GSR-Kawasaki and Pirelli Wins the 24H of Le Mans Moto - 2010
April 21, 2010
The following is the official press release issued by Pirelli April 19th, 2010
Milan (Italy) - This past weekend at the famous Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, France, the Team GSR-Kawasaki equipped with Pirelli Diablo Superbike tires raced to victory at the 33rd edition of the 24h of Le Mans Moto 2010. This event represents the opening round of the 2010 Qtel FIM Endurance Championship and is considered the world's most competitive 24-hour motorcycle endurance race. From the very beginning of the weekend, the #11 Kawasaki of Team GSR (Gilles Stafler Racing) and its three talented riders, Julien Da Costa, Olivier Four and Gregory Leblanc set the tone by taking the Superpole after leading all the qualifying sessions.
Taking the race lead after just few laps and despite constant attempts by its competitors, the No. 11 Kawasaki took advantage of the night to gradually increase its lead as much as 11 laps until the checkered flag was drawn on its second crew. The reliability of the motorcycle, the organization and preparation of the team, teamwork by its riders and the performance Pirelli tires have allowed team "green" to defeat the former-champion Yamaha R1 bike of the YART-Yamaha Austria Racing Team and the runner-up Suzuki GSX-R of Team RAC 41-City Bike.
The three riders were able to perfectly exploit Pirelli tires to their maximum, even though the entire race was completed on standard tires: Pirelli Diablo Superbike SC2 at the front and SC1 on the rear. Pirelli has once again demonstrated an effective performance, reliability and longevity of its Diablo Superbike tires. This victory confirms the Italian manufacturer's famous saying "We sell what we race, we race what we sell", a strongly impassioned philosophy and proof that Pirelli Diablo tires are a critical element to success.
The final word is left to Team Manager of the GSR-Kawasaki Team, Gilles Stafler, who said: "We did a lot of laps (828) and Pirelli [tires] worked well the whole time. This victory is the fruit of our work!"
The second round of the 2010 Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship will take place on the 22nd of May in Spain, which will host the 8 Hours of Albacete.