F.C.C. TSR Honda France have kicked off the 2018-2019 FIM Endurance World Championship in fine style today, winning the prestigious Bol d’Or after 24 hours on track and completing 698 laps of the 5.673km circuit.

With riders Freddy Foray, Mike Di Meglio and Josh Hook, the team fought hard aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade having dropped back into 15th place at one point, after a small issue that caused them to pit for longer than usual.

Digging deep and pushing hard lap by lap, the Honda trio continued to make up places and scored extra championship points at the eight and 16-hour stages in 10th and sixth places. Towards the end of the race they had the podium in their sights moving into third and then into second.

Victory was the next step and the riders took this challenge in their stride taking the lead with three hours to go. With a careful pit stop strategy and having created a safe distance from the team behind, F.C.C. TSR Honda France crossed the finish line victorious.

Meanwhile the Honda Endurance Racing team with riders Sébastien Gimbert, Gregory LeBlanc and Erwan Nigon showed the utmost levels of teamwork, grit and determination taking the lead of the 24-hour test of man and machine at just after midnight before experiencing heartbreak.

At 01.08am Gimbert returned to the pits and the team discovered that a cylinder head bolt had broken. The Honda squad quickly got to work stripping the engine and working to repair the damage. At 07.27am they returned to the track, but after experiencing a loss of power and at just before 09.00am this morning, the heart-breaking decision was made to retire from the race.

Fellow Honda teams in the 24-hour battle included National Motos who finished 18th after completing 660 laps and the Zuff Racing Team finished overall in 16th, but placed sixth overall in the Superstock classification. The RAC41 team sadly retired from the race shortly before midnight.

The next round of the FIM Endurance World Championship takes place at the 24 Heures Motos on 20-21 April 2019.

Bol d’Or

Circuit Paul Ricard, France

FIM EWC 2018-2019, Round 1

Sunday 16 Sep 2018, 13:18 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Laps
1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 698
2 YART Yamaha Yamaha 698
3 WEPOL Racing Yamaha 697
4 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki 695
5 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 691
6 Gert56 German Endurance Racing Team BMW 688
7 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki 687
8 Webike Tati Team Trickstar Kawasaki 686
9 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 Yamaha 679
10 Mercury Racing BMW 679
11 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha 675
12 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki 675
13 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha 674
14 BMRT 3D MACCIO RACING Kawasaki 673
15 Yamaha Viltaïs Pierret Experiences Yamaha 672
16 Zuff Racing Team Honda 670
17 MOTOTECH EWC TEAM Yamaha 662
18 National Motos Honda 660
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
Team Standings
Sunday, 16 Sep 2018
# Team Constructor Points
1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 51
2 WEPOL Racing Yamaha 43
3 YART Yamaha Yamaha 41
4 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 41
5 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki 40
6 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki 37
7 GERT 56 HMT by re speedbikes BMW 27
8 Webike Tati Team Trickstar Kawasaki 19
9 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 Yamaha 13
10 Mercury Racing BMW 11
11 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha 10
12 Yamaha Viltaïs Pierret Experiences Yamaha 10
13 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki 9
14 Honda Endurance Racing Honda 9