F.C.C. TSR Honda France win Le Mans 24 Hour


2023 FIM Endurance World Championship
Spherical One – 24 heures Motos, Le Mans


F.C.C. TSR Honda France has made the absolute best begin to its FIM Endurance World Championship title defence with victory in a dramatic 24 Heures Motos. The FIM EWC Championship opener recorded a weekend fan attendance of 77,200, the best quantity since 2011.

2023 FIM Endurance World Championship - Round One - 24 heures Motos, Le Mans
2023 FIM Endurance World Championship – Spherical One – 24 heures Motos, Le Mans

Josh Hook, Mike Di Meglio and Alan Techer mixed to assert victory on the #1 Bridgestone-equipped Honda CBR1000 RR-R.

Defending World Champions Josh Hook, Mike Di Meglio and Alan Techer kicked off their title defence in fine fashion
Defending World Champions Josh Hook, Mike Di Meglio and Alan Techer kicked off their title defence in advantageous style

For Frenchman Di Meglio and Australian Hook, the outcome marked their third victory within the 24 Heures Motos. For Techer, the win was his second within the conventional EWC season opener on the Circuit Bugatti.

F.C.C. TSR Honda victorious after covering 3461 kilometres in the 24 Hours with only 30 minutes in the pits across 23 pit stops
F.C.C. TSR Honda victorious after protecting 3461 kilometres within the 24 Hours with solely half-hour within the pits throughout 23 pit stops
Josh Hook

Unbelievable. We received the championship final 12 months with out really profitable a race. Clearly we need to win races, we need to present we’re the very best and to come back right here, first spherical of the season and win Le Mans, such a giant superb race that everybody needs to win, it’s a bucket-list race and to come back right here and win is superb and all thanks goes to the crew. They labored so laborious over the winter to come back to the race this 12 months with a motorcycle that’s a profitable package deal. Right now’s efficiency simply exhibits that. Our race was flawless, there was no mistake within the storage, with the mechanics, the bike was sound and all three of us three riders didn’t make a mistake both. It’s the right 24-hour race in my view and it’s not usually you do a 24-hour race and haven’t any issues. And a tremendous day for us.”

Josh Hook

The Japanese squad got here by way of a sometimes difficult day and evening contest, heading residence YART Yamaha and BMW Motorrad World Endurance Crew within the victory chase by a three-lap margin. The second and third-placed squads each loved intervals on the head of the pack however misplaced important minutes within the pits.

Mike DiMeglio – F.C.C. TSR Honda

A brake caliper situation proved expensive for YART Yamaha when Niccolò Canepa was behind the handlebars earlier than Karel Hanika crashed on oil throughout the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mandy Kainz – Yamalube YART Crew Supervisor

To safe back-to-back podiums at Le Mans is an effective feeling. After all, we might have liked to have received the race, however our purpose was to complete because of the variety of factors on supply, and we achieved that. The fellows rode beautifully. We had a slight situation with the entrance brake that misplaced us a few laps, after which extra unhealthy luck when Karel crashed on the oil, with one other bike hitting ours within the gravel entice. I’m extremely happy with the crew for a way they responded to all of the challenges, plus the superb work they did throughout the low season to arrange the bike. Now we have proven we’ve the tempo, and the R1 and the Bridgestone tyres are working beautifully, so though we needed to win, coming away with 54 factors is a superb outcome, and we are going to purpose to construct on this efficiency in Spa.

Niccolo Canepa took the final stint to carry the YART R1 residence in second after finishing 825 laps, two laps behind the eventual winners, securing back-to-back podiums at Le Mans for the crew within the course of. With the distinctive manner factors are awarded within the Endurance World Championship, YART had been awarded 4 in qualifying, 9 on the eight-hour mark, eight on the 16-hour mark, and 33 for ending the race in second, for a complete of 54. This sees the Yamalube YART Yamaha Crew second within the championship standings, simply 9 factors behind the leaders.

BMW Motorrad World Endurance Crew needed to overcome a setback within the eighth hour of the race. Mikhalchik slid as he was overtaking a slower rider and needed to head for the pits with a broken bike. The crew gave a unbelievable collective efficiency to restore the bike, returning Mikhalchik to the monitor after simply seven and a half minutes. The trio on the #37 then mounted a restoration efficiency from seventh place.

BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team - Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Jérémy Guarnoni (FRA) claimed third
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Crew – Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Jérémy Guarnoni (FRA) claimed third

Because the race progressed, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Crew stood as much as the tough situations, overcoming very chilly temperatures and early morning fog to maneuver up place by place. On Sunday morning, within the nineteenth hour of the race, the #37 BMW M 1000 RR was again in third and on the right track for the rostrum. Mikhalchik, Reiterberger and Guarnoni held that place to the end line.

Markus Reiterberger pictured here in front of Alan Techer
Markus Reiterberger pictured right here in entrance of Alan Techer
Marc Bongers – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director

This 24 Hours of Le Mans as soon as once more had every thing that makes endurance racing particular: motion and drama. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Crew additionally skilled highs and lows right here at Le Mans, however by no means gave up and claimed a well-deserved third place on the rostrum. Congratulations to the riders and the crew, who gave their all. We confirmed that we will battle for the win with our total package deal. Our new BMW M 1000 RR went like clockwork in its first race, the efficiency was excellent, the quickest lap exhibits how briskly it’s and there have been no technical points in any respect. That is a wonderful basis for the upcoming races this season. An enormous thanks to everybody within the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Crew led by Werner Daemen and at BMW Motorrad Motorsport, who’ve contributed to this profitable debut for our new endurance bike. We’re additionally delighted with the win for the Tecmas-MRP-BMW Racing Groups within the Superstock class – that was the right debut for this newly-formed crew. Congratulations to Arnaud Sassone’s squad!”

Having led throughout the opening levels, Honda Viltaïs Racing completed fourth.

Having led throughout the opening levels, Honda Viltaïs Racing completed fourth forward of ERC Endurance Ducati, which was within the podium combat earlier than a prolonged pitstop was required to finish a clutch change.

ERC Endurance Ducati was in the podium fight before a lengthy pitstop was required to complete a clutch change. Chaz Davies arrives into the pits in this shot.
ERC Endurance Ducati was within the podium combat earlier than a prolonged pitstop was required to finish a clutch change. Chaz Davies arrives into the pits on this shot.

TATI Crew Beringer Racing rounded out the highest six adopted by Yoshimura SERT Motul. The pole-sitting Le Mans-based squad misplaced 18 laps within the opening hour when Gregg Black crashed closely following contact with Josh Hook on the Dunlop Chicane on lap one.

Gregg Black crashed heavily following contact with Josh Hook at the Dunlop Chicane on lap one.
Gregg Black crashed closely following contact with Josh Hook on the Dunlop Chicane on lap one.
Yoshimura SERT Motul started from pole with the best overall time of 1.37.153 and collected five bonus points in the process. Despite an hour and ten minutes in the pits over the course of the race they managed to finish seventh overall to claim 23-points from the event.
Yoshimura SERT Motul began from pole with the very best total time of 1.37.153 and picked up 5 bonus factors within the course of. Regardless of an hour and ten minutes within the pits over the course of the race they managed to complete seventh total to assert 23-points from the occasion.

Crew Kawasaki Webike Trickstar was subsequent among the many Formulation EWC contingent with Ryosuke Iwato drafted in to make his 24 Heures Motos debut shortly earlier than the beginning alongside his fellow Japanese Kazuki Watanabe and Frenchman Randy de Puniet. Crew Bolliger Switzerland was subsequent with Wójcik Racing Crew finishing the Formulation EWC high 10 after a crash for Spaniard Isaac Viñales. Crew LRP Poland and Motobox Kremer Racing had been subsequent residence. Anthony West was in motion for Maco Racing and the crew reached the end regardless of myriad delays.

2023 FIM Endurance World Championship - Round One - 24 heures Motos, Le Mans
2023 FIM Endurance World Championship – Spherical One – 24 heures Motos, Le Mans

A heavy crash on Saturday night for Bastien Mackels ended KM99’s hopes of success on its EWC debut, whereas an engine failure hit Moto Ain’s hopes after 175 laps.

2023 FIM Endurance World Championship – Spherical One – 24 heures Motos, Le Mans

Racing by way of the evening is all the time probably the most demanding facets of the EWC, however the problem was elevated considerably throughout the 46h operating of the 24 Heures Motos as ambient and monitor temperatures plunged to somewhat greater than freezing. Smoke from the packed campsites near the monitor additionally meant visibility was compromised with early morning mist including one other hazard to the combination. Regardless of the difficult situations, the EWC regulars posted persistently excessive and evenly matched lap occasions to underline the shut competitors within the sequence, which resumes at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium from 16-18 June.

