The start of the 2010 World Endurance Championship. Slovak team Maco BK Moto Racing were there to begin their 8th season in EWC.
The rider line up for 2010 remained unchanged from 2009, American Jason Pridmore (2003 EWC Champion) and Spaniards Victor Carrasco and Danni Ribalta (Le Mans winner 2006)
The team arrived at Le Mans with high hopes of establishing themselves as one of the major teams in this years very competitive championship, but the weekend ended as a nightmare.
During Friday morning qualifying Danni Ribalta had a fall which resulted in a broken arm, which obviously ruled him out for the rest of the weekend. During Superpole Jason Pridmore fell exiting the final corner of the lap and badly damaged the little finger of his right hand.
On Saturday morning Austrian rising star Michael Ranseder was drafted in for the injured Ribalta. Following an overnight operation on his injured hand Pridmore declared himself fit after warm up, so at 3.00 pm Ranseder started his first World Endurance event on the BK Maco racing machine. However, our race was to be over inside two hours.
During the second rota, with Carrasco on board the bike, the French SERT rider, on an out lap following a crash repair, left the track and then rejoined at a slow pace directly in front of a train of three riders travelling at full race speed. Carrasco had no chance of avoiding the slow moving Suzuki and an enormous and frightening collision occurred. Fortunately Carrasco suffered only minor injuries but the BK Maco Racing R1 was completely destroyed. An early and expensive end to our Le Mans 24 hour race.
Denisa Greskova, team manager:
I cannot remember a weekend racing which ended so miserably as our Le Mans. Even the FIM representatives could not remember a team so unlucky. After two crashes in qualifying and two injured riders, we began the race with young Michael Ranseder, YART’s fourth rider, Victor Carrasco and a damaged Jason Pridmore.
The incomprehensible actions of the SERT rider Deitrich cost us a lot: not only financial but also damage to the team morale. I trust and hope that our luck and happiness will change for the next round of the championship, the 8 Hour race at Albacete, Spain on May 22nd.