Wepol BMW Motorrad by penz13.com podiums in 2nd after the 24 hours of the "Bol d'Or"
Le Castellet, France. Sensational One-Off Comeback for Rico Penzkofer's Wepol BMW Motorrad by penz13.com at the opening round of the 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship at the 24 hours of Le Castellet with the "Bol d'Or". The Saxonian team conquered the podium after the day long race distance in second position.
On track, riders Markus Reiterberger (GER), Alex Polita (ITA) and Danny Webb (GBR) did a brilliant job as did the team in pits. Even a couple of problems on course of the 674 laps of the Paul Ricard Circuit could not prevent the team from earning a well-deserved first EWC podium.
After the first pit-stop the S 1000 RR refused to start and a faulty starting relay had to be changed. That meant, that the team dropped down to 46th position with the problem occurring so early.
But apart from that, all went well until 7 o'clock in the morning, when the exhaust holder broke towards the end of a stint of Reiterberger. The team could fix the problem in a record time and went back on track, fighting for the Top-5.
During the last hours all went good until the very last pit stop after that a one minute penalty was imposed due to a slight mistake at it. But even that could not stop team manager Rico Penzkofer and riders Markus Reiterberger, Alex Polita and Danny Webb to step on the Bol d'Or's podium to take over some silverware.
Without knowing if this one-off will remain a one-off and what the future holds for Wepol BMW Motorrad by penz13.com, the team now sits in second position of the FIM Endurance World Championship, holding 43 World Championship points.
The race was won by the reigning world champions of GMT94 Yamaha with David Checa, Mike di Meglio and Niccolo Canepa, that of course took over the championship lead with 60 points.
"I'm really happy, the second place in Bol d´Or is really good. It's a result, none of us had expected, we hoped for it and we knew, we could get it, if everything works well. The qualifying was tough for everyone of us, we all had some problems and we had to start from eleventh. The race itself took off with a good start and I could bring the bike back in fourth position, but then the starter relay did not work and we lost many positions, dropping out of top 40. We fought back over the whole race and during the night and especially my both Road Racing team mates did a brilliant job. Besides the starter relay and the broken exhaust we had no problems. It all worked really well and our consistency was the key to success in this race. It was superb team work and a really great weekend."
"I'm really happy, because the Bol d´Or was my first Endurance race and the first on a race track in a long time. We had a problem in the night practice and it was difficult to ride in the dark, but in the race we could push with our team mates. I am really happy because to finish at the podium here, makes me really happy."
"It is an amazing feeling, to stand up there and see all the people and one get's to spray champagne, it's an incredible feeling. I haven't had this for a while and to do it on World Championship level is just incredible. We were an outstanding team, Alex, Reiti and the whole team - even with the problems we had in the race they got it fixed quickly. The team was exceptional and I want to say thank you for the opportunity."
"I'm more than pleased with this result, this time the luck was on our side. Today some others had the bad luck, but in a few weeks time this it's not important any more, if you just look at the results. I'm happy we could show, what we are capable of but the best for us was to keep up with the other BMW bikes, that didn't have any problems. We know that Markus is always fast, but what Danny and Alex showed, was amazing. They didn´t know the track and rode in the dark for their first time. That they reached such times makes me really happy."