Few riders have spent as much time racing Yamaha YZF-R1s as Frenchman Sébastien Gimbert. He was a member of last year's world championship winning Yamaha GMT94 endurance team.
Like so many French riders he has specialized in endurance racing for the past three years. His successes in 24-hour races are outstanding, having won all three of the 'classics' - Le Mans, Spa and the Bol d'Or.
The French 250 champion in 1996 and 1997, Gimbert switched to 500GPs in 1998 - riding a V-Twin Honda. Results were as good as could be expected, considering the privateer equipment he rode, but the big break with a factory team never arrived and, after spending 2000 in 250GPs, he tried his luck racing four-strokes.
It has proved a successful transition. In 2003 he won the 24 hour races at Spa and the Bol d'Or at Magny Cours, before linking up with David Checa, William Costes and the Yamaha GMT94 squad to win the 2004 Endurance World Championship. Additionally he rode a R1 in many rounds of the France super production championship and had two wild-card outings in the Superbike World Championship, at Brands Hatch and Magny Cours, where he proved both his and the bike's speed with a brace of fourth places.
In addition to his full-time ride with Yamaha Motor France this year, Gimbert will remain with GMT94 in their assault on the Le Mans and Bol d'Or 24 hour races.
Date of birth: 09.09.1977
Place of birth: Puy de Velay, France
Residence: Puy de Velay, France
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Team: Yamaha Motor France
Races contested in total: 0
First race: xxxx
Victories in total: 0
Pole positions: 0
World championship wins in total: 0
2005: Yamaha Motor France, Superbike World Championship
2004: Endurance world champion with Yamaha GMT94
2003: French superproduction championship (second), Winner Bol d'Or and Spa 24-hour races
2002: Winner Bol d'Or and Le Mans 24-hour races
2000: 22nd, 250cc World Championship 22nd, 500cc World Championship
1999: 19th, 500 GP World Championship
1998: 30th, 500 GP World Championship
1997: FRENCH 250 CHAMPION
1996: FRENCH 250 CHAMPION