Suzuki 2019 Winter Issue

TEAM SUZUKI RACING NEWS 13 2019 Winter Issue Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black in the saddle of the SERT GSX-R1000 Suzuki, had clearly moved on from the heartbreak of losing the 2018-2019 title at Suzuka in Japan at the end of July, where minutes away from clinching the title, they were forced to pull out with a technical issue. SERT started in style at the Bol d’Or 24-Hour in the south of France on September 21-22nd with a new Team Manager, Damien Saulnier, who had worked for Suzuki for more than 20 years in the Junior Team Le Mans Sud Superstock team, taking over from Dominique Meliand; now retired after more-than 40 years and 15 titles for SERT. At The 83rd Bol d’Or, where the race was suspended from 6pm on Saturday until 6am on Sunday because of heavy winds and heavy rain, SERT – who qualified sixth on the grid – put the GSX-R1000 on the top of the podium, completing a total of 313 laps of the Paul Ricard circuit in Marseilles, taking a total of 11 pit-stops – and also earning extra points for being leaders at the 8th and 16th hours. SERT led from the start with Black taking his usual spectacular jump and during the opening three hours, with rider changes, SERT SERT LEADS THE WORLD Despite difficulties, 15-time Endurance World Champions SERT lead the 2019- 2020 series following 2 of 5 races aboard their Suzuki GSX-R1000. S uzuki Endurance Racing Team began the new 2019-2020 Endurance World Championship with an emphatic victory at the Bol d’Or opening round in September and then following this, increased its lead in the series at Sepang in December to increase its lead in the series; despite both events being hit by treacherous weather conditions. The 15-time EWC Champions, with Vincent EWC 2019-2020

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