Suzuki Endurance Racing Team jumped into the lead of the Endurance World Championship following a brilliant performance to finish second in the third round of five at the Slovakia Ring 8 Hours in Slovakia on Saturday.

The 15-times World Champions – Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black – put the GSX-R1000 into a 10-point lead (scoring 27 points in the race) after previous series leaders, SRC Kawasaki France, were forced out of the race.

So far in the 2018-2019 EWC Championship, SERT has fought back to fifth at the Bol d’Or 24 Hour opening round on September 16th, podiumed with third at the Le Mans 24 Hours on April 21st; and after running in the top-three for most of the Slovakia Ring event, took advantage of a crash by Honda Endurance in the closing stages to take second.

Suzuki also scored success in the Superstock class with Junior Team LMS riders Louis Rossi, Hugo Clere and Alexis Masbou putting their GSX-R1000 to the class victory.