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￼Suzuki #endurance #racing Team continues to lead in the 2017 #endurance World Championship after finishing ￼fourth in the second round, the 40th Le Mans 24-Race in France.
￼SERT riders #vincentphilippe, #etiennemasson and #alexcudlin crossed the line just-off the podium with a total of ￼848 laps completed following a difficult and emotional event close-to the team’s headquarters – and hearts - at ￼the Circuit Bugatti.
￼In memory of Anthony Delhalle, the team’s long-standing rider, who succumbed to injuries during testing last ￼month, the team raced throughout, despite suffering a couple of slip-offs during the night when Masson clipped ￼another rider. Then, following a quick pit-stop, Masson slipped-on oil and the team had to climb back-up the ranks ￼again. ￼
When Cudlin took over the # 1 #suzuki #gsxr1000, SERT was ninth, but then the team made an amazing climb ￼through the field with every rider change throughout the night moving SERT into third place when the sun rose on ￼Sunday morning after a close-fight with the Honda FCC team – and then SRC Kawasaki – who like SERT ￼suffered a slip-off.
￼To get as much chance as possible to reach the podium, the team decided to double the stints by Philippe and ￼Masson because of their faster pace and also knowledge of the #gsxr1000, but they couldn’t quite make-up the ￼time lost in the pits, finishing just 44 seconds from the podium.
￼However, the team go into the next round at Oschersleben next month with a three-point advantage over SRC ￼Kawasaki and 24 clear of Le Mans race winners GMT94 Yamaha.
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