The French team of Jean-Claude Chemarin and Christian Leon riding a works Honda RCB of 997 c.
The French team of Jean-Claude Chemarin and Christian Leon riding a works Honda RCB of 997 c.c. have won the 24 Hours Le Mans Endurance event for motorcycles for the second year running.
SYNOPSIS: Held over the weekend (22 and 23 April) at Le Mans in western France, the two day meeting attracted the usual huge crowds.
It was perfect weather for the race. No serious accidents occurred but there were crashes. One spectacular one occurred when one of the Sidem-Godier Genoud Kawasakis came to grief.
The rider -- luckily -- was uninjured. Not so his bike.
An estimated 40 thousand spectators had gathered to watch the race which sports writers had predicted was likely to lead to a Chemarin-Leon win.
On and on, into the night, with riders thankful that the good conditions were lasting for the more dangerous part of the race. A night pit stop for Charles Williams on his British Honda Racing RCB.
Hundreds and hundreds of laps have passed and still they ride on, fighting fatigue, hoping they and their machines will last the distance. Many don't.
Chemarin and Leon had led for all but one of the 752 laps of the race, together covering one thousand 982 miles (3189 kms) -- 53 miles (84 kms) more than the second place getter.