World Endurance: BMW Motorrad Takes Pole Place For Bol d’Or 24-Hour – Roadracing World Journal


Bol d’Or – 85ème Bol d’Or – General Qualifying Classification (common of the two bests instances) – General Qualifying Classification




Extra, from a press launch issued by FIM EWC:

Qualifying report: BMW smashes lap document to take Bol d’Or pole and underline EWC title credentials

*Mykhalchyk units new Circuit Paul Ricard lap document with sensational cost

*5 factors from Qualifying boosts BMW squad’s championship hopes

*YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC second forward of Yoshimura SERT Motul

*Wójcik Racing Group quickest in Superstock class

*Qualifying builds as much as EWC season finale and One hundredth-anniversary Bol d’Or

BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group will begin the deciding spherical of the FIM Endurance World Championship from pole place – its first within the EWC and an extra enhance to its title probabilities.

The Belgian outfit is considered one of 5 squads firmly within the combat for profitable the coveted FIM EWC Groups’ crown throughout this weekend’s One hundredth-anniversary Bol d’Or 24-hour race and its efficiency at Circuit Paul Ricard means there have now been three totally different polesitters throughout the wide-open 2022 EWC season.

With the outcomes based mostly on the typical time of a crew’s quickest two riders from Thursday’s First Qualifying and at the moment’s Second Qualifying, the session-topping laps from Markus Rieterberger and Illya Mykhalchyk on their Dunlop-equipped BMW M1000RR proved decisive in southern France.

After heading the First Qualifying order with a finest time and a brand new EWC Qualifying lap document of 1m52.267s – beating Xavier Siméon’s 1m52.374s set in 2021 within the course of – German rider Reiterberger went quicker nonetheless in Second Qualifying, which befell in barely cooler situations in comparison with yesterday, with a fast 1m51.693s effort. Nevertheless, it was Mykhalchyk, from Ukraine, who got here out on high with a sensational 1m51.641s benchmark run to develop into the quickest EWC rider at Circuit Paul Ricard. Knowledge from BMW Motorrad World Endurance confirmed Mykhalchyk reached a high pace of 342kph on the well-known Mistral Straight.

YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC was second within the mixed instances forward of Yoshimura SERT Motul, which tops the EWC Groups’ standings over F.C.C. TSR Honda France after three rounds.

Within the Dunlop-supported Superstock class, Wójcik Racing Group took pole for the second consecutive spherical of the FIM Endurance World Cup having achieved the feat for the 24H SPA EWC Motos in June. Group 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore positioned second with Nationwide Motos Honda third.

How the chase for EWC pole glory unfolded

Buoyed by his charging run on Thursday, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group’s Markus Reiterberger hit the bottom working this morning with a 1m51.693s finest among the many Blue Rider group. Niccolò Canepa was second quickest for YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC, simply 0.249s behind Reiterberger with Gregg Black third quickest for Yoshimura SERT Motul on a 1m52.068s. Josh Hook took fourth for F.C.C. TSR Honda France on a 1m52.155s with Leon Haslam, who’s collaborating in his first 24-hour race this weekend and has by no means beforehand competed at Circuit Paul Ricard, fifth for TATI Group Beringer Racing on a 1m52.420s. Spaniard Isaac Viñales impressed for Group Moto Ain with a 1m52.746s effort and was adopted by Florian Alt (Viltaïs Racing Igol, 1m52.881s), ERC Endurance-Ducati’s Chaz Davies (1m53.284s), Dan Linfoot (1m53.524s) for Wójcik Racing Group and Webike SRC Kawasaki France’s Randy de Puniet (1m54.782s). As was the case in First Qualifying, Wójcik Racing Group’s Kevin Manfredi was the rider to beat within the Superstock class, finishing the 20-minute session with a category-topping time of 1m54.788s. Hugo Clere was subsequent up on a 1m54.974s for Group 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore.

Illya Mykhalchyk headed the Yellow Rider order for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group, his 1m51.641s standout run 0.183s quicker than Marvin Fritz might handle for YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC. Kazuki Watanabe (Yoshimura SERT Motul) was third quickest on a 1m52.508s with younger Frenchman Corentin Perolari flying to fourth for Group Moto Ain on a 1m52.898s. Mike Di Meglio (1m52.953s) was fifth for F.C.C. TSR Honda France forward of ERC-Endurance Ducati’s Xavi Forés (1m53.189s). Sheridan Marais was subsequent up for Wójcik Racing Group on a 1m53.461s with four-time Bol d’Or winner Grégory Leblanc (1m53.684s) eighth for TATI Group Beringer Racing. Erwan Nigon (1m53.917s) and Étienne Masson (1m54.043s) rounded out the highest 10 for Viltaïs Racing Igol and Webike SRC Kawasaki France respectively. Danny Webb (Wójcik Racing Group) set the tempo among the many Superstock riders on a 1m54.952s to edge out Group 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore’s Baptiste Guittet. The session was momentarily red-flagged after Enzo Boulom crashed MACO Racing’s #14 Yamaha. Nevertheless, the Frenchman was subsequently given the all-clear following medical checks.

Having certified on pole twice within the EWC this season, Karel Hanika was quickest within the Crimson Rider section, setting a finest lap of 1m52.100s for YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC regardless of being suffering from a sensor problem. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group’s Jérémy Guarnoni was second, 0.709s adrift, with Florian Marino (1m52.995s) third for Webike SRC Kawasaki France. Sylvain Guintoli was fourth for Yoshimura SERT Motul on a 1m53.188s with Alan Techer (F.C.C. TSR Honda France) fifth (1m53.428s). Group Moto Ain’s Claudio Corti was sixth on a 1m53.954s adopted by TATI Group Beringer Racing rider Bastien Mackels (1m54.129s). Mathieu Gines (1m54.460s) was eighth for Wójcik Racing Group with Steven Odendaal ninth for Viltaïs Racing Igol on a 1m54.474s. David Checa (1m54.726s) accomplished the highest 10 for ERC Endurance-Ducati. RAC41-Chromeburner’s Wayne Tessels was the quickest Superstock rider adopted by Philipp Steinmayr (Group 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore).

Robin Mulhauser was the quickest of the reserve crew members within the Inexperienced Rider group, the Swiss clocking a 1m54.217s finest for YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC. Briton Christian Iddon was second for Yoshimura SERT Motul adopted by Kenny Foray (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group), James Westmoreland (Viltaïs Racing Igol) and Lorenzo Zanetti, who’s again on EWC obligation for the primary time because the Le Mans pre-test in March. The Italian had been attributable to contest the total EWC season for ERC Endurance-Ducati solely to endure critical accidents when he crashed throughout a race in Italy previous to the Le Mans opener. Wójcik Racing Group’s younger Hungarian Bálint Kovács was the quickest Superstock contender forward of Group LH Racing’s Hugo Robert.


BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group’s Markus Reiterberger started First Qualifying for the One hundredth-anniversary Bol d’Or similar to he’d completed Thursday morning’s unofficial non-public observe with the quickest lap at Circuit Paul Ricard, because the Belgian crew’s riders went quickest in three of the 4 segments.

The 2-time FIM Endurance World Championship race winner from Germany was quickest among the many Blue Riders in a time of 1m52.267s. Josh Hook left it late to go second quickest for F.C.C. TSR Honda France with a 1m52.511s, whereas Niccolò Canepa (YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC) positioned third on a 1m52.925s. Leon Haslam was fourth quickest for TATI Group Beringer Racing (1m53.117s), as a late cost from Randy de Puniet allowed the Webike SRC Kawasaki France rider to shoot as much as fifth place in a time of 1m53.191s, simply forward of Viltaïs Racing Igol’s Florian Alt. Kevin Manfredi underlined his standing as a Circuit Paul Ricard knowledgeable with the quickest Superstock class time, the Italian posting a finest effort of 1m54.674s for Wójcik Racing Group, 0.337s quicker than Sébastien Suchet might handle for Nationwide Motos Honda. Manfredi’s run was one of the best Superstock time of all.

Illya Mykhalchyk continued BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group’s sturdy First Qualifying Type by setting the quickest time within the Yellow Rider session. The Ukraine rider topped the order in 1m52.415s. Mike Di Meglio was second for F.C.C. TSR Honda France in a time of 1m52.630s with Marvin Fritz (1m53.307s) third for YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC. Xevi Fores dropped his ERC Endurance-Ducati however not earlier than he’d posted a 1m53.470s finest to go fourth quickest adopted by Wójcik Racing Group’s Sheridan Morais (1m53.642s). Étienne Masson was sixth for Webike SRC Kawasaki France with a lap of 1m53.747s. After Isaac Viñales went seventh quickest for Group Moto Ain within the opening Blue Rider session, Corentin Perolami did likewise for the French privateer outfit within the Yellow Rider working in 1m53.789s. MACO Racing’s Enzo Boulom completed P10. Valentin Suchet ensured Nationwide Motos Honda topped the Superstock order forward of Wójcik Racing Group’s Danny Webb, basically a swap of positions between the squads from the earlier session. Adrian Parassol suffered a fall from his Pitlane Endurance Yamaha however walked away unaided.

YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC’s Karel Hanika, the pole-sitter for the 24 Heures Motos and 24H SPA EWC Motos, prevented a BMW-powered clear sweep with the quickest time within the Crimson Rider session. The Czech posted 1m52.914s finest, which was 0.044s quicker than the time Jérémy Guarnoni might handle for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group. Alan Techer (1m53.159s) was third quickest on his return to F.C.C. TSR Honda France rather than the injured Gino Rea, with Florian Marino fourth for Websike SRC Kawasaki France (1m53.190s). There have been sturdy EWC comeback performances from Sylvain Guintoli and Bastien Mackels, who missed the races at Suzuka and Spa-Francorchamps respectively via damage. Guintoli was fifth quickest on FIM Endurance World Championship chief Yoshimura SERT Motul’s #1 Suzuki with Mackels seventh for Kawasaki-powered TATI Group Beringer Racing. Nevertheless, Guintoli’s 1m53.616s effort didn’t fairly make him the quickest of the Yoshimura SERT Motul trio with that honour going to Gregg Black, who set a 1m53.527s, the eighth-best time, within the Blue Rider session. Kazuki Watanabe was ninth quickest for the France-based Japanese crew within the Yellow Rider session in a time of 1m54.071s. Elsewhere within the Crimson Rider working, Steven Odendaal was sixth quickest for Viltaïs Racing Igol with two-time Bol d’Or winner David Checa eighth. Philipp Steinmayr ensured three totally different Superstock groups took their flip to set the tempo with the Austrian quickest for Group 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore. In the meantime, a crash for Junior Group LMS Suzuki’s Charles Cortot at T7 brought on the session to be red-flagged to allow harm to trackside security limitations to be repaired.

Kenny Foray was quickest for BMW Motorrad World Endurance within the Inexperienced Rider session for reserves, the Frenchman posting a formidable 1m52.717s. Lorenzo Zanetti (ERC Endurance-Ducati) was second quickest adopted by Yoshimura SERT Motul’s Christian Iddon, Robin Mulhauser (YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC) and James Westmoreland (Viltaïs Racing Igol). Bálint Kovács was the quickest Superstock competitor for Wójcik Racing Group.


Formulation EWC, Illya Mykhalchyk (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group): “To begin with we’re actually pleased about this pole place, it’s been fairly an extended wait to make it and at last we get it by exhibiting the work of the entire crew and all of the riders. It was an pleasant day yesterday and once more at the moment. There was various issues with visitors however I had a fairly regular technique to attend for everybody to be gone and I exited on an virtually empty monitor. I managed slipstream at the start however then I made a decision to not use the slipstream and simply experience alongside. Perhaps I lose a couple of tenths on the straight however then I gained a while within the third sector and the final one. I did a couple of actually good laps after which we completed within the highest place.”

Superstock, Danny Webb (Wójcik Racing Group STK 777): “I’d not ridden a motorcycle for 3 months and at the start it took me a while to get going. However after we discovered setting with the bike yesterday I knew that my confidence would simply develop. Within the Night time Observe I discovered one other good feeling in myself. I used to be unfortunate with visitors yesterday and at the moment I didn’t get slipstream however I might see a rider in entrance of me and that, for positive, helped. However the crew has achieved a incredible job. We didn’t do the pre-test so for us to get such setting on the bike this quick is superb. We’ve been very unfortunate within the races this season however we’ve at all times proven we’re quick. We now have setting, all of us really feel snug and we simply have to handle the conditions within the race and get the outcome we deserve for the entire crew as a result of all people works extremely arduous and places in 100 per cent effort.”

First Qualifying finest laps

Blue Rider Formulation EWC:

Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group) 1m52.267s

Blue Trip Superstock:

Kevin Manfredi (Wójcik Racing Group) 1m54.674s

Yellow Rider Formulation EWC:

Illya Mykhalchyk (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group) 1m52.415s

Yellow Rider Superstock:

Valentin Suchet (Nationwide Motos Honda) 1m55.259s

Crimson Rider Formulation EWC:

Karel Hanika (YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC) 1m52.914s

Crimson Rider Superstock:

Philipp Steinmayr (Group 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore) 1m55.571s

Inexperienced Rider Formulation EWC:

Kenny Foray (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group) 1m52.717s

Inexperienced Rider Superstock:

Bálint Kovács (Wójcik Racing Group) 1m55.859s

Second Qualifying finest laps

Blue Rider Formulation EWC:

Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group) 1m51.693s

Blue Trip Superstock:

Kevin Manfredi (Wójcik Racing Group) 1m54.788s

Yellow Rider Formulation EWC:

Illya Mykhalchyk (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Group) 1m51.641s

Yellow Rider Superstock:

Danny Webb (Wójcik Racing Group) 1m54.942s

Crimson Rider Formulation EWC:

Karel Hanika (YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC) 1m52.100s

Crimson Rider Superstock:

Wayne Tessels (RAC41-Chromeburner) 1m55.635s

Inexperienced Rider Formulation EWC:

Robin Mulhauser (YART – Yamaha Official Group EWC) 1m54.217s

Inexperienced Rider Superstock:

Bálint Kovács (Wójcik Racing Group) 1m55.654s

What’s subsequent?

The One hundredth-anniversary Bol d’Or, the deciding spherical of the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship, is because of start at 15h00 CET on Saturday 17 September. Click on HERE for particulars of the worldwide networks broadcasting the race reside.



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