the 8th rank.

The gaps widened between DEBISE, GINES and MAURIN during the 2nd part of the race. After going it alone during the 17 laps, DEBISE won with nearly 10 seconds in advance. A first big victory in the Championship! GINES confirms its 2nd  place ahead of MAURIN. At the foot of the podium, Morgan BERCHET (Yamaha – Dunlop) signs a very nice return to the French Superbike Championship.

At the 5th  place overall, the pilot Challenger Martin RENAUDIN (Yamaha Motorcycles & GPAddict – Pirelli) begins the season in style with first place in the category for young drivers. On the 2nd  step of the podium Challenger Alan AGOGUE (Yamaha – Dunlop) is illustrated after starting from the 15th place on the grid with a beautiful 10th scratch place. Valentin SUCHET (Suzuki LMS – Bridgestone), meanwhile, completed the podium.
It should be noted that Guillaume ANTIGA (Honda – Michelin), the fastest driver in the category during practice, fell on the second lap but nevertheless managed to get back on the track. After being left at the end of ranking, the driver of the No. 26 Honda graced the paddock of a “remontada” to conclude the race in 13th  spot.

RACE 2: IMPERIAL DEBISE

No doubt, Valentin DEBISE (Kawasaki Twist Ring Racing – Dunlop) is “the man of the weekend” on the track of the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans! From the first lap, he goes on quick laps and evolves alone in the lead to conclude this first stage of the French Championship with a double in the premier category!

After having signed an excellent start, Kenny FORAY (BMW Tecmas – Michelin) is second in the 2nd lap, however, he does not manage to maintain the pace. The reigning vice-champion was gradually overtaken by Mathieu GINES (Yamaha Tech Solutions – Michelin), Axel MAURIN (Yamaha CMS – Michelin) and Alan TECHER (BMW Tecmas – Michelin) who took turns winning the rider of the BMW n ° 78. In 6th and 7th position, Gregory LEBLANC (Ducati – Pirelli) and Matthieu LUSSIANA (Yamaha – Dunlop) are in ambush!

Before the halfway point, LEBLANC gave a fruitful thrust on FORAY then put pressure on TECHER. Behind GINES, the MAURIN – TECHER – LEBLANC trio is extremely compact. Two laps from the checkered flag, the pilot of BMW n ° 5 gained the advantage over MAURIN, but the latter did not let himself be left behind.

The hierarchy will not change at the finish line for the top 2. Behind the rider of the Kawasaki n ° 153, GINES demonstrates its rigor and consolidates the second place ahead of TECHER. On the other hand, we find LEBLANC who finished at the foot of the podium after having taken the best from MAURIN in the last moments of the race. Slower in the second half of the race, Foray back down in the ranking to 11th position.

As for the Challenger riders, Martin RENAUDIN (Yamaha Moto & GPAddict – Pirelli) contains the assaults of Guillaume ANTIGA (Honda – Michelin) to the end and climbs once again on the top step of the podium. On the 3rd step of the podium, paddock Alan finds AGOGUE (Yamaha – Dunlop).

In the provisional, DEBISE is in the lead with 52 points ahead of GINES (40 points) and MAURIN (27 points).

As a challenger, RENAUDIN is in the lead with 52 points ahead of AGOGUE (36 points) and ANTIGA (33 points).

SUPERSPORT 600

RACE 1: DEBISE GETS THE HOLE

Despite the good start of Valentin DEBISE (Kawasaki – Pirelli), it was the Challenger rider Ludovic CAUCHI (Yamaha – Pirelli) who concluded the first lap in the lead followed very closely by the Kawasaki rider n ° 153. Hugo CLERE (Yamaha – Pirelli), meanwhile, remains in the wake of the two men.

After 2 laps, DEBISE sets its pace and widens the gap, leaving CLERE and CAUCHI in discussion for the rest of the podium. These last two protagonists are then joined by Supersport Challenger riders Charles CORTOT (Yamaha – Dunlop) and Tom BERCOT (Yamaha – Pirelli). The quartet then began a crossover where the duo CAUCHI – CLERE detaches, leaving BERCOT the 4th  rank and CORTOT the 5th , both separated by a few meters…

Consistent and efficient, DEBISE scores a first victory with more than 4 seconds ahead of its pursuers. At the end of his fierce battle against CLERE, CAUCHI retains the 2nd  place with a lead on the finish line and finishes on the top step of the Challenger podium. CLERE therefore wins the 3rd  spot.

Scratch off the podium, BERCOT be satisfied with his victory over CORTOT which ranks 5th. These last two finish respectively 2nd  and 3rd  on the Challenger podium.

