Baz, riding his second consecutive stint aboard the YART Yamaha YZF-R1, had just reclaimed the race lead after a pit stop when the FCC TSR Honda of Mike Di Meglio suffered an engine failure and dropped oil throughout the 180 degree Le Beausset corner.
Erwan Nigon, running third aboard the SRC Kawasaki, was the first to go down on the oil closely followed by Baz, whose bike then collided with the Kawasaki. Both bikes caught fire and were almost completely destroyed before marshals managed to extinguish the flames. Fortunately, both the riders and the marshals walked away uninjured.
It was a fiery end to what had already been an incident packed 83rd edition of the Bol d'Or. Torrential rain and high winds in the early stages saw the race red flagged and temporarily suspended after just three hours, while YART Yamaha were lying third, as standing water on track made it unsafe to continue.
With thunderstorms and more heavy rain forecast during the night Race Direction, after consultation with the Team Managers, decided to suspend the race until 06.00 the following morning, when weather conditions were predicted to improve.
It was Niccolò Canepa who took the restart for YART Yamaha, with the former Endurance World Champion doing a double stint in the tricky conditions, on a track that was initially fully wet but was starting to dry rapidly as a result of the blustery wind whipping around the circuit. Despite some minor technical issues, Canepa managed to progress from third to second before pitting early to switch to slicks and to hand the bike over to Baz.
Baz, taking maximum advantage of the slicks on a rapidly drying track, immediately made his mark on the race. The Frenchman was over a second quicker than his closest rivals throughout his first stint and rapidly progressed back through the field to take the race lead, before heading back in for the pit stop with an advantage of more than half a minute at the front. With such a strong pace in what were still tricky conditions, Baz remained onboard for a second consecutive stint. The YART Yamaha rider had just reclaimed the lead when the incident occurred at Le Beausset that eliminated Baz and his two closest rivals from the race.
It was a bitterly disappointing end to what had been an incredibly strong weekend for the YART Yamaha EWC squad. After dominating qualifying to claim pole position, the team looked set to challenge for their first ever win in the Bol d'Or, the only European endurance race at which they have yet to stand on the top step of the podium, until bad luck robbed them of the opportunity.
Yamaha was represented on the Bol d'Or podium by the Wójcik Racing Team, with Gino Rea, Christoffer Bergman and Axel Maurin finishing in an incredible second place aboard their YART Yamaha prepared EWC class YZF-R1. In the Superstock class it was the reigning champions Moto Ain who took the win with their SST specification Yamaha YZF-R1, piloted by Roberto Rolfo, Robin Mulhauser and Hugo Clere.