Suzuki Racing

EWC 2017


Team Suzuki Press Office – July 27.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has made its first steps on track at the Suzuka International Circuit in Japan for this weekend’s season finale – the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Championship fifth round in Japan.

The 15-times World Champions currently hold a narrow one-point lead in the series, and for the 40th-Anniversary Suzuka 8 Hours, have drafted-in young, but experienced Japanese rider Sodo Hamahara into the squad to race the GSX-R1000 alongside long-time team members Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson, as SERT’s third rider, Alex Cudlin, will be the team’s reserve rider.

Today’s initial on-track sessions saw SERT going through many different set-up options before the final practice and initial qualifying sessions begin tomorrow (Friday) in readiness for Sunday’s race.

Team Manager Dominique Hébrard, who has been standing-in for SERT Team Manager and Principal Dominique Meliand this season as he recuperates, has confirmed that the work will be demanding in the lead-up to Japan’s most-prestigious motorcycle race on Sunday.

He said: “We have tested many possibilities regarding tyres, frame settings and suspension. Sometimes, we quickly find the best package to use, but other times, we must be more patient. However, a small crash by Vincent today proved to us we have still a lot of work to do tomorrow.”

In the initial practice sessions today, Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing was the top Suzuki GSX-R1000-mounted team on the timesheets with third position, while Team KAGAYAMA finished just outside the top-10.

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Suzuka 8 Hours Practice Times: CLICK HERE

For more stories about Vincent Philippe, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.

For more stories about Etienne Masson, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.

For more stories about Alex Cudlin, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.

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