Suzuki fill World Endurance podium

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Suzuki dominated the second round of the World Endurance championship in Assen at the weekend with al three Podium places taken up by GSX-R1000 riders.

The 200 mile race was close throughout with the lead swapping between several different teams in the first half of the race. But Zongshen No. 2 rider Igor Jerman managed to take the lead after the second round of refuelling, holding off second place James Ellison on the Suzuki GB Phase One bike to take the win by a mere 1.75 seconds.

Warwick Nowland on the Zongshen No. 1 bike managed to work his way through the back markers to take third place, 22 seconds down.

The Ten Kate Honda World Supersport team of Karl Muggeridge and Barry Veneman, who is currently standing in for the injured Chris Vermeulen, entered their CBR600RR as a wildcard in the field dominated by GSX-R1000s. Despite losing out on capacity the Honda team took the Superport bike to an early lead only to loose out on the fuel and tyre change stops where they lack the quick change equipment of the full-time teams.

Muggeridge eventually took the CBR600RR to an amazing fourth place finish and was confident of finishing higher if they could have matched the pit times of the more experienced teams.

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MCN Staff

By MCN Staff