Qualifying for the Bol d’Or has taken place at Circuit Paul Ricard as the opening round of the 2018-2019 FIM Endurance World Championship roared into action this week.

With sunshine and scorching temperatures at the 5.673km circuit, conditions were near perfect for today’s final qualifying session, ahead of tomorrow’s 24-hour race.

Over highly competitive qualifying sessions, reigning World Champions F.C.C. TSR Honda France with riders Freddy Foray, Mike Di Meglio and Josh Hook scored the second fastest time (1:55.235) aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, missing out on pole position by just 0.330s.

The Honda Endurance Racing team with Sébastien Gimbert, Gregory LeBlanc and Erwan Nigon also enjoyed a strong qualifying, where they finished sixth fastest overall (1:55.900).

Further Honda teams lining up for the Bol d’Or include National Motos who start 23rd, RAC41 39th and 41st are the Zuff Racing Team. The teams are part of a 59-strong field that tomorrow will race for 24 hours.

The Bol d’Or gets underway on Saturday 15 September at 1500hrs local time (GMT+1) and finishes at 1500hrs on Sunday 16 September.

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Bol d’Or

Circuit Paul Ricard, France

FIM EWC 2018-2019, Round 1

Friday 14 Sep 2018, 12:23 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki 1:54.905
2 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda +0.330
3 YART Yamaha Yamaha +0.350
4 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW +0.496
5 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki +0.837
6 Honda Endurance Racing Honda +0.995
7 WEPOL Racing Yamaha +1.301
8 Yamaha Viltaïs Pierret Experiences Yamaha +1.552
9 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto Kawasaki +1.994
10 GERT 56 HMT by re speedbikes BMW +2.307
11 3ART - YAM AVENUE - MOTO TEAM 95 Yamaha +2.391
12 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki +2.397
13 Junior Team LMS Suzuki Suzuki +2.429
14 TECMAS - BMW BMW +2.574
15 Mercury Racing BMW +2.768
16 Moto Ain Yamaha +2.882
17 TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING Kawasaki +3.018
18 BMRT 3D ENDURANCE Kawasaki +3.088
19 Maco Racing Team Yamaha +3.241
20 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki +3.399
21 Team April Moto Motors Events Suzuki +3.407
22 Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers Kawasaki +3.574
23 National Motos Honda +3.858
24 AM Moto Racing Competition Suzuki +3.981
25 MOTOTECH EWC TEAM Yamaha +4.127
Thursday 13 Sep 2018, 21:21 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki 1:56.372
2 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto Kawasaki +0.716
3 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda +0.872
4 YART Yamaha Yamaha +1.130
5 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW +1.175
6 WEPOL Racing Yamaha +1.311
7 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki +1.315
8 GERT 56 HMT by re speedbikes BMW +1.632
9 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki +1.682
10 Honda Endurance Racing Honda +1.718
11 Mercury Racing BMW +1.884
12 Maco Racing Team Yamaha +2.179
13 Yamaha Viltaïs Pierret Experiences Yamaha +2.197
14 BMRT 3D MACCIO RACING Kawasaki +2.610
15 3ART - YAM AVENUE - MOTO TEAM 95 Yamaha +2.856
16 Moto Ain Yamaha +2.919
17 TECMAS - BMW BMW +3.171
18 Junior Team LMS Suzuki Suzuki +3.375
19 Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers Kawasaki +3.486
20 Team LRP Poland BMW +3.578
21 National Motos Honda +3.828
22 TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING Kawasaki +3.864
23 Team April Moto Motors Events Suzuki +3.969
24 Atomic 68 Suzuki +4.083
25 SET Racing Yamaha +4.249
Thursday 13 Sep 2018, 18:42 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 YART Yamaha Yamaha 1:55.337
2 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW 0.287
3 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 0.434
4 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki 0.638
5 Honda Endurance Racing Honda 1.263
6 Yamaha Viltaïs Pierret Experiences Yamaha 1.328
7 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 1.336
8 WEPOL Racing Yamaha 2.007
9 TECMAS - BMW BMW 2.180
10 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto Kawasaki 2.208
11 GERT 56 HMT by re speedbikes BMW 2.558
12 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki 2.588
13 3ART - YAM AVENUE - MOTO TEAM 95 Yamaha 2.633
14 Moto Ain Yamaha 2.686
15 Junior Team LMS Suzuki Suzuki 2.809
16 Mercury Racing BMW 2.940
17 BMRT 3D ENDURANCE Kawasaki 2.974
18 Team April Moto Motors Events Suzuki 3.342
19 Maco Racing Team Yamaha 3.362
20 Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers Kawasaki 3.581
21 TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING Kawasaki 3.658
22 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki 3.739
23 MOTOTECH EWC TEAM Yamaha 4.107
24 National Motos Honda 4.247
25 Cottard Motosport Suzuki 4.416
Thursday 13 Sep 2018, 14:31 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki 1:54.942
2 YART Yamaha Yamaha 0.240
3 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 1.385
4 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW 1.574
5 Honda Endurance Racing Honda 2.239
6 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki 2.322
7 WEPOL Racing Yamaha 2.343
8 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 2.394
9 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto Kawasaki 2.437
10 Moto Ain Yamaha 2.499
11 3ART - YAM AVENUE - MOTO TEAM 95 Yamaha 2.670
12 Yamaha Viltaïs Pierret Experiences Yamaha 2.707
13 GERT 56 HMT by re speedbikes BMW 2.949
14 Maco Racing Team Yamaha 3.121
15 Junior Team LMS Suzuki Suzuki 3.809
16 TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING Kawasaki 3.892
17 TECMAS - BMW BMW 3.901
18 MOTOTECH EWC TEAM Yamaha 4.144
19 Team April Moto Motors Events Suzuki 4.181
20 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha 4.184
21 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 Yamaha 4.198
22 Mercury Racing BMW 4.272
23 SET Racing Yamaha 4.619
24 BMRT 3D ENDURANCE Kawasaki 4.649
25 Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers Kawasaki 4.839