Saturday 27th May 1922, 6.30 am: 17 motorbikes are lined up at the starting line of the 5.1 km dirt road track that connects the villages of Vaujours, Clich-sous-Bois and Livry-Gargan. After racing for 24 hours a winner comes out of it, the Frenchman Tony Zind with his Motosacoche: he has traveled 243 laps (1,245 km), 19 more than the second that made it to the end, with a 51.9 km/h average speed.
The Bol d’Or is the world's oldest motorbike endurance race and according to its first edition's regulation, each bike had to be ridden by only one pilot. The riders were entitled to 4 hours rest that were discretionary: in fact, Zind did not take advantage of them. None of the 17 bikes at the starting line was using Brembo brakes: the reason is simple, Brembo was founded in 1961 and only since 1972 it started producing brakes for motorbikes.
Since then this great race and Brembo brakes have gone a long way. The 82nd edition will take place from 15th to 16th September at the Circuit Paul Ricard and will also be the inaugural race of Fim Endurance World Championship 2018/2019). For this occasion, we have prepared an in-depth look at the braking systems and at how they are used.