SUZUKI TAKES WORLD ENDURANCE LEAD2007-05-06 10:28
World Endurance Champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has taken the lead in the 2007 series after taking second place at the Albacete 6 Hours second round in Spain.
SERT team riders Vincent Philippe, Matthieu Lagrive and Julien Da Costa completed 226 laps of the Spanish circuit, one behind winners Kawasaki Moto France, aboard their GSX-R1000 to head the series by one point - 48 to 47 -with four rounds remaining.
Philippe led from the start but was passed by Kawasaki France's Julian Mazuecos half-way into the opening hour. The top-two positions remained the same throughout the race although fast-starting Qert Qatar Kawasaki were overtaken by eventual third-placed Folch Yamaha going into the second half of the event.
As night fell, Mazuecos, Steve Plater and Gwen Giabbani turned on the pressure, opening up a lead that saw them clinch victory. Third place went to Yamaha Folch on 224 laps, two ahead of Qert Qatar Kawasaki.
Provisional Results: 1 Kawasaki Motor France (Kawasaki) 227 laps, 2 SERT Suzuki (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 226, 3 Yamaha Folch (Yamaha) 224, 4 Qert Qatar Kawasaki (Kawasaki) 222, 5 Bolliger Team Switzerland (Kawasaki) 222, 6 FCC TSR (Honda) 221, 7 End Moto 38 (Yamaha) 220, 8 T18 Sapeurs Pompiers (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 219, 9 Yamaha Austria Racing (Yamaha) 218, 10 Suzuki Sweden (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 216.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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