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24 Hours of Le Mans (motorcycle race)

The 24 Heures Motos (often called in English the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race) is a motorcycle endurance race held annually since 1978 on the Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, Sarthe, France. The race is organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and is part of the Endurance FIM World Championship.

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HistoryEdit

When the Bol d'Or moved from Bugatti Circuit to Circuit Paul Ricard at the end of 1977, the ACO created the 24 Heures Moto.[1] The race became one of "the classics" of endurance racing along with the 24 Hours of Liège, the 8 Hours Of Suzuka, and the Bol d'Or.

At the end of 2001, the three 24 Hour classic races (Le Mans, Liège and the Bol d'Or) withdrew from the Endurance World Championship to create the Master of Endurance. Le Mans returned to the Endurance FIM World Championship in 2006.

Race weekend formatEdit

Thursday

Free practice sessions, 1st qualifying practice sessions (in groups) and night practice sessions

Friday

2nd qualifying practice sessions (in groups), superpole

Saturday

Warm-up session. 3.00 PM Le Mans start. NOTE: The traditional Le Mans start, abolished in 1970 for automobiles, is still used for motorcycles.

Sunday

3.00 pm, finish of the race followed by the prize-giving ceremony

WinnersEdit

Year Riders Bike
Rider 1 Rider 2 Rider 3
1978   Jean-Claude Chemarin   Christian Léon Honda
1979   Jean-Claude Chemarin   Christian Léon Honda
1980   Marc Fontan   Hervé Moineau Honda
1981   Jean-Claude Chemarin   Christian Huguet Kawasaki
1982   Pierre-Étienne Samin   Dominique Pernet Suzuki
1983   Gérard Coudray   Jacques Cornu   Sergio Pellandini Kawasaki
1984   Dirk Brand   Henk Van der Mark Suzuki
1985   Bernard Millet   Guy Bertin   Philippe Guichon Suzuki
1986   Alex Vieira   Gérard Coudray   Patrick Igoa Honda RVF750
1987   Alex Vieira   Jean-Michel Mattioli   Jean-Louis Battistini Honda
1988   Alex Vieira   Jean-Michel Mattioli   Christophe Bouheben Honda RVF750
1989   Alex Vieira   Jean-Michel Mattioli   Roger Burnett Honda
1990   Alex Vieira   Jean-Michel Mattioli   Stéphane Mertens Honda
1991   Philippe Monneret   Bruno Bonhuil   Rachel Nicotte Yamaha
1992   Terry Rymer   Carl Fogarty   Michel Simul Kawasaki
1993   Adrien Morillas   Brian Morrison   Wilfried Veille Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R
1994   Adrien Morillas   Jean-Louis Battistini   Terry Rymer Kawasaki
1995   Alex Vieira   Rachel Nicotte   Brian Morrison Honda RC45
1996   Jehan D'Orgeix   Piergiorgio Bontempi   Brian Morrison Kawasaki
1997   Doug Polen   Juan-Éric Gomez   Peter Goddard Suzuki
1998   Bertrand Sebileau   Thierry Paillot   Igor Jerman Kawasaki
1999   Bertrand Sebileau   Steve Hislop   Chris Walker Kawasaki
2000   Sébastien Charpentier   William Costes   Sébastien Gimbert Honda
2001   Christophe Guyot   Sébastien Scarnato   Nicolas Dussauge Suzuki
2002   Jean-Michel Bayle   Sébastien Gimbert   Nicolas Dussauge Suzuki
2003   Brian Morrison   Philippe Dobé   Vincent Philippe Suzuki
2004   Stéphane Chambon   Keiichi Kitagawa   Warwick Nowland Suzuki
2005   David Checa   William Costes   Sébastien Gimbert Yamaha
2006   Olivier Four   Frédéric Protat   Daniel Ribalta-Bosch Honda
2007   William Costes   Guillaume Dietrich   Max Neukirchner Suzuki GSX series
2008   William Costes   Guillaume Dietrich   Barry Veneman Suzuki
2009   Gwen Giabbani   Steve Martin   Igor Jerman Yamaha
2010   Julien Da Costa   Olivier Four   Grégory Leblanc Kawasaki
2011   Julien Da Costa   Olivier Four   Grégory Leblanc Kawasaki
2012   Julien Da Costa   Freddy Foray   Grégory Leblanc Kawasaki
2013   Grégory Leblanc   Fabien Foret   Nicolas Salchaud Kawasaki
2014   Vincent Philippe   Anthony Delhalle   Erwan Nigon Suzuki
2015   Vincent Philippe   Anthony Delhalle   Étienne Masson Suzuki
2016   Grégory Leblanc   Matthieu Lagrive   Fabien Foret Kawasaki
2017   Mike Di Meglio   David Checa   Niccolò Canepa Yamaha
2018   Joshua Hook   Freddy Foray   Alan Techer Honda CBR
2019   Jérémy Guarnoni   David Checa   Erwan Nigon Kawasaki

By manufacturerEdit

Wins Manufacturer
14   Kawasaki
12   Suzuki
12   Honda
4   Yamaha

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "22 and 23 April 1978" (in French). Lemans.org. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-25.

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