There is also the strong performance of the pilot Challenger Matthew GREGORIO (Yamaha – Michelin) ranks 6th  to the 3rd Supersport driver of the race: Cédric TANGRE (Triumph – Michelin).

RACE 2: DEBISE ON A CLOUD

True to himself, the untenable Valentin DEBISE (Kawasaki) signs a superb start and kills the suspense from the start! The Albigensian, excited, wins the victory with more than 14 seconds ahead of his pursuers.

For the second step of the podium, the Challenger rider Ludovic CAUCHI (Yamaha – Pirelli) and his best opponent of the day in Supersport Hugo CLERE (Yamaha – Pirelli) do not count their efforts. Literally neck and neck, both drivers saw Cedric Tangre (Triumph – Michelin) back in their wake to fight the 3 rd spot. After a long debate, the Challenger driver once again takes the best of CLERE and finishes second. TANGRE, with only a few tenths behind, concludes at the foot of the podium.

From the 5th to 9th place, the paddock was able to attend a fierce battle between Tom BERCOT (Yamaha -Pirelli) Kevin LONGEARET (Yamaha – Dunlop), Charles CORTOT (Yamaha – Dunlop), Kilian AEBI (Suzuki – Pirelli) and Adrien ROLLET (Yamaha – Dunlop).

Finally, the hierarchy remains unchanged, BERCOT and CORTOT complete the Challenger podium.

In the provisional, DEBISE is in the lead with 52 points ahead of CAUCHI (40 points) and CLERE (32 points).

In Challenger, CAUCHI is in the lead with 51 points ahead of BERCOT (41 points) and CORTOT (32 points).

GRAND PRIX OBJECTIVE- PRE MOTORCYCLE 3

RACE 1: MIZERA AT THE TAQUET!

Always as fast as the day before, Amaury MIZERA (Beon Yamaha) made a very good start to the race which allowed him to take the lead and widen a comfortable gap over the rest of the competitors on the field. Unsurprisingly at the end of the race, he won with nearly 30 seconds ahead of his first competitor in Pre-Moto3 Leandro QUINTANS SANS (Beon Yamaha)

It was precisely with QUINTANS SANS and Mathis FARGIER (KTM RC4R ) that it is necessary to turn to attend a muscular exchange for the podium. However, FARGIER seems to have a mechanical problem and comes down in the classification at the end of the race. Quintans WITHOUT then ranks 2nd  in front Mathéo ROMAN (KTM RC4R) that inherits from the 3rd  spot.

RACE 2: SECOND VICTORY FOR MIZERA

Always at ease, Amaury MIZERA (Beon Yamaha) once again demonstrates his leadership on the handlebars of the Beon Yamaha n ° 111. He takes off from the start of the race and sets a pace that he is the only one to keep up. He finished king with more than 34 seconds ahead of his first competitor in OGP.

Leandro QUINTANS SANS (Beon Yamaha), meanwhile, finished 2nd . The battle rages on for 3rd place in the category. Rémy SANJUAN (KTM RC4R) got out of the game and completed the podium leaving Mathéo ROMAN (KTM RC4R) and Enzo SIRE (Moriwaki) in 4th and 5th place in the OGP.

In the provisional, MIZERA is in the lead with 52 points ahead of QUINTANS SANS (40 points) and ROMAN and SANJUAN, both tied with 29 points.

NSF 250

RACE 1: FACE TO FACE BETWEEN MARIUS AND GIABBANI

The 2020 OGP Pre-Moto3 French Champion, Clément GIABBANI (Honda), has to face Henry MARIUS (Honda) for the victory! The two pilots are neck and neck to try to win until the very last laps where MARIUS proves his good form and wins.

Clément GIABBANI finished second. The 3rd  driver category Ilan PERON (Honda) did not finish the race.

RACE 2: GIABBANI WINNER

Revenge and opportunist, Clément GIABBANI (Honda) took advantage of a mechanical problem which led Henry MARIUS (Honda) to stop the debate after 2 laps to win in the NSF 250 category.

Ilan PERON (Honda) up logically on the 2nd step of the podium.

Provisional, GIABBANI is in the lead with 46 points ahead of HENRY (26 points) and PERON (20 points).

SUPERSPORT 300

COURSE 1: NEGRIER OF THE HEAD AND SHOULDERS

After being injured, Alexis BOUDIN (Yamaha – Michelin), despite being second in the timed practice, and Anatole BEAUPERE (Kawasaki – Pirelli), who only took part in free practice, were unable to start the race.

It is therefore serene that the poleman Alexy NEGRIER (Yamaha – Pirelli) takes control from the start of the race and begins to widen the gap on the duo Adrien QUINET (Kawasaki – Pirelli) – Paul CAILLOL (Kawasaki – Pirelli). The latter fell in the Dunlop chicane and let QUINET take second place.

