Riders Julien Da Costa, Gregory Leblanc and Olivier Four on Kawasaki ZX10R bike fitted with Pirelli Diablo Superbike, Diablo Wet and Diablo Rain tyres give the victory in the competition to Akashi's factory after 15 years
Roissy, le 16 April 2012 - This weekend, on the famous racetrack of Nevers Magny-Cours, the Team Kawasaki SRC on its ZX10R fitted with Pirelli Diablo Superbike, Diablo Wet and Diablo Rain tyres won the 76th edition of Bol d'Or. After a second place in 2011, Pirelli are hoisted onto the first place for the first time in its history. This is with the same team and the same riders with whom Pirelli had won the two last editions of the 24h du Mans Moto 2010 and 2011, so that the Italian manufacturer has now won this new prestigious success in Endurance World Championship. All relays were done with Pirelli Diablo Superbike, Diablo Wet and Diablo Rain. The grip and the mileage of Pirelli tyres allowed extend relays, offering at the same time a constant performance to the riders all along the race duration.
At the 2nd place on the starting line after pratice, the Kawasaki No°11 and its three tricolor riders, Julien Da Costa, Gregory Leblanc and Olivier Four announced their ambition to aim for first place. In spite of fickle weather, the Kawasaki riders managed to keep a high rhythm adapting it to the different racetrack conditions. Pirelli Diablo Superbike, Wet and Rain tyres proved their performance on dry, humid and wet racetrack conditions.
Thanks to an excellent start Julien Da Costa kept the contact with the SERT Suzuki no°1 bike ridden by Vincent Philippe during the first part of the race. Spectators watched, over the hours, a wonderful head to head between the riders that were always in contact giving a very high level relay in a duel that will leave its mark in Bol d'Or history. After 22 hours of racing, the first two were separated by less than 30 seconds!
Finally, we had to wait until the last hour of the race to see the Kawasaki n°11 take a deciding advantage relegating the SERT team to second at more than 1m 40sec and the third at 5 laps. No motorcycle would be able to catch up with The â??green team' who then ran to final success after 781 laps (3.268,48 km). 26 pit stops were done for a stop time cumulated of 19m46sec. The Kawasaki-SRC's consistency and excellent pit work allowed managing the relays between riders perfectly and contributed towards this victory.
The relation between riders, motorcycle and Pirelli Diablo Superbike, Diablo Wet and Diablo Rain tyres turned out successfully to win the Bol d'Or for the first time before the SERT-Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki GSXR n°1 and the Yamaha R1 n°7 of the Team Monster YART -Yamaha Austria Racing Team.
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