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SBK, 24 Hours of Le Mans: Record-breaking pole by Niccolò Canepa and the YART team

The Italian set a new circuit record and thanks in part to Hanika's time trial will start ahead of everyone. Suzuki and Honda in 2nd and 3rd place, BMW in 5th.

SBK: 24 Hours of Le Mans: Record-breaking pole by Niccolò Canepa and the YART team

Niccolò Canepa will start from pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The YART Yamaha team will start ahead of everyone tomorrow at 3 p.m. when the race gets underway, and much credit goes to the Italian who set the best time yesterday in 1'34"708, the only rider to go under 1'35" and a new circuit record. His teammate Karel Hanika (the third crew member is Martin Fritz) didn't spare himself either, and with a time of 1'35"028 he set the second benchmark of the round, discounting the pole given by the average of the two best times. The team also gets 5 points for the qualifying result.

There are three different bikes in the top spots, with the Suzuki of the Yoshimura Sert team (Black, Masson and Linfoot the riders) in 2nd place, ahead of the Honda of F.C.C. TSR (Hook, Di Meglio and Techer the crew). Fourth place for another Honda, that of the Viltais Racing team, ahead of the official BMW team fielding Mykhalchyk, Guintoli and Reitenberger and the Kawasaki Webike Trickstar of Leblanc, Gamarino and Ramos Alvaro. A very diverse lineup then with many different bikes that will be able to play for victory.

In Superstock great performance of National Motos' Honda, with the two Suchets (Sebastian and Valentin) first in their category and authors of the 9th overall time. As for the Italians, Kevin Manfredi (bearer of the Wojcik Racing theme on Honda) will start 15th and 5th in Superstock, while Calia, Bernandi and Cavalieri on the Aprilia RSV are in 8th position in Stock and 19th overall, ahead of the Yamaha of Alessandro Delbianco. Of note were the 11th place in Superstock (22nd overall) of the Italian Honda No Limits team (in which Lorenzo Gabellini is running) and the 14th ( 28th overall) of Doriano Vietti Ramus, brother of Celestino, making his debut in the endurance classic on the Yamaha of 3Art Best of Bike.


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