Two Yamaha teams were within seconds of each other when it came down to the finish line at last weekend’s FIM Endurance date at Le Mans, but it was GMT94 (David Checa, Niccolo Canepa, Mike Di Meglio) who took the win.
GMT94 managed 860 laps, as did the second-place YART team, which was manned by some lesser-known names (Broc Parkes, Kohta Nozane, Martin Fritz). Although the sting of defeat is no doubt hurtful, those guys have got to be feeling pretty chuffed that they finished only 20 seconds behind the top-level talent that won.
Third place went to SRC Kawasaki (Fabien Foret, Mathieu Gines, Randy De Puniet). The Kawasaki team crashed out early, but battled back to a podium spot, finishing 12 laps back of the front. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, usually in the battle for the win at FIM endurance events, finished 12 laps back as well. SERT is still leading FIM’s endurance standings, though.