It was a great performance from the BMW Motorrad World Endurance riders. The BMW trio took the top spot for the anniversary edition of the Bol d’Or ahead of YART Yamaha and Yoshimura SERT Motul.
It was impressive what the BMW Motorrad World Endurance riders presented in the second qualifying session of the 100th edition of the Bol d’Or. Both the German Markus Reiterberger (1:51.693) and the Ukrainian Ilya Mikhalchik (1:51.641) were the benchmarks in their categories. Only fellow Frenchman Jérémy Guarnoni (1:52.809) had to take second place. With an average of 1:51.667 minutes of the two best times, pole position went to the team of Belgian team manager Werner Daemen.
On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., the YART Yamaha team with Italian Niccolò Canepa (1:51.942), German Marvin Fritz (1:51.824) and Czech Karel Hanika (1:52.100) will start the long-distance style of 5.673- kilometer race from grid position 2 against the Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France. Third place went to the defending champion and leader in the mid-range, Yoshimura SERT Motul and Gregg Black of France and Sylvain Guintoli and Kazuki Watanabe of Japan.
Behind FCC TSR Honda France with Australian Josh Hook and fellow Frenchmen Mike di Meglio and Alan Techer, the Moto AIN Yamaha team managed to recover from a bad situation in fifth place. The Spaniard Isaac Vinales, the French Corentin Perolari and the Italian Claudio Corti were able to beat the highest ranked teams Tati Beringer (Leon Haslam, Gregory Leblanc, Bastien Mackels) and Webike SRC Kawasaki France with the three endurance teams of France Randy de Puniet, Etienne Masson and Florian Leave Marino. behind.
ERC Endurance-Ducati (Chaz Davies, Xavier Forés, David Checa), Viltaïs Racing Igol and German Florian Alt, French Erwan Nigon and South African Steven Odendaal as well as Wójcik Racing EWC (Dan Linfoot, Sheridan Morais, Mathieu Gines) complete the top -10 of the starting grid. Two places behind are the Wójcik Racing STK team with Italian Kevin Manfredi, Englishman Danny Webb and Pole Marek Szkopek as the best Superstock team in the thrilling finale to the 2022 season.
Time sheet, qualification, Bol d’Or
1. BMW Motorrad World Endurance, BMW M1000RR, 1:51.667 2. YART Yamaha, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:51.883. 3. Yoshimura SERT Motul, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:52.288. 4. FCC TSR Honda, Honda CBR-1000RR-R, 1:52.392. 5. Moto AIN, Yamaha YZZ-R1, 1:52.822. 6. Tati Beringer, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:53.052. 7. Webike SRC Kawasaki France, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:53.093. 8. ERC Endurance Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4R, 1:53.236. 9. Viltaïs Racing Igol, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:53.357. 10. Wojcik Racing EWC, 1:53.492. Also: 22. Bolliger Team Switzerland, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:55.857. 36. Motobox Kremer, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:58.229.