Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT)

Suzuki captures WEC motorcycle series for second straight year

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 SERT’s exceptional teamwork and the tremendous total power of the GSX-R1000.

(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)