Victory for Jules Cluzel with GMT94 Yamaha in Thailand

17 March 2019

Chang International Circuit Buriram

Race resume

In 2000, GMT94 won its first race in the Endurance World Championship with Christophe Guyot, Sébastien Scarnato and Nicolas Dussauge. It was in Germany on the Oschersleben’s track. It is unforgettable. Thailand, Buriram’s circuit and Jules Cluzel will mark the first GMT94 victory in a World Championship race. Just like his first pole position. The emotion is great for the whole team. Corentin Perolari was the author of a great race despite a big fright at the start when Ayrton Badovini’s bike came hurting Corentin’s Yamaha R6. Despite a fairing partly torn and he left from the last position, Corentin did not give up and quickly found the good pace of the race he had finally found during the warmup. The whole team can be satisfied with the overseas tour.

 

Jules Cluzel: “I never came out of Thailand with so many points. 45 out of 50 possible, it’s really good. The race was very hard because I didn’t want to make any mistake. I also couldn’t afford to stay in the slipstream of my competitors to keep the engine as cool as possible with an air temperature of more than 40 degrees Celsius. I managed to stick to my strategy of staying ahead of the race, overtaking back as soon as a rider tried to pass. I’m obviously happy to start again after two races with the GMT94 team. Thanks to them.”

 

Corentin Perolari: “Congratulations to Jules. I’m really happy for him. I’ll do better for qualifications in Spain. Being too far on the starting grid exposes too much to what has happened to me. It doesn’t matter. I am 6th in the championship ranking and above everything I found a very good racing pace. The tick I had during the warmup was confirmed and it’s the most important. I can’t wait for Spain. I will finally ride on tracks that I know.”

 

Christophe Guyot: “We don’t win a championship on the first two races. But it’s possible to lose it. We leave Australia and Thailand without compromising our chances. Beyond the victory it’s a real satisfaction. We still have a lot of small details to improve to allow Jules to express all his talent. We will be able to devote all our energy to it when we will return to Europe. Corentin Perolari can be proud of his race. He gave everything and he scores points that will be valuable at the end of the season. He left the overseas tour in 6th position of the World Championship. Anything remains possible…”

 

© Photo: Lukasz Swiderek

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