17th On World Endurance Debut for Loris Cresson, Focused On WorldSSP Finale
World Supersport regular Loris Cresson secured a top twenty finish in the 83rd running of the Bol D’or at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, his first FIM World Endurance Championship experience.
The opening round of the FIM European World Championship is one of the most challenging events on the two wheel calendar, and when you throw into the mix, rain, pit stops, racing at night, and the small detail of it being a twenty four hour race, you are usually in for a cracker and this year was no exception.
Partnered alongside Vincent Lonbois and Gregory Fastre, the all Belgian Mototech EWC Team acquitted themselves superbly, running well inside the top twenty in the opening couple of hours before a red flag due to weather conditions suspended the on-track action until early on Sunday morning. When racing resumed there was action aplenty, the trio riding brilliantly to move into 17th, completing 304 laps in total at the flag.
“What an experience. I have done an endurance race before at Spa Francorchamps but nothing like this. I love to ride in the dark though so was really looking forward to seeing what we could do. Qualifying wasn’t so bad considering it was my first time on the bike. I didn’t get too many laps because of the rain and in the night practice I suffered a flat tyre, but we all worked well to find the best setting. I kept improving and learning with every lap so was excited for my first World Endurance race. I was pretty confident for the new challenge and the main thing was not to crash and to enjoy myself on the bike. The race itself was really good. I managed to improve my lap time by over two seconds, and I am really happy with the job that me, Vincent and Gregory did. I made the twelfth or thirteenth best lap of the race which is really good when you think that I normally race on a Supersport bike. The last stint was a lot of fun. It wasn’t a full twenty-four-hour race because of the weather but it was still a super cool experience. Maybe there will be a chance to race World Endurance again in the future but now it’s time to rest and focus on Magny-Cours. Thank you to everyone that made this adventure possible and a big thank you to the Mototech EWC Yamaha team!”
Loris now turns his attention to the final European event on the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship calendar at another famous French circuit, Magny-Cours. He currently sits twelfth overall in the standings with three rounds remaining.