BMW wins at MOST by a hair ahead of YART
The smallest gap in Endurance history – 70 milliseconds – separated the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team from the YART-Yamaha Official EWC Team at the finish of the 6 Hours of Most. The BMW factory won its first endurance world championship race and the Yamaha team stepped onto the podium for the first time this season. Third in Most, Yoshimura SERT Motul was crowned FIM EWC 2021 world champion.
The first edition of the 6 Hours of Most will not be forgotten anytime soon. A crazy duel ensued in the last minutes of the race between the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team (Ilya Mikhalchik, Markus Reiterberger and Kenny Foray) and the YART â Yamaha Official EWC Team (Marvin Fritz, Karel Hanika and NiccolÃ² Canepa) . German drivers Markus Reiterberger for BMW Motorrad and Marvin Fritz for YART provided viewers with a spectacular fight for victory. Barely 70 milliseconds separate the two machines on arrival. An absolute first in World Endurance! In the last half hour, Marvin Fritz has beaten the fastest lap four times. He set the final record, a 1: 33.875, in his penultimate lap.
It was also BMW’s very first victory in the FIM Endurance World Championship.
The duel almost eclipsed the fight for third place on the podium between Yoshimura SERT Motul and Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar. The Franco-Japanese Suzuki team (Gregg Black, Xavier Simeon and Sylvain Guintoli) pushed back the attacks of the French Kawasaki to the end. Yoshimura SERT Motul’s goal was to win a 17th world title with flying colors and also to be on the podium in Most. They achieved their goal.
Thanks to their victory, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team took second place in the general classification.
Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar (JÃ©rÃ©my Guarnoni, Erwan Nigon and David Checa) finished 4th at the 6 Hours of Most after a clear race. The Kawasaki factory team finished the season on the third step of the overall podium.
The WÃ³jcik Racing team (Gino Rea, Sheridan Morais and Dan Linfoot), which has always led the field, finished 5th in Most. It was their best result after a difficult season.
The ERC Endurance-Ducati (Etienne Masson, Lorenzo Zanetti and Mathieu Gines) progressed in each race and finished 6th in front of the first Superstock, No Limits Motor Team (Luca Scassa, Kevin Calia and Alexis Masbou).
Czech team TME Racing took 2nd place in the Superstock category after a superb race among the Superstock leaders. Energie Endurance 91, 3rd in the Superstock category, climbed for the first time on the podium in its category.
BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers, winner of the FIM Superstock World Cup at the Bol d’Or, was forced to retire. Thanks to their victory in Most, No Limits Motor Team took second place in the FIM Endurance World Cup.
6 hours of racing
After Gregg Black’s holeshot in the saddle of Yoshimura SERT Motul’s Suzuki, Mike di Meglio put FCC TSR Honda France in the lead. Ilya Mikhalchik quickly took the lead of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team while Marvin Fritz made a quick comeback after a slow start from pole.
The first incidents affected the leading peloton after two hours of racing. The FCC TSR Honda France crashed and ended up unranked. Tati Team Beringer Racing and Moto Ain also fell while in the Top 10, followed by VRD Igol Experiences whose Yamaha suffered an engine failure.
VRD Igol Experiences was 7th and determined to defend its 2nd place overall. They were not classified despite a long lap to cross the finish line, but their determination won them the Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy.