Honda Looks Back at the 2018 Bol d’Or 24 Hour

Rennie Scaysbrook | December 12, 2018

Honda Looks Back at the 2018 Bol d’Or 24 Hour—The Bol d’Or 24 Hour at Paul Ricard in the south of France is one of two 24 hour events that’s held in the Endurance World Championship, the second of which is the Le Mans 24 Hour, round two of the 2018/2019 championship that will be held on April 20-21, 2019.

Honda Looks Back at the 2018 Bol d’Or 24 Hour

Honda finally cracked the EWC last year, taking the title with the French-based F.C.C TSR Honda France organization with riders Freddy Foray, Josh Hook and Alan Techer, breaking the dominance of Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha teams who have held the titles for over a decade.

This short video shows what a 24 hour race is like in the world championship, with short interviews from riders like Hook, Erwin Nigon, and Sebastien Gimbert. The Bol is legendary almost more as a party than as a race. With 70,000 spectators in attendance, the carnival atmosphere of the event needs to be experienced to be believed. If you get the chance to see a European 24 Hour, make sure you do it.

There were no full-time riders in from the U.S. in the EWC last year. The U.S. has a good history in the Endurance World Championship, with Jason Pridmore sealing the championship in 2003 and 2012, but the fact of it being a mainly European-based series (with one race in Japan at the Suzuka 8 Hours), doesn’t help riders from this side of the Atlantic wanting to get over and try their hand at endurance racing.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.