2019 – Bol d’Or: YART Yamaha takes pole for 83rd edition of the Bol d’Or

2019 – Bol d’Or: YART Yamaha takes pole for 83rd edition of the Bol d’Or

Loris Baz, Marvin Fritz and Niccoló Canepa will start the opening round of the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship on board their YART – Yamaha in pole position.

The Yamaha mounted squad was clearly the constant fastest team of the Qualifying at the Paul Ricard Le Castellet Circuit with all three riders jumping under the 1:54 minute marker. Baz took the fastest time of the Qualifying in 1:53.408 minutes, which is the new pole-record. The average time of Baz, Fritz and Canepa is a 1:53.701 minute, making them half a second quicker than the rest of the field. 

Erwan Nigon – #1 SRC Kawasaki. Photo: © highsidePR.com

Second position in the grid is going to see the World Champions #1 Webike SRC Kawasaki France team with Jeremy Guarnoni, Erwan Nigon and David Checa. The trio was constantly fast also, with Guarnoni braking the 1:54 marker. 

Third on the grid will be last season’s World Champions of F.C.C. TSR Honda France with Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike di Meglio. 

A good debut for the official BMW Motorrad World Endurance factory team managed by Werner Daemen. IDM Superbike double-champion Ilya Mikhalchik was the quickest of the trio with a 1:53.669. German rider Julian Puffe and Frenchman Kenny Foray lapped in the mid 1:54s. 

There was plenty of drama in both Qualifying sessions as well and some riders are out of the competition already. 

Belgian Xavier Simeon got injured in Tuesday’s testing session and will be replaced by Ricardo Brink from the Netherlands, who had travelled to the Bol anyways as fourth rider. 

Roman Stamm -Bolliger Team Switzerland. Photo © highsidePR.com

During the first qualifying of rider Blue there was an incident involving Bolliger Kawasaki rider Roman Stamm and Motors Events’ James Westmoreland. The latter’s Suzuki cut off the power going onto Mistral straight and Stamm had no where to go hitting the British rider’s bike. 

Stamm was transferred to the hospital but was back in the paddock this morning, to ride another two laps in the Qualifying. The Swiss rider after withdraw from the event as he felt the pain was too much for going into a 24 hours race. 

Toni Börner