After going fastest in practice and coming within a whisker of breaking the Le Mans lap record too, the Bridgestone supported YART Yamaha Official EWC Team were odds on favourites to take victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours race at the weekend, but in the end they missed out by less than 20 seconds.
More than 75,000 spectators packed out the French circuit for the annual event and second round of the current FIM Endurance World Championship season.
The Austrian-based Yamaha squad included the talented Australian Broc Parkes racing alongside Marvin Fritz, Kohta Nozane and Max Neukirchner.
The race saw an epic battle between two Yamaha supported squads, with GMT 94 just edging it in the final throws of the race as both teams finished 12 laps ahead of the rest of the field.
The Bridgestone supported F.C.C TSR Honda team also finished a creditable 5th place after the grueling 24 hour race.
“This was a sensational performance for our first world championship race with Bridgestone,” said an elated Mandy Kainz, Team Manager for YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. “We knew from the development work and practice sessions that Bridgestone racing tyres would give us the pace, consistency and endurance we needed, and this was proved in the race – hour after hour, day and night.”
Nico Thuy, Head of Europe for Bridgestone Motorcycle was equally delighted:
“Bridgestone is thrilled to be on the podium in our first race back at the highest level of motorcycle racing. Congratulations to our YART team partners; it doesn’t get much tougher than the 24 hours Moto at Le Mans. From the way our tyres performed, I believe we can go one better in the next endurance race.”
The next event on the calendar is the Oschersleben 8 Hour Endurance in mid-May, and the Bridgestone backed YART squad will be looking to go one better.
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