24 Heures Motos 2022 - 14-17/04/2022

In 100 words: The ACO held its first bike race in September 1912, long before the Bugatti Circuit’s inauguration in September 1966 with a track length of 4.422 kilometres. Using a portion of the Circuit de La Sarthe, including the famous start/finish straight, the Dunlop Esses and the Ford Chicane, plus a more twisty infield section, the first endurance race for motorbikes on the Bugatti Circuit took place in 1969, while the current track layout of 4.185 kilometres has been in use since 2008. As well as hosting the EWC, the Bugatti Circuit is home to the Grand Prix de France MotoGP event.

Fast facts:
*The 2022 24 Heures Motos marked the 45th edition of the event and the second year running as the FIM EWC season opener.
*Following two years without spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions, fans were back for this season.
*The first 24 Heures Motos took place from 22-23 April 1978 with Jean-Claude Chemarin and Christian Léon riding a Honda to victory.
*It followed the Bol d’Or – the other French 24-hour classic bike race appearing on the EWC schedule – relocating to Circuit Paul Ricard after the 1977 event.
*After starting at 14h00 local time in 2020 and 2021, the 2022 edition of the 24 Heures Motos was flagged-off at 15h00.

Qualifying report

Report after eight hours

Report after 16 hours

Race report

Automobile Club de l’Ouest - Circuit des 24 Heures, 72000 Le Mans, France
Track length:
4.185 kilometres
Race distance:
24 hours
YART - Yamaha Official Team EWC – Karel Hanika
1m34.878s, 2022
Yoshimura SERT Motul – Gregg Black
1m36.195s, 2022
Yoshimura SERT Motul (Gregg Black, Xavier Siméon, Sylvain Guintoli), 840 laps