With a list of participants of excellent quality, we could expect a battle at all times at the 6 Heures Moto de Spa-Francorchamps ... and we were not disappointed ! Especially as the weather, that was announced as difficult, has contributed to make this a very extreme 2019 edition, with continuously changing track conditions and violent showers. We stopped counting the number of crashes - fortunately nothing major - and that is without even counting the missed brake manoeuvres. In these conditions, only the strongest would be able to pull out of the game.
From the beginning of the race, the tone was set, with the fight for the top of the ranking between the lead players Wilbers - J&I Racing (# 91, Mackels-Van Den Broeck), HCR - Ducati Lux (# 10, Fissette-Jadoul-Mertens ), Phenix-Racing Ruby (# 19 François-Fritz-Bos) and Dunlop Test Team (# 37 Siméon-Da Costa). A slightly higher fuel consumption for the # 10, chain issues for the # 37 and a less regular rhythm for the # 19, all this would allow the # 91 of Bastien Mackels and Wim Van Den Broeck to find themselves at the top of the rankings shortly before mid-race. An advantageous position that the duo would never leave afterwards, playing with the sometimes very delicate weather conditions to finally win an impressive victory with a lap ahead. And so Wilbers - J&I Racing make their appearance in the list of winners of the 6 Heures Moto de Spa-Francorchamps. Well done !
The second and third step of the podium were fiercely fought for until the bitter end. Marc Fissette, Didier Jadoul and Stéphane Mertens seemed to hold the good end aboard the Ducati # 10, but in extremis they suffered the law of Xavier Siméon and Julien Da Costa, who completed the race with such strength that the silver medal was theirs to take in the end.
The top 6 of the general ranking was completed by three other machines of the category 1000 Inter, i.e. the # 19 Phenix-Racing Ruby (François-Fritz-Bos), which did not miss its debut in the queen category, the # 88 RR Motorsports (Rolfes-Kerkhoven) and the # 111 Final 3 Endurance Team (Larminier-Boelens-Quintens).
Trophy winner, the # 61 Mototech EWC Team of Grégory Fastré and Vincent Lonbois finished the race in 7th place overall, delicately with their pneumatic equipment under these halberds.
In the other categories, the twists were just as numerous. Thus in 600 Inter, the # 97 Team Edge RST Racing 2 (Edgeley-Folkard) and the # 184 DDB Racing Team (Cresson-Kohnen) were in the absolute top 5 before knowing the throes of a crash. Loris Cresson and Tom Kohnen still had the last word in front of the # 27 Race Performance (Geenen-De Vleeschauwer-Aelterman), also missing out on the gold medal, and the # 97 British Edgeley and Folkard.
Leadership also changed hands several times in Junior 1000, with the last word coming from # 41 Team Alien 2 with Patrice Paulis and Jérémy Legros in front of # 80 Moto80 (Brochier-Van Melderen-Bonafede) and # 58 HRT (Van Bel-Detollenaere-De Gols).
Finally, in 600 Junior, the # 174 Lux-Moto Racing (Dupuis-Kaut-Feyen) totally dominated the race, never leaving the leadership hence claiming a convincing victory in front of # 336 AJ / JS Products Motomode (Mulders-Dupont ) and the # 36 VDB Racing Team (Van den Broeck-Scourneau-Griffet).
With the announced return of the World Endurance Championship to the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps by 2022, the 6 Heures Moto organized by DG Sport have a more than promising future, becoming a perfect test bench before the arrival of the 24 hours of the Ardennes. See you in August 2020 for the rest of this exciting story ...