SERT FIGHTS BACK TO SEVENTH AT SLOVAKIA RING EWC2018-05-13 10:26
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team fought back from a costly ‘ride-through penalty’ and adversity at round three of the Endurance World Championship third round at Slovakia Ring in Slovakia on Saturday to finish in seventh position.
SERT riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black, who had qualified the new GSX-R1000 in third position on Friday, had a great start to the 8-Hours of Slovakia Ring, Black holding the lead initially and then moving back to third in the early stages. But a technical infringement because of a missing tyre marking sticker in qualifying - 20 tyre stickers are allocated in the EWC class and 13 in Superstock for an 8-hour race – forced a stop-and-go penalty, losing the 15-time EWC World Champions valuable time and with a lot of work to catch back up to the leaders.
After re-joining the race in the 12th, SERT had clawed back up to fifth at the two-hour and three-hour marks, but were forced to make further pit-stops due to a front brake disc issue that dropped them back again. However SERT mounted another comeback with consistently-fast lap-times from Philippe, Masson and Black that saw them eighth at the six-hour mark and seventh in the closing stages.
Said SERT Team Manager Dominique Meliand: “We suffered the same problem which disrupted our last race at Le Mans. The good news is that we found a solution. At the end of the race we achieved good lap times. We are hopeful that we will find our skills back for the next race in Germany. We are too far down this year to think about the title, but we will then do everything possible to improve again at Oschersleben and to win the next Bol d’Or!”
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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