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24h du Mans 2015 moto : le Franc-Comtois Vincent Philippe conserve son titre

France Bleu Besançon dimanche 19 avril 2015 à 15:34

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Vainqueur de l'édition 2014, Vincent Philippe a récidivé, ce dimanche après-midi, en remportant les 24 heures du Mans, 38e du nom et manche d’ouverture de la saison du championnat du monde 2015 d’endurance – moto. A 37 ans, c’est le 3e succès personnel sur la mythique course mancelle du pilote Suzuki, octuple champion du monde de la discipline. L’autre Franc-Comtois, Romain Maître, termine 4e.

Il avait dû attendre onze ans pour s'offrir un deuxième succès sur la mythique course d'endurance , en 2014. Et il n'a donc mis que sept mois, cette fois, pour décrocher une 3è victoire aux 24h du Mans. Et une victoire, avec la manière , lors de cette 38è édition, ce dimanche. A 15 heures, Vincent Philippe a franchi la ligne d’arrivée du circuit Bugatti avec sept tours d’avance sur ses plus proches poursuivants.

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L’experimenté pilote franc-comtois s’était élancé, ce samedi, en 4e position sur la grille de départ , au guidon de sa Suzuki numéro 30. Et malgré la petite chute de l’un de ses deux équipiers, lors de la première heure de course : c’est lui, en personne, l’octuple champion du monde de la discipline, qui a permis à son fidèle Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT), implanté sur le circuit manceau, de prendre la tête de ces 24h du Mans, peu avant minuit . Pour ne plus la lâcher, donc, jusqu’au drapeau à damiers, grâce aux bons relais, également du jeune Etienne Masson (Anthony Delhalle, son autre partenaire, ayant déclaré forfait dès l’aube, à cause de problèmes instetinaux…).

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Vincent Philippe débute ainsi, idéalement, la nouvelle saison 2015 du championnat du monde d’endurance – moto. Comme il avait, finalement, bouclé la précédente, en septembre dernier. Après une année pourrie par les grosses chutes et les séjours à l’hôpital … Et si le, toujours, prestigieux succès aux 24h du Mans lui avait permis d’arracher le titre de vice-champion du monde 2014 , la mythique course mancelle clôturait alors le calendrier mondial : cette édition  2015, ce week-end, est la première des 4 courses d’endurance au programme cette année. Et à 37 ans, le Franc-Comtois l’a annoncé avant ces 24h du Mans : «oui, j’ai vraiment envie  de redevenir champion du monde , à la fin de la saison»  ! Pour la 9è fois de sa carrière, donc…

Romain Maître, l’autre pilote franc-comtois de la Suzuki n° 72, lui, a terminé au pied du podium ces 24 heures du Mans 2015 , ce dimanche. A 1’16’’ seulement pour une frustrante 4e place finale, au classement ’’scratch’’ , comprenez ‘’toutes catégories’’… C’est malgré tout la meilleure performance de la jeune carrière mondiale du Haut-Saônois de 26 ans, qui peut se consoler également par la victoire dans sa catégorie ’’Superstock’’ , sur la mythique course mancelle.

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