Driven by German Markus Reiterberger, Ukrainian Illya Mykhalchyk and Frenchman Jérémy Guarnoni, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team’s #37 BMW dominated Bol d’Or qualifying at Le Castellet on Friday, ahead of the #7 Yamaha driven by the Italian Niccolo Canepa, winner of the event in 2017, the German Marvin Fritz and the Czech Karel Hanika. The Suzuki of Yoshimura SERT, favorite with his trio Gregg Black, Sylvain Guintoli, winners in 2021, and the Japanese Kazuki Watanabe, took 3rd place.
This pole position allows BMW to take 5 points in the World Endurance Championship, led by Suzuki’s Yoshimura SERT (130 points) ahead of Honda FCC (104) and Yamaha YART (97).
The Bol d’Or is the last race on the EWC World Championship calendar, after the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Spa, which take place in June and the 8 Hours of Suzuka, contested in early August. This edition will be the last for Suzuki, the most crowned team with 18 victories at Le Castellet. The Japanese brand announced at the beginning of July that it was withdrawing from the World Endurance Championship, after more than four decades alongside SERT. The departure will be given on Saturday at 3 p.m. for an arrival on Sunday at 3 p.m.