The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) captured the World Endurance Championship (WEC) series for the 15th time and the second year in a row.
The WEC is an endurance racing series consisting of four races annually involving production-based motorcycles. Suzuki competes with their GSX-R1000 super sport bike in the series, which entails total power including riding performance and endurance.
SERT steadily gained points by finishing fifth in round 1 at the Le Mans 24-Hours (France) followed by second place in round 2 at the Portimao 12-Hours (Portugal). Though it failed to capture any points in round 3 at the Suzuka 8-Hours (Japan) as it finished in 22nd place, SERT was in fourth place and only 9 points behind the leader at the time. And at the Oschersleben 8-Hours (Germany), the final round of the season, SERT battled for the lead from start to finish, completing the race 21 seconds behind the winner in second place.
As a result, SERT overtook first place in the points ranking and captured the 2016 WEC series with 88 points, a single point ahead of the runner-up. It exemplified SERTâ€™s exceptional teamwork and the tremendous total power of the GSX-R1000.
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)