Yoshimura SERT Suzuki Wins 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans FIM World Endurance Championship Opener

Yoshimura SERT Suzuki team wins thrilling 24 Hours of Le Mans FIM World Endurance Championship opener, overcoming early setbacks and fierce competition from BMW and Yamaha.

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Yoshimura SERT Suzuki Wins 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans FIM World Endurance Championship Opener

Yoshimura SERT Suzuki Wins 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans FIM World Endurance Championship Opener

The Yoshimura SERT Suzuki team, with riders Gregg Black, Étienne Masson, and Dan Linfoot, emerged victorious in the 47th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans FIM World Endurance Championship opener on April 22, 2024. The Suzuki squad recovered from an early fall to take the lead when defending EWC champion Yamalube YART Yamaha crashed on the final morning.

BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team finished second, while YART Yamaha managed to recover to third place ahead of an action-packed race that saw several records broken and 78,800 fans in attendance. Karel Hanika's crash before the 16th hour cost YART Yamaha the lead, forcing an 18-minute pit stop to get their R1 back on track.

In the Superstock class, National Motos Honda claimed the victory, gaining revenge for their retirement at the Bol d'Or last year. Chromeburner-RAC41-Honda and 3ART Best of Bike rounded out the Superstock podium.

Why this matters: The wide-open nature of the FIM World Endurance Championship was underlined by the top five finishers representing five different manufacturers. The challenging cold conditions at the 24 Hours of Le Mans tested riders' endurance and skill, making the Yoshimura SERT Suzuki team's victory all the more impressive.

Yoshimura SERT Motul rider Gregg Black expressed his delight at the team's comeback, saying, "It's amazing to be back on the first step of the podium." Dan Linfoot celebrated his maiden EWC victory, while Étienne Masson played a critical role in the team's success. The race showcased the competitive spirit and determination of the teams and riders, setting the stage for an exciting FIM World Endurance Championship season ahead.

Key Takeaways

  • Yoshimura SERT Suzuki team won the 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans FIM World Endurance Championship.
  • BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team finished second, YART Yamaha third in an action-packed race.
  • National Motos Honda claimed victory in the Superstock class, with Chromeburner-RAC41-Honda and 3ART Best of Bike on the podium.
  • The wide-open nature of the championship was underlined by the top five finishers representing different manufacturers.
  • Yoshimura SERT Motul rider Gregg Black, Dan Linfoot, and Étienne Masson led the team's comeback victory.