Fourth place in the 24H SPA EWC Motos, means the Yoshimura SERT Motul team continues its dominance of the FIM Endurance World Championship but with four teams on 31 points, anything is possible in this the scrap for the title.
Nearly a quarter of the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship points were shared out at the SPA EWC Motos 24 Hours last weekend. The 38 starting teams had four opportunities to pocket points: finish in the top-five in qualifying, be in the top-10 in the 8-hour and 16-hour race times, and then be in the top-20 at the finish and the BMW n°37 almost took home a full house!
Celebrating the highest place on the podium, the men of the BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM swept the board with their success the win (40 points), second place in qualifying (4 points) at the 8 hour marker (third, 8 points) and 16 hours (first, 10 points) giving them an almost perfect score of 62 out of a possible65.
Taking aurprisingly second at Spa-Francorchamps (33 points), the TATI TEAM BERINGER RACING Kawasaki n°4 did not show its promise in practice, but by race day it was a different story, after 8 hours (fifth, 6 points) and 16 hours (third, 8 points). This allowed it to move up to fourth place in the championship, just one point behind YART - Yamaha Official Team EWC. The Yamaha n°7 was on its way to a great result, before an engine problem forced it to retire, one of the weekend's losers among the title contenders.
YART lost second place in the championship to the No. 5 Honda, which finished third in the SPA EWC Motos 24 Hours. The F.C.C. TSR Honda France team is the new runner-up to Yoshimura SERT Motul, 15 points behind. The Suzuki n°1 finished at the foot of the podium at Spa-Francorchamps, but retains the lead in the overall standings thanks to its consistency throughout the weekend: third place in qualifying (3 points), first after 8 hours (10 points), fifth after 16 hours (6 points) and fourth at the finish (24 points).
The top-4 of the championship is spread by only 31 points (cf. ranking below), and the potential twists and turns that only endurance racing can give means that even if the BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM is 42 points behind, it still has a chance of taking the throne. To do so, it will have to continue its momentum at the Suzuka 8 Hours on August 7.
In the Superstock class, the CMS MOTOSTORE 18 FIRE FIGHTERS TEAM took a sensational second in Belgium. It took full advantage of the setbacks of several of its rivals, such as those of the Honda n°55 (NATIONAL MOTOS HONDA) or of the Kawasaki n°24 (BMRT 3D MAXXESS NEVERS), to offer itself a breath of fresh air in the general classification.
The Yamaha n°18 is now leading the Superstock class 23 points ahead of the Yamaha n°94 (TEAM LH RACING), winner at Spa-Francorchamps. Third in the overall standings, the n°44 Suzuki (No Limits Motor Team) has been pushed back to 31 points.
Formula EWC Championship - Top-5 after SPA EWC 24H Motorcycles :
- Suzuki n°1 (Yoshimura SERT Motul) - 106 points
- Honda n°5 (F.C.C: TSR Honda France) - 91 (-15)
- Yamaha n°7 (YART - Yamaha Official Team EWC) - 76 (-30)
- Kawasaki n°4 (TATI TEAM BERINGER RACING) - 75 (-31)
- BMW n°37 (BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM) - 64 (-42)
Superstock Championship - Top-5 after 24H SPA EWC Motos :
- Yamaha n°18 (TEAM 18 SAPEURS POMPIERS CMS MOTOSTORE) - 106 points
- Yamaha n°94 (TEAM LH RACING) - 87 (-19)
- Suzuki n°44 (No Limits Motor Team) - 75 (-31)
- Kawasaki n°33 (TEAM 33 LOUIT APRIL MOTO) - 64 (-42)
- Yamaha n°86 (PITLANE ENDURANCE #86 - JP3) - 56 (-50)
The complete classifications are to be found by clicking here.