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Victory for Kawasaki and title for Suzuki

09/09/2012
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Photo : François NAVARRO - ACO/Nikon

The finish of the 35th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours will be remembered for the new record distance travelled by the victors, Kawasaki won the event for the third time in a row and Suzuki, second in the race, seizes a new title FIM World Endurance.

3532.14 kilometres were traversed in 24 hours by the crew of the SRC Kawasaki team, Julien Da Costa, Grégory Leblanc and Freddy Foray, who not only brilliantly won the 35th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours Moto, but also broke the record that the same team has held since 2011. With this success, SRC Kawasaki claims the exceptional right to keep the trophy of the Le Mans 24 Hours, a privilege granted to a team who win for the third time in a row. Strong performance from Kawasaki ZX 10R No.11, the Japanese also equalized the record for victories by Honda, while Leblanc and Da Costa now join the five riders who have won three times in the greatest motorcycle endurance race in the world.

Second in the race was SERT, with the No.1 Suzuki GSXR that earned the FIM World Endurance title. Leader of the standings before the last round of the championship, the team of Dominique Méliand won his twelfth crown, with its three drivers Philippe Delhalle and Tsuda. The French riders Vincent Philippe and Anthony Delhalle took the riders' world title. In third place after the twice around the clock race was the BMW S1000RR No.99 Gimbert, Nigon Cudlin who had to settle for second place in the Championship in 2012.

In Superstock victory in the 24 Hours Moto went to the Suzuki GSXR No.67 Lucas Hardt and Longearet (MCP Starteam 67, seventh overall), the FIM Endurance World Cup was won by team Penz 13-Kraftwerk-Herpigny Racing Team (No.13 BMW S1000RR de Vos, Vallcaneras-Flores, Pridmore).

Finally, in the Open category, the Scuderia Zone Rouge Ducati 1199 Panigale No.82 with Pagani, Teissier and Royer, took the class win of the 35th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Moto, finishing 35th overall in the race.

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