2023 FIM Endurance World Championship - Round One - 24 heures Motos, Le Mans
2023 FIM Endurance World Championship – Spherical One – 24 heures Motos, Le Mans

The newly-formed Tecmas-MRP-BMW Racing Crew claimed what at one stage seemed to be an unlikely victory within the FIM Endurance World Cup, which additionally counts for the Dunlop Superstock Trophy. Two unscheduled stops as a consequence of mechanical points handed Chromeburner-RAC-Honda the initiative, just for Jonathan Hardt to crash closely on Sunday morning on oil dropped by a competitor. Though the French crew finally returned to motion it needed to make do with fourth place in school. Having endured a luckless 2022 season, 3ART Better of Bike completed second adopted by Honda No Limits.

3ART Better of Bike Yamaha crew of Martin Renaudin, Ludovic Cauchi, and Mathieu Lagrive had been additionally celebrating on the rostrum after they claimed second within the FIM Endurance World Cup and tenth total in entrance of their residence followers.

It proved a race of attrition within the Superstock class. Crew Louit April Moto, which began the category on pole place, retired following a crash. Final season’s FIM Endurance World Cup title winner Crew 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore was compelled out by a mechanical situation shortly after 02h00. BMRT 3 D Maxxess Nevers was eradicated in an early-race collision, whereas Aviobike, Falcon Racing, JMA Racing Motion Bike, Nationwide Motos Honda, OG Motorsport World Endurance Crew and Pit Lane Endurance additionally tried however failed to complete. Nevertheless, Slider Endurance, ADSS97, TRT 27 Bazar 2 La Bécane, Wójcik Racing Crew, Holland Motorstore Racing, Energie Endurance, Uniserv Moto82 Crew, Crew 202 and Gamers all crossed the end line within the Superstock class.

The newly-formed Tecmas-MRP-BMW Racing Team enjoyed a perfect debut, claiming victory in the Superstock class. Kenny Foray (FRA), Jan Bühn (GER) and Loïc Arbel (FRA)
The newly-formed Tecmas-MRP-BMW Racing Crew loved an ideal debut, claiming victory within the Superstock class. Kenny Foray (FRA), Jan Bühn (GER) and Loïc Arbel (FRA)

The subsequent spherical of the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship is the 24H SPA EWC Motos on the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium from the sixteenth to the 18th of June.