However, a hunting group made up of Gabin CAZARD (Yamaha – Pirelli), Diego PONCET (Kawasaki – Pirelli) and Lucas SASSONE (Yamaha FT Racing Academy – Michelin), quickly came back to Adrien QUINET.

After 4 laps of the race, CAZARD relegates QUINET to second place. After a few laps, CAZARD widens a timid gap on his pursuers. QUINET, SASSONE and PONCET then exchange multiple passes to complete the podium.

“Head and shoulders” are the words used by Jean-Claude BRUNEAU, the speaker of the French Championship, to describe the domination of NEGRIER! He finished victorious with more than 11 seconds ahead of CAZARD and SASSONE. Quinet and Poncet rank respectively 4th  and 5th .

Note the strong performance of the first representative of the fairer sex, Line OLD (FT Yamaha Racing Academy – Michelin), who concluded the race in 6th  place.

In Challenger, it’s very tight for the podium! At the end of the race, Ludovic AMOURET (Kawasaki – Pirelli) made the difference and won ahead of Fergus CHRETIENNOT (KTM – Pirelli) and Lucas LINXE (Kawasaki – Pirelli).

RACE 2: FIRST VICTORY FOR QUINET

And let’s go for 12 laps, with notably a very good start for Alexy NEGRIER (Yamaha – Pirelli) ahead of Gabin CAZARD (Yamaha – Pirelli) and Adrien QUINET (Kawasaki – Pirelli). Kawasaki n ° 93 quickly gained the upper hand over CAZARD and took 2nd place. Determined to continue his effort, Adrien QUINET also took the advantage over Alexy NEGRIER, in the 2nd sector the two young men finished the first lap in this order.

The two protagonists seem determined to put on a show, and are gradually leaving the rest of the peloton led by Gabin CAZARD followed by Diego PONCET (Kawasaki – Pirelli) and Florent DA CUNHA (Kawasaki – Pirelli). The leading duo surrendered blow for blow and regularly exchange the place of leader, to the great pleasure of the paddock which misses nothing of this engaged battle.

At the halfway point, 323 thousandths separate QUINET, provisional leader, and NEGRIER, his runner-up. Behind, the hierarchy also offers us great battles between Cazard and Poncet who regularly exchange the 3rd place DA CUNHA currently plays the role of observer in the 5th position.

More regular, NEGRIER takes the first position on a long-term basis and widens a slight gap on QUINET which is doing its maximum and resisting well, without positioning itself in order to carry an attack. However, in the last lap, NEGRIER fell in the bend of La Chapelle and left QUINET the field to sign his first victory of the season ahead of CAZARD and PONCET who completed the podium.

OLD line (FT Yamaha Racing Academy – Michelin), regular and incisive sign a beautiful 4th place after having taken the lead on DA CUNHA, 5th.

In Challenger, after having occupied first place in the category for a good part of the race, Fergus CHRETIENNOT (KTM – Pirelli) lost to his best opponent Ludovic AMOURET (Kawasaki – Pirelli).

Lucas LINXE (Kawasaki – Pirelli) ends, as in the morning, the 3rd spot.

In the provisional, CAZARD is leading with 40 points ahead of QUINET (39 points) and PONCET (27 points).

As a challenger, AMOURET is in the lead with 51 points ahead of CHRETIENNOT (40 points) and LINXE (33 points).

SIDE-CAR 

RACE 2: REEVES / ROUSSEAU DOES THE DOUBLE

The scenario is repeated among the leaders of the sides! The duel between REEVES / ROUSSEAU and STREUER / CLEMENT once again ensures the spectacle during this second race. Side n ° 77 widens a timid gap on STREUER / CLEMENT and consolidates the leading position throughout the race. STREUER / CLEMENT therefore ranks 2nd .

At the 3rd row, Peugeot / Peugeot, yet in the wheel of the race start at the top of crews, finds himself quickly isolated and ends on the final podium.

For its part, LEGLISE / LAVOREL who was forced to retire in race 1 manages to rank 4th in front BARBER / RIGONDEAU.

In F2, CHANAL / LAVOREL won a second victory this weekend! LEGUEN / CESCUTTI and PALACOEUR / CESCUTTI complete the podium with less than half a second difference.

In the provisional, STREUER / CLEMENT and REEVES / ROUSSEAU are in the lead with both 46 points ahead of PEUGEOT / PEUGEOT (32 points).

In F2, CHANAL / LAVOREL holds the lead with 52 points ahead of LEGUEN / CESCUTTI (36 points) and PALACOEUR / CESCUTTI (27 points).

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2021 CALENDAR

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