Sunday, April 18, 2010

Le Mans 24 Hours for Motorcycles

BikeTourGermany took a crew of riders to camp out at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Moto (24 Heures Moto,) April 17 & 18, 2010.

In keeping with tradition, the 33rd Le Mans 24 Hours for Motorcycles is the first round of the FIM Endurance World Championship consisting of five races in 2010.

The race has been held annually since 1978 on the Bugatti Circuit Le Mans, Sarthe, France.

The weather was warm when the riders rolled in. "Le Mans is a famous race and a famous track and it’s always exciting to be here," said tour guide-owner, Joerg Wenzel. "We are 30 meters from the track. That is how we enjoy 24 hr motorcycle races!"

TJ and the gang in France ( Le Mans. )

"The evening is getting cold here at the race track, a fire and enough alcohol will bring us through the night. Race ends in 18 hours ( tomorrow at 15:00 ). Will be a long night."

TJ and the gang in France ( Le Mans. )

HELDEN Fruehstueck :-)

Breakfast for HEROES :-)

Slept at 2 am, got up at 7 am and breakfast at 9, what else can you ask for ( and yes we are kinda sober, laugh ) 4 hours to go until the winner will run his last lap.

The winners: #11 Kawasaki, (GSR) #1 Yamaha  and #41 Suzuki

1/ GSR - KAWASAKI / DA COSTA J - FOUR O - LEBLANC G / KAWASAKI / 24:00:47.253 / 828

2 / YAMAHA AUSTRIA R.T. / JERMAN I - MARTIN ST - GIABBANI G / YAMAHA / 24:02:22.100 / 817 / 11 T

3 / RAC41 - CITY BIKE / JUNOD G - BLACK G - DEPOORTER O / SUZUKI / 24:00:52.743 / 813 / 15 T

Honda France, which made its return to endurance last year, was out to take its revenge on Yamaha that was again counting on 2009 World Championship racer Gwen Giabbani. Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers - Suzuki was runner-up in 2009 - finishing less than 20 seconds ahead of Suzuki RAC41. - But this year, top honors went to Kawasaki. 

The 24 hr European Moto Tour, planned by BikeTourGermany - April 15 to 19.

Joerge loaded up his GSX 140 Suzuki on April 9, 2010 and first headed to Cologne for 3 days of "Motorcycle Safety Instructor" training. Then it was on to France for the most exciting motorcycle race of the year. "If you ever wonder where our Tour Guides get some of their training, check out the video from "Enduro Park" in Hechlingen (Germany).

"If YOU want to go there for one or two days of training with a rented motorcycle, let us know. We can make it happen -"