- Judith Pieper-Köhler
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team ready for anniversary edition of the Bol d‘Or.
Classic in France celebrates 100th anniversary.
Fourth and final race of the 2022 season of the FIM Endurance World Championship.
Markus Reiterberger, Ilya Mikhalchik, Jérémy Guarnoni and Kenny Foray in action on the BMW M 1000 RR.
Le Castellet. The anniversary edition of the renowned Bol d’Or at Le Castellet (FRA) marks the season finale of the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team this weekend (17th/18th September). The 24-hour classic, first held in 1922, celebrates its 100thanniversary this year. In action on the #37 BMW M 1000 RR at the Bol d’Or are Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Jérémy Guarnoni (FRA), with Kenny Foray (FRA) as the fourth rider. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team enjoyed a successful two days of testing at Le Castellet in August in preparation for the Bol d’Or. The team also took part in another private test on the Tuesday of race week. The race weekend officially gets underway with the first free practice and qualifying sessions on Thursday. Then the lights go green for the 24-hour race at 15:00 CEST on Saturday. In addition to BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, three privateer BMW teams are also contesting the Bol d’Or. Team LRP Poland (#90 BMW S 1000 RR) is a regular team in the FIM EWC. The team from Japan, TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 BMW (#85 BMW M 1000 RR), will also be taking part, and will share a garage with BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at Le Castellet. The French colours will be represented by Seigneur Motorsport Team Mont Blanc (#74 BMW HP4). Markus Reiterberger: “We tried several things at the Tuesday test. I was a bit unhappy with grip, it was very slippery and the bike was rolling a lot. I hope that we can make another step in this area. We will give our very best at the weekend and hope that we can achieve the best possible result. The Bol d’Or turns 100 and of course our goal is also here to win, but it is difficult to predict before a 24-hour race if we will be able to do that.” Race Facts. What? 100th anniversary Bol d’Or, FIM Endurance World Championship 2022, Round 4 of 4 When? 15th to 18th September 2022 Where? Circuit Paul Ricard, France Track length: 5.674 kilometres Race starts: 15:00 CEST, Saturday 17th September EWC Qualifying best lap: 1:52.374 minutes EWC Race best lap: 1:53.707 minutes