2023 24 heures Motos Outcomes

Pos Crew Man. Cat. Laps Time
1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France HON EWC 827 24:01:06.266
2 YART YAMAHA YAM EWC 825 24:02:00.422
3 BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM BMW EWC 822 24:01:44.464
4 HONDA VILTAÏS RACING HON EWC 820 24:01:06.540
5 ERC ENDURANCE DUCATI DUC EWC 820 24:01:28.788
6 TATI TEAM BERINGER RACING KAW EWC 818 24:01:14.714
7 YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL SUZ EWC 805 24:01:12.566
8 TECMAS MRP BMW RACING TEAM BMW SST 802 24:01:08.049
9 TEAM KAWASAKI WEBIKE TRICKSTAR KAW EWC 800 24:02:23.177
10 3ART BEST OF BIKE YAM SST 799 24:01:14.964
11 TEAM BOLLIGER SWITZERLAND KAW EWC 794 24:01:25.894
12 WOJCIK RACING TEAM EWC YAM EWC 793 24:01:06.519
13 HONDA NO LIMITS HON SST 791 24:01:06.397
14 CHROMEBURNER RAC41 HONDA HON SST 787 24:01:25.245
15 MOTOBOX KREMER RACING YAM EWC 785 24:01:47.875
16 JUNIOR TEAM LE MANS SUD SUZUKI SUZ SST 778 24:02:38.024
17 SLIDER ENDURANCE YAM SST 771 24:01:24.427
18 ADSS97 KAW SST 765 24:02:42.876
19 TRT 27 BAZAR 2 LA BECANE SUZ SST 762 24:01:58.542
20 WOJCIK RACING TEAM STK YAM SST 759 24:01:55.025
21 CAM RACING TEAM SUZ SST 758 24:02:47.158
22 TEAM LRP POLAND BMW EWC 754 24:01:26.599
23 MOTO SPORT ENDURANCE YAM SST 748 24:01:08.592
24 WERC MOTORS EVENTS SUZ SST 744 24:02:19.402
25 ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91 KAW SST 743 24:01:13.313
26 HOLLAND MOTORSTORE RACING YAM SST 741 24:01:14.297
27 TEAM 2TS YAM SST 739 24:02:40.868
28 IMPAC LCR ENDURANCE YAM SST 738 24:02:30.573
29 SEIGNEUR MOTORSPORT TEAM MONT-BLANC BMW SST 734 24:01:09.270
30 UNISERV MOTO82 TEAM KAW SST 725 24:02:05.894
31 TEAM 202 YAM SST 708 24:01:16.247
32 MACO RACING YAM EWC 639 24:01:28.316
33 APRILIA LE MANS 2 ROUES APR EXP 638 24:04:50.231
34 PLAYERS KAW SST 635 24:01:19.491
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35 TMC 35 – PMO YAM SST 672 21:09:45.398
36 GT ENDURANCE HON SST 295 24:02:34.197
37 TEAM RR YAM SST 253 24:01:18.832
38 AVIOBIKE YAM SST 633 21:02:23.654
39 NATIONAL MOTOS HONDA HON SST 583 17:43:14.487
40 METISS MET EXP 576 19:16:21.950
41 KM99 YAM EWC 521 16:28:52.443
42 JMA RACING ACTIONBIKE SUZ SST 469 14:59:40.967
43 FERRE FEURPRIER RACING TEAM YAM SST 467 15:41:36.823
44 TEAM RACING 85 by CREATEC KAW SST 449 16:15:44.724
45 PIT LANE ENDURANCE – JP3 YAM SST 426 12:50:30.203
46 TEAM 33 LOUIT APRIL MOTO KAW SST 408 12:03:08.557
47 KINGTYRE FULLGAS RACING TEAM KAW EWC 405 13:36:43.486
48 TEAM 18 SAPEURS POMPIERS CMS MOTOSTORE YAM SST 349 11:00:19.124
49 MANA-AU COMPETITION YAM EWC 337 10:24:43.141
50 OG MOTORSPORT WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM YAM SST 298 09:51:03.407
51 FALCON RACING YAM SST 257 07:49:44.006
52 BMRT 3 D MAXXESS NEVERS KAW SST 180 05:46:18.544
53 MOTOAIN YAM EWC 175 05:11:07.093
54 BIMTRAZER FLY YAM EWC 15 00:27:05.573

2023 Endurance World Championship Standings

Pos Crew Man. Complete
1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 63
2 YART Yamaha Official EWC Crew Yamaha 54
3 BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM BMW 39
4 ERC Endurance Ducati Ducati 38
5 HONDA VILTAIS RACING Honda 36
6 TATI TEAM BERINGER RACING Kawasaki 33
7 YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL Suzuki 23
8 Kawasaki Webike Trickstar Kawasaki 23
9 Wójcik Racing Crew EWC Yamaha 17
10 Crew Bolliger Switzerland #8 Kawasaki 16
11 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 Yamaha 10
12 MACO RACING Crew Yamaha 10
13 Crew LRP Poland BMW 9
14 TEAM MOTO AIN Yamaha 2

2023 Endurance Groups Superstock Standings

Pos Crew Man. Complete
1 TECMAS-MRP BMW RACING TEAM BMW 64
2 3ART BEST OF BIKE Yamaha 53
3 Chromeburner-RAC 41-Honda Honda 40
4 Honda No Limits Honda 38
5 JUNIOR TEAM LMS SUZUKI Suzuki 25
6 Wójcik Racing Crew STK Yamaha 24
7 TEAM SLIDER ENDURANCE Yamaha 22
8 TRT27 BAZAR 2 LA BECANE Suzuki 19
9 ADSS 97 Kawasaki 17
10 NATIONAL MOTOS HONDA Honda 16
11 CAM RACING TEAM Suzuki 11
12 TEAM 33 LOUIT APRIL MOTO Kawasaki 11
13 Moto Sport Endurance Yamaha 10
14 WERC MOTORS EVENTS Suzuki 9
15 ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91 Kawasaki 9
16 Holland Motorstore Racing Yamaha 7
17 crew 2TS Yamaha 6
18 LCR ENDURANCE Yamaha 5
19 SEIGNEUR MOTORSPORT TEAM MONT-BLANC BMW 4
20 PITLANE ENDURANCE – JP3 Yamaha 4
21 UNISERV MOTO82 TEAM Kawasaki 3
22 TEAM 202 Yamaha 2
23 TEAM PLAYERS Kawasaki 1
24 TMC 35 PMO Yamaha 1