BMW Motorrad France 99 took victory in the 8 Hours of Albacete to move to within two points of the championship lead.

The team of Sebastien Gimbert, Erwan Nigon and Hugo Marchand led the way right from the start but were kept honest by the Yamaha France GMT 94 Ipone squad, who finished just over 30 seconds behind.

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team were also expected to be involved in the battle for victory, especially after starting from pole position, but their hopes faded when they were handed a stop-go penalty for failing to switch off the lights on the GSX-R1000 during a scheduled pit stop.

Any hopes of repeating their Bol D'or victory had disappeared but they still came home a comfortable third, albeit a lap behind the eventual winners.

The all-British line-up at Honda TT Legends had a frustrating event which had promised so much. After qualifying fifth, they were running an excellent fourth before John McGuinness suffered an accident in the final hour of the race, forcing them to retire.

That position instead went to Monster Yamaha – YART while Maco Racing Team and YMES Folch Endurance ensured the Japanese manufacturer had
four of its YZF-R1 machines in the top six finishers.

Despite failing to win in Spain, SERT still lead the FIM World Endurance Championship by two points ahead of BMW Motorrad France 99, with Yamaha Racing France GMT 94 Ipone FRA 17 points further back in third. Following their failure to score here, Honda TT Legends have slipped to tenth on 15 points.

The next round of the championship will be an eight hour race at the world-famous Suzuka circuit in Japan on the 31st of July.