Bol d’Or FIM EWC 2021 results
Press release | September 22, 2021
The Suzuki factory team, reigning champion and winner of the 2019 Bol d’Or, took a brilliant victory ahead of Moto Ain on Yamaha and the incredible Superstock team on Kawasaki BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers.
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Yoshimura SERT Motul led the race for 615 of the 704 laps completed. This year’s edition, the 84th, broke the previous record of 698 laps completed in 2018.
Gregg Black, Xavier Simeon and Sylvain Guintoli pushed back the favorites in the first laps but quickly took control of the race. YART – Yamaha Official EWC Team and Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar were able to challenge them and win. But, like all the other factory teams, they did not cross the finish line.
Second with 19 laps behind the leader, Moto Ain climbed on the podium for his very first season in the EWC category thanks to Randy de Puniet, Robin Mulhauser and Roberto Rolfo. They had a faultless race with only a small crash towards the end.
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BMRT 3D exploit Maxxess Nevers
Third at the finish, four laps behind Moto Ain, the BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers has made his name go down in history. It’s rare to find a Superstock team on the podium in a 24 hour race. The last time a Superstock team stood on the podium in an FIM EWC race was at the 2014 Bol d’Or. Riding their Kawasaki, Anthony Loiseau, Jonathan Hardt and Julien Pilot practically led the Superstock category. throughout the race. BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers remained in the lead for 621 of the 681 laps completed in this category.
BMRT 3D’s feat Maxxess Nevers was also rewarded with the 2021 FIM Superstock World Cup victory – the team’s first World Cup victory – even before the final race in Most.
The 84th Bol d’Or podium was also distinguished by its diversity. It included three manufacturers, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki, and three tire manufacturers – Bridgestone, Dunlop and Michelin.
As if to prove that Superstock bikes hold up well against official EWC machines, two other Superstock teams finish in the Top 5. RAC41 ChromeBurner is fourth and only Honda to cross the finish line. No Limits Motor Team (Suzuki) occupied 5th place.
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VRD Igol Experiences finished 6th overall. Florian Alt, Florian Marino and Nico Terol were in the Top 5 at the start of the race before falling. The independent Yamaha team won the points for the 3rd ranked team in the FIM EWC. This puts them in second place in the standings behind Yoshimura SERT Motul, the new leader on the eve of the season finale in Most.
The Bol d’Or Superstock
11 of the 20 machines that crossed the finish line were Superstocks. OG Motorsport by Sarazin and Falcon Racing finished in remarkable 7th and 8th place, ahead of two EWC teams, Motobox Kremer Racing and Maco Racing Team.
The British Superstock ADSS97 team participating in their first FIM EWC race finished 11th.
Between the heat at the start and the rain overnight, the 84th Bol d’Or was one of the most difficult in the history of the race, both for the riders and for the motorcycles. After 24 hours of racing on the Paul Ricard circuit, 20 machines crossed the finish line.
Overnight crashes and engine failure affected many teams including the favorites. The main players in the first stages which then disappeared from the standings were Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, FCC TSR Honda France, YART – Yamaha Official EWC Team and ERC Endurance-Ducati.
Teams that withdrew due to engine failure included Bolliger Team Switzerland and Wójcik Racing Team. 3ART Best of Bike left the race with a stuck gearbox after a crash. Team 18 Sapeurs-Pompiers CMS Motostore suffered a mechanical problem while competing for the Superstock podium. Another high-profile Superstock, National Motos Honda, has pulled out due to an oil leak following accidents. The 33 Louit April Moto team attempted to continue racing with two riders after Luca Vitali was injured but was forced to throw in the towel.
The Bol d’Or 2021 also marked the return of the public for the first time since the end of 2019. 48,000 spectators were on the Paul Ricard circuit this weekend.
The next FIM EWC race is scheduled for October 9 in Most, Czech Republic.