Yamaha Phase One Endurance were forced to retire from the Oschersleben 24 Hour round of the QMMF Endurance FIM World Championship. They had held second place for much of the race, behind SERT Suzuki and ahead of Kawasaki France and Yamaha Austria.
Team manager Russell Benney explained: “The race for us was another one of great disappointment because we had been lying in second place for six hours and for a further ten hours in third place. We went out with a mechanical failure when the clutch nut vibrated itself loose and we lost the drive to the oil pump, which then knocked the crankshaft bearings out.
“We had some really spirited riding from Warwick Nowland, Stefan Nebel and Pedro Vallcaneras (replacing Geln Richards who had a prior committment at Croft in the National superstock race). It’s been a great weekend but what a horrible result. We’ll put this behind us immediately, and the Bol d’Or preparations start tomorrow.”
The next round of the championship is the Bol d’Or 24 Hour at Magny Cours in France, on September 15/16th