ERC Endurance Ducati to start 24 heures Motos from P5
Le Mans, France. ERC Endurance Ducati is about to head into the 24 hours of Le Mans in fifth position on the grid. For its second outing, the team of Randy de Puniet (FRA), Julien da Costa (FRA) and Louis Rossi (FRA) have showed a strong pace onboard the Ducati Panigale V4R, mixing it up at the sharp end of the field. With an average lap time of 1:37,529 minutes, ERC Endurance Ducati missed Pole-Position by only 0.823 seconds.
All three riders made a constant high pace job by all posting lap time in the 1:37 minute bracket, with de Puniet going quickest in 1:37.028 minutes.
After the 8 hours of Sepang back in December 2019, this will be the first proper test for the new EWC outing of the Bologna based factory of Ducati. The 24 hours of Le Mans will start tomorrow, Saturday at 12:00 CET with the finish flag to drop at 12:00 on Sunday.
Randy de Puniet:
Seeing our pace, we are ready to fight at the front. Of course we wish and aim to fight for the podium and the ultimate goal to win the 24 hours Le Mans, but we also need to be realistic with this very young project. We had good tests and training sessions but the 24 h is the hardest race you can get at and at Sepang we only had around 2.5 hours of racing. I think we are ready and hope we can have a bit luck on our side as well. It is a strange feeling to hear no noise from the camping site, but at least and finally we can go racing again!
Julien da Costa:
I am happy with how this new adventure on the EWC Ducati Panigale V4R has commenced and our performance during those two preparation days has been very strong. For me it will be my first Endurance race on the Ducati but I already love the bike and tomorrow we will give our very best to fight and specially to gain further valuable data for the future of this project.
Like at Sepang, it is a great fun and pleasure to ride the Ducati Panigale V4R – especially here at Le Mans on a track that I know perfectly. It has been a too long period without racing so finally we can enjoy that again. Of course it is strange here without fans, but they can enjoy the race on TV for full, so this is a little positive thing for them. For sure I will be missing them singing our French anthem at the start tomorrow, but shortly after we will put the helmet on and then just focus on the track and the race!