Watch: Guy Martin take on the Spa Bikers’ Classic
Team Classic Suzuki have released the full documentary following the team’s time at the Bikers’ Classic at Spa Francorchamps. It follows Guy Martin as he and team-mate Pete Boast tackled the 4-hour endurance race aboard the 1100cc Suzuki Katana.
Martin and Boast successfully piloted the bike to seventh place in the race in challenging conditions after very little practice or track time leading up to the race. Guy hadn’t even ridden around the iconic circuit until the Thursday leading up to Saturday's endurance race.
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The Spa Francorchamps race was the second in a series of four classic endurance races for the European Classic Series. It followed the unsuccessful Endurance Legends race for the team at Donington Park in May, where a crash at the end of the first lap resulted in the withdrawal from the race.
The 1982 GSX1100 Katana was built in November of last year at Motorcycle Live and has made full utilisation of the Suzuki Vintage Parts Program.
“We wanted to keep the essence of the Katana, so we decided to build a bike from scratch” said Nathan Colombi, Team Classic Suzuki’s crew chief. “We bought a donor 1982 GSX1100 motor, kept all the cases, the crank, cylinder head, then borrowed a Katana chassis from a customer, drew it and worked out what we wanted to do with it to get it to handle better – we moved the headstock, pivot points etc and then had the frame made from chrome-moly.”
Here's what happened when the team entered the Donington Park Endurance legends race.