Team DGSPORT HEROCK riders Didier Van Keymeulen, David Mc Fadden and Lucas Mahias made an excellent start to the “24 Heures Moto” week.

The benefit of our recent private test here at the Le Mans circuit was clear to see as all riders were happy with the way the bike felt in the dry morning practice.

The afternoon practice was not as useful as it started raining from the beginning. Still all riders were send out to get a general feeling with the bike in wet conditions and the rain setting was quickly confirmed.

Our newcomer, David “Mcflash69” Mc Fadden, had a successful first day on this new track and on a bike which was also new to him. He did what the team expected from him and is very confident for the next free session on Thursday.

Didier Van Keymeulen:

"This second half of the season has been good to us. The team has been working hard at the workshop to improve some small details we had seen during the last race, so all should be fine for this race. We are keen to fight for the podium thanks to the latest setting evolutions on our Yamaha R1/K-Tech Suspension/Pirelli package. Some of our opponents will have to calculate or play safe for the championship points while we don’t so we can go flat out and fight for that podium !

A lot will be depending on the weather conditions, but for now it looks like a dry forecast. A bit of rain would help us for sure, but would make the race harder in general.”

David Mc Fadden:

"I'm happy with my feeling on the bike. It was easy to adapt and thanks to my fellow teammates I quickly understood how to ride our Yamaha R1. I didn’t push as they were many things to learn today, but most important is that I feel really confortable on the bike. It surprised me how easy it changes direction.

In the afternoon I put down 32 laps in the rain which is almost a full stint and once again I had a great feeling on the bike and my laptimes were good and regular.

This should be a great first endurance weekend!”

Lucas Mahias:

"It's been an excellent first day out on track. I love this circuit as I’ve always been fast around here. Also this morning with the cold weather my laptimes were good. So in general happy with the way we started this week. In the afternoon I had a lot of fun in the rain as the bike is easy to slide into the corners and for sure we will be among the fastest if there is any rain during the race.”

Olivier Aerts - Team Manager:

"This free practice day didn’t go to plan as the weather was really bad. We came here with an excellent set-up after our pré-mans testing end of July. The plan was to go on with this basis, but the cold weather conditions didn’t allow us to push hard enough. Nevertheless our riders were very happy with the bike, and we were able to confirm our rain setting during the afternoon.

Our newcomer, Mc Fadden, had to discover the Le Mans track and our bike, and I’m really happy with the way he did it and how he integrates the team as we put a high standard to “team spirit”. He takes it step by step and understood very fast what the important things are in endurance racing. Every time he got out on the bike he dropped his laptimes significantly, so once again our rider trio should be in perfect balance for race day!”

The 24 Heures Moto and the Warm-Up will be broadcasted LIVE on internet on the Web TV of the FIM, Saturday 21 September from 10h30 till 11h15 (Warm-Up) and later on the race starting at 14h30 non stop till Sunday 15h30.

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