The Bol d’Or is to be the setting for the opening round of the 2012 FIM World Endurance Championships. The 24-hour event is to be held on the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit and has attracted fifty-five teams, seven manufacturers and over one hundred and seventy riders from across eighteen different countries.
This year is expected to see a tough battle among the main factory teams, particularly Suzuki Endurance Racing, the reigning champions of the competition, who will be keen to defend their title. They are not likely to breeze through though, as they will have stiff competition from Yamaha, who are entering two official bikes; the Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube and the Monster Energy Yamaha YART. BMW are also determined to take the title from Suzuki after they had to accept runner-up in 2011.
The practice sessions are taking place midday today (Thursday 12th April) and qualifying will follow at 6pm, so this should provide a proper view of how the teams are likely to perform. For fans of the World Endurance, the competition will be broadcast live across all five continents from today!
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