We started 18th in the scratch race (out of 39) and 5th in the Superstock class (out of 22) in which we are engaged, we knew that our race rhythm was good and that we could play for the podium in our class and a top 10 scratch race.
As soon as the start was given at 12H, our Yamaha R1 didn’t start…a quick manipulation and we left last with a ten seconds delay on the peloton…the challenge started.
Lap after lap, we managed to get back to 10th scratch and 3rd Superstock after 4 hours of racing.
But unfortunately, in this crazy climb, a heavy crash at the braking point of the “Chemin aux boeufs” partially destroyed our bike.
The rider was “nothing” despite the violence of the impact…phew.
The technical team worked in an exemplary way and the bike was rebuilt in 32 minutes!
Between the moment of the crash and the moment when we get out of the box, we lose 55 minutes in this misadventure and leave last with several laps behind the second last…but there is still 18 hours of race left and we tell ourselves that everything is possible and that we should never give up.