Le Castellet, France. Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad was forced to retire early from the 80th Bol d’Or, held this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 17th/18th of September, at the Paul Ricard Circuit Le Castellet. The opening round of the new format 2016/2017 FIM Endurance World Championship, the 24 hours of Le Castellet, was not a dream start for the BMW S 1000 RR equipped team, as it had to retire on lap 54.
Team started into the race with Frenchman Kenny Foray, who took the start turn to fight for the top spots of the field. He handed over the machine to his fellow Frenchman Matthieu Lussiana who brought the team’s bike back on podium course, but unfortunately Australian Alex Cudlin suffered an engine failure and pushed the bike back to the pits.
Cudlin had jumped in for Lukas Pesek who’s fitness was in doubt after his crash in Thursday’s qualifying session, which left the Czech rider with no broken bones but heavy pain in this right foot. The team didn’t want to take any risks given the 24 hours distance and opted for Alex Cudlin.
At the end the Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad left Le Castellet early and disappointed but aims to come back stronger next year for the next race of the FIM Endurance World Championship season 2016/2017.
"It’s hard to find any words today. We put a lot of effort in the preparation of this race, not only with the strong result at Oschersleben, which was supposed to be a test for us and ended on the podium. We wanted to keep the momentum going here for the start of the new season only three weeks later but were not rewarded for all preparation and efforts we did for this weekend. It is hard to accept for every one of us, but it’s not about getting knocked down, but how quickly you get back to your feet and this is now our new aim. We got the winter ahead of us now and will re-arrange ourselves to come back even stronger.“