Suzuki 3rd On The Grid For Oscherschleben 8-Hour EWC

Team Suzuki Press Office – June 8.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team – EWC – 3rd.
No Limits Motor Team – SST – 2nd in class
Junior Team LMS – SST – 3rd in class

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team will start tomorrow’s fourth round of the 2018 Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben in Germany from third position following today’s final qualifying sessions.

SERT riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black put their GSX-R1000 into second position in the opening qualifying session with a combined time of 1.27.238, then in this afternoon’s final qualifying, with Philippe’s and Black’s times of 1.27.340 and 1.27.038 respectively in Q1, Masson improved his time to score a 1.27.340, putting the 15-time World Champions just 0.282-seconds off pole setters GMT94 Yamaha.

Among the other Suzuki-mounted teams competing, No Limits Motor Team, an Italian squad competing in the Superstock category (12th at the general ranking and third in class), finished just ahead of the Junior Team LMS Suzuki, who are currently second in the series.

Vincent Philippe:

“The practice sessions went well, and we are confident for the race. We will have to maintain a very fast pace because our competitors are strong. But we really want to get a good result, which would reward the work of all our team.”

Etienne Masson:

“Results of these tests are very positive, especially compared with last year. We
quickly have felt more comfortable, than with the former bike on this track. It’s a very
good and positive sign for the race. It’s time to show what the new GSX-R1000 can realise!”

Gregg Black:

“We are satisfied to be one more time at a good position on the grid. The team is working hard, and the bike improves each time we race. We need a good result this season and everything is ready to achieve this objective. We clearly want to finish on the podium.”

Saturday’s race gets underway at 13:00hrs (local time) with the finish at 21:00hrs.

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