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Third Victory For Team Kawasaki SRC at the Bol d‰ÛªOr

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'Incredible' seems to be the correct word to explain the third victory of Team Kawasaki SRC at the Bol d‰ÛªOr scene at the Magny-Cours race track in the most recent edition of this historical race.

Things started to go in the wrong direction after the crash of Matthieu Lagrive during free practice session. After sustaining back injury, the Kawasaki SRC rider was close to retiring from the race on Thursday evening. However, Lagrive‰Ûªs fighting spirit was stronger than the pain and he decided to take part in the race despite a dorsal vertebra injury.

Weather conditions were also a nightmare during the race with light showers coming and going. Starting under wet conditions, the 78th edition of the Bol d‰ÛªOr race saw GrÌ©gory Leblanc crash after only six laps.

Leblanc rejoined the race in the 32nd position and Team Kawasaki SRC made an incredible comeback to the front of the pack. Matthieu Lagrive did his best but was forced to retire after only two stint and leave Gregory Leblanc and Nicolas Slachaud to finish the race alone.

The Kawasaki ZX-10R machine marked with the number 11 took the lead on Sunday morning after the factory Honda suffered engine failure and the factory Yamaha crashed out. With a five lap gap and three hours until the end of the race, the two Kawasaki riders achieved a safe race to the chequered flag.

‰ÛÏTo be honest it was quite difficult for me to imagine that we could win this race." Gilles Stafler (Team Manager) commented after the race "I‰Ûªm used to endurance racing but I can say that it is the most difficult one I have had to deal with.

"I would like to thank all the team members and for sure my three riders. Matthieu did his best with his injury and Nicolas and GrÌ©gory did a fantastic job on the bike. I can‰Ûªt forget Pirelli‰Ûªs support which greatly helped us to claim this third victory in a row at the Bol d‰ÛªOr.‰Û
SRC Kawasaki celebrate on the top step of the podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
EBol d‰ÛªOr Race Results:
1. SRC Kawasaki 743 (Laps) KAWASAKI
2. Yamaha France GMT94 Michelin 738 YAMAHA
3. Bolliger Team Switzerland 8 731 KAWASAKI
4. Team Motors Events April Moto 730 SUZUKI
5. National Motos 725 HONDA
6. Team R2CL 722 SUZUKI
7. TMC City Bike TRT 27 698 SUZUKI
8. Maco Racing Team 678 YAMAHA
9. Flembbo Leader Team 666 KAWASAKI
10. Team Space Moto 37 665 SUZUKI
11. Team Mongore 13 424 - DNF KAWASAKI
12. Honda Racing 642 - DNF HONDA
13. Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers 569 - DNF KAWASAKI
14. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team 376 - DNF SUZUKI
15. Motobox Kremer Racing by Shell Advance 355 - DNF SUZUKI
16. RS Speedbikes Racing 155 - DNF BMW
17. Monster Energy Yamaha-YART 134 - DNF YAMAHA
18. Team JCB Acceleration 87 - DNF KAWASAKI
19. ECS2 Ecurie Chrono Sport 2 44 - DNF KAWASAKI

Endurance World Championship Standings After Round 1:
1. SRC Kawasaki 55 pts
2. Yamaha France GMT94 Michelin 50 pts
3. Bolliger Team Switzerland 8 37 pts
4. Team Motors Events April Moto 35 pts
5. National Motos 32 pts
6. Team R2CL 24 pts
7. Honda Racing 19 pts
8. TMC City Bike TRT 27 19 pts
9. Maco Racing Team 15 pts
10. Flembbo Leader Team 13 pts
11. Team Space Moto 37 12 pts
12. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team 10 pts
13. Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers 8 pts
14. Motobox Kremer Racing by Shell Advance 2 pts

Top Image: The SRC Kawasaki team on their way to victory

Credit: Kawasaki Racing

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