SUZUKIS DOMINATE IN NEW ZEALAND

Team Suzuki riders dominated the Endurance and 600cc Sports Production classes at the final round of the New Zealand Road Racing Endurance Championship at Pukekohe on virtually stock production GSX-Rs.

Suzuki New Zealand-sponsored riders Andrew Stroud and Ray Clee raced their out-of-the-crate GSX-R1000K5 to victory in the Endurance class and Craig Shirriffs and Karl Morgan dominated the Sports Production class on their GSX-R600 at the 2.8 kilometre circuit.

Pole setter Stroud led the Le Mans-style start for five laps until passed by Jared Love (Honda). Yamaha-mounted Tony Rees closed on the leaders and a high-speed freight train ensured with the lead changing each lap. Stroud was baulked several times as the trio closed on back markers but pulled ahead, a position he held with riding partner Clee until race end.

The drama behind continued as Love pitted for fuel at the 30 minute mark, with team-mate Dean Fulton taking charge: The lead continued to change between teams as each rider pitted for gas, with Stroud, Rees and Fulton the race order until a rejuvenated Love took over again. He closed to within 13 seconds of the leaders, setting a new track record of 55.8 seconds, before pitting for a final burst by Fulton with a fresh Michelin rear tyre.

While the new tyre was being fitted and the tank refilled, the Pace car came onto the track due to a crashed rider. But while leaving the Pit Lane exit, Fulton passed Rees without knowing the circuit was under a yellow flag and suffered a 20 second penalty.

NZ Endurance Title and Superbike Results: Stroud/ Clee (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 119 laps: Rees (Yamaha R1), 119 laps: Love/ Fulton (Honda CBR1000RR), 118 laps.

600cc Sports Production Class Results: Shirriffs/ Morgan (Suzuki GSX-R600), 115 laps: Jones (GSX-R600), 114 laps: McAdam/ Odonoghue (Kawasaki ZX-6RR), 114 laps.


Source: Team Suzuki Press Office

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