The Suzuki No. 1 spent more than 25 minutes in the pits with a mechanical problem, handing the 24H SPA EWC Motos’ leadership to the Honda No. 5.


The 24H SPA EWC Motos saw a major twist during the night, as the participants completed the tenth hour of racing, when a mechanical problem forced Sylvain Guintoli on the Yoshimura SERT Motul Suzuki No.1 into the pits. Up to that point, the Yoshimura SERT Motul Suzuki No.1 had been leading for most of the race.

It took mechanics more than 25 minutes to solve a gearbox problem before Gregg Black was able to return to the track. The lost time caused Damien Saulnier’s team to drop from first to fourteenth place in the standings.

In second place at the moment of the incident, the Honda No. 5 (F.C.C. TSR Honda France) took advantage of the situation to take the first position of the 24H SPA EWC Motos. As the eleventh hour of the race approached, it was leading ahead of the BMW No. 37 (BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM) and the Yamaha No. 7 (YART – Yamaha Official EWC Team). Only one lap separates the three leading machines.