Le Mans 24 Hours Moto
Dani Ribalta, Olivier Four and Frédéric Protat were the winners of the 29th 24 Hours Moto at Le Mans on Sunday (April 23), their Honda coming home ahead of the Suzuki of Keiichi Kitagawa, Philippe Vincent and Mathieu Lagrive and the GMT Yamaha of David Checa, Sébastien Gimbert and Gary McCoy. Fourth went to the No.8 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki of Morillon, Muff and Saiger – so all four manufacturers were represented in the top four places.

The winners covered 817 laps of the Bugatti Circuit.

The new layout at the Dunlop Chicane was in use for the first time – and it’s huge, as you can see in these views of a spill during the race.

Result (top ten)
1 55 NATIONAL MOTO 817 1:41.102 24 pit stops
2 1 SUZUKI CASTROL 815 2 Laps 1:40.388 24
3 94 YAMAHA GMT 94 804 13 Laps 1:40.139 25
4 8 BOLLIGER TEAM SWITZERLAND 799 18 Laps 1:42.561 24
5 10 INFINI TEAM/YOHANN MOTO 793 24 Laps 1:42.546 22
6 44 AS NO LIMIT TEAM 789 28 Laps 1:43.795 25
7 83 MACCIO RACING 788 29 Laps 1:42.434 21
8 12 TEAM FAGERSJO-EL 787 30 Laps 1:41.917 24
9 100 TEAM ENDURANCE MOTO 45 786 31 Laps 1:44.028 23
10 21 RMT 21 RACING 786 1:21.018 1:43.638 23

David Legangneux caught this incident in practice. This Aprilia (or a replacement?) did start the race - and finished twelfth. Teams are allowed to use a replacement bike.

 

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