The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team starts the decisive phase of the FIM Endurance World Championship from the top position – a first in the EWC and further increases the title chances for the German manufacturer whose team is led by Belgian Werner Daemen.
The Belgian team is one of five teams in full battle to win the FIM EWC championship at this weekend’s Bol d’Or 24-hour race. Performance at Circuit Paul Ricard means there have now been three different managers in the 2022 EWC season.
Results are based on the average times of the team’s two fastest drivers from Thursday’s first and Friday’s second qualifying sessions. Markus Reiterberger and Ilya Mikhalchik’s best laps on the Dunlop-equipped BMW M1000RR proved to be the best in the south of France.
After qualifying with the fastest time and a new EWC qualifying record of 1’52.267 – beating Xavier Siméon’s 1’52.374 seconds in 2021 – German rider Reiterberger went faster in the second heat which took place in slightly cooler conditions on Thursday at speed. 1’51,693. However, it was Mikhalchik from Ukraine who became the fastest EWC driver at Circuit Paul Ricard with a thrilling time of 1’51,641. BMW Motorrad World Endurance data confirmed that Mikhalchik reached a top speed of 342 km/h on the famous Mistral Straight.
YART – Official Yamaha EWC Team finished second on combined times ahead of Yoshimura SERT Motul, who after three rounds leads the EWC team standings for FCC TSR Honda France.
In the Dunlop-backed Superstock category, the Wójcik Racing Team set the pace for the second consecutive round of the FIM Endurance World Cup. In June, the Polish team had already achieved this at the 24 Hours of Trade-Francorchamps. The 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore team was second and National Motos Honda third.
Illya Mikhalchik (BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team): “Firstly, we are very happy with this pole position, it has been a long wait to get to this and it has finally been achieved with the work of the whole team and all the drivers. There were a few traffic issues but I had a good strategy as usual to wait for everyone to leave and I ended up on an almost empty track. At the beginning I had a good drift, but then I decided not to use the drift and just ride with it. I probably lost a tenth on the straightaway but I gained time in the third and fourth sector. I did some really good laps then we finished in the top position.”
The Bol d’Or at Circuit Paul Ricard starts on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM and ends on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM.
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