Bikes: Sert on Oschersleben End. pole

Reigning World Champions and current series leaders SERT has taken pole position for the World Endurance eight-hour fourth round at Oschersleben in Germany.

Matthieu Lagrive, Julien Da Costa and Vincent Philippe put their GSX-R1000 around the circuit in a time of 1:28.177 to beat Kawasaