News 18 Apr 2009


FIM press release:

Matthieu Lagrive, rider designed by Honda France for the Superpole contest, broke once again his own lap record by covering the 4 185 meters of the Bugatti race track at Le Mans in 1’37.304. The Honda France will then start from pole position the 24 Hours of Le Mans, first round of the 2009 Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship tomorrow at 3 pm.

The official Honda leads the Yamaha France GMT 94, which took the second place on the starting grid with Sébastien Gimbert in 1’37.462 and the Honda Michelin Power Research Team, third with Hugo Marchand in 1’37.468.

Another rider below the 1’38 bar is Julien Da Costa. On the GSR Kawasaki, he did his hot lap in 1’37.708. The GSR Kawasaki is ahead the Yamaha Austria Racing Team, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and the Kawasaki Bolliger Switzerland on the starting grid.

The Yamaha Loïc Moto Racing is also very fast and takes seventh place with Patrick Piot in 1’39.184. This Superstock bike is ahead of Honda National Motos.

On the Suzuki RT Racing Team, Ludovic Chèvre missed his Superpole as he nearly crashed. Knowing that he was the first ever rider to start the Superpole contest in Endurance will help him to feel better.