Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has finished third in the Albacete 8 Hours World Endurance Championship race in Spain despite being given a Stop-Go Penalty in the opening half of the race.
The reigning World Champions - who currently lead the WEC Standings after two rounds - were penalised at 9.30pm last night for not switching off the lights of the GSX-R1000 Suzuki during a scheduled Pit stop, which enabled leaders and eventual winners, BMW Motorrad France 99 to increase its lead along with the Yamaha France GMT 94 squad.
SERT riders Vincent Philippe, Freddy Foray and Daisaku Sakai battled hard throughout the night session but couldn't quite catch the leaders at the 2am finish, recording a total of 305 laps; just one behind BMW and Yamaha.
The team holds a two-point lead over BMW going into the third round of the series, the Suzuka 8-Hour race in Japan on July 31.
Albacete Race Results:
1: BMW MOTORRAD FRANCE 99 - 306 laps
2: YAMAHA FRANCE GMT 94 - 306
3: S.E.R.T. - 305
4: MONSTER YAMAHA - YART - 302
5: MACO RACING TEAM - 301
6: YMES FOLCH ENDURANCE - 299
7: VAN-ZON BOENIG MOTORS - 296
8: TEAM MOTORS EVENTS - 295
9: NO LIMITS MOTOR TEAM - 294
10: MCS RACING IPONE - 292
Championship points (after 2 rounds):
1. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team FRA 54
2. BMW Motorrad France 99 BEL 52
3. Yamaha Racing France GMT 94 Ipone FRA 35
4. Team SRC Kawasaki FRA 28
5. YMES Folch Endurance ESP 25
6. National Motos FRA 22
7. Bolliger Team Switzerland SUI 18
8. Team R2CL FRA 17
9. Monster Yamaha YART AUT 16
10. Honda TT Legends GBR 15