Bol d'Or 2010

Of 57 teams that took part in this weekend’s 74th edition of the Bol d’Or endurance race only 22 teams made it across the finish line 24 hours later, with the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) taking the victory ahead of Kawasaki Bolliger Switzerland and Yamaha Folch Endurance with a fourteen laps gap.

The SERT team with Vincent Philippe, Guillaume Dietrich and Freddy Foray won the fourth and penultimate round of the 2010 Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship, but it’s still the Kawasaki Bolliger Team Switzerland that holds a 9 point advantage in the championship standings. The title will be assigned at the final round in the 8 Hours of Doha, Qatar.

Way back in 1985 and 1986 went to both the Bol and the Le Mans 24 bike race, what this clip misses is the atmosphere round the circuit its a 24 hour party. In the Le Mans infield there is a fairground that runs all night very surreal after a few large drinks and very little sleep.

At Le Mans in the wee small hours, we saw a rider loose it in the wet just as he crested the rise after the pits, he and the bike slid for what must have been 100yds plus, just as he was coming to a halt he dug his heels in sprang up kicked the bike picked it up and raced on with a smashed fairing and deranged lights. If memory serves they raced on until the closing stages when the engine let go. That year the race started in snow it rained through most of it and it ended in hail the size of small peas! Hard men:w00t: