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Suzuki Junior Team Podiums At Bol D'Or
Posted by: newsla on Apr 28, 2014 - 03:31 PM
Suzuki Junior Team Podiums At Bol D'Or

Suzuki’s Junior Team LMS raced the lead in the 2014 FIM Endurance Superstock Championship and third overall at the weekend’s 78th Bol d’Or series opener at Mangy-Cours in France.


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Team riders Baptiste Guittet, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black recovered from a crash early on to fight back through the pack aboard the French team’s GSX-R1000 to finish on 732 laps, as reigning World Endurance Champions were forced to retire after a heavy crash by Vincent Philippe after leading at the 11-hour mark.

Said Masson: “We were in it to win the Superstock class but when we realised we could get on the overall podium we kept our cool. It was Damien Saulnier, our team Manager, who was the most stressed out! The hardest thing was to manage the choice of tyres. We don’t have the high-speed wheel-changing system as the EWC teams, so congratulations to the crew of students from LMS. They did a fantastic job for their first race!”

Junior Team LMS, who qualified in fourth place just behind SERT, started well behind early leader Vincent Philippe until a high-side by Black in the rain-hit drama-packed event put them down the leaderboard, but after a pit stop to check damage and make repairs, the team started its climb through the ranks as several top teams, including later race leaders Honda Racing were forced to retire following crashes and mechanical problems. The Superstock class winners held-off a strong change by Bolliger Team Switzerland in the closing stages to finish one lap ahead of the Kawasaki.

Following SERT’s crash during the night – and frontrunners Monster YART’s departure after several crashes – SRC Kawasaki took over the lead and held it to the end, clocking-up 743 laps, five ahead of Yamaha Racing 94.

Bol d’Or World Endurance Results: 1 SRC Kawasaki (Kawasaki) 743 laps, 2 Yamaha Racing GMT 94 (Yamaha) 738, 3 Junior Team LMS – Guittet/ Masson/ Black (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 732, 4 Team Bolliger Switzerland (Kawasaki) 731, 5 Team Motors Events April Moto – Fastre/ Savary/ Storrar (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 730, 6 National Motos (Honda) 725, 7 Team R2CL – Jones/ Martin/ Giabbani (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 722, 8 Yamaha Vitais Experience (Yamaha) 714, 9 Metiss JLC Moto (Metiss) 709, 10 AM Moto Racing Competition – Loisseu/ Maitre/ Buisson - (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 703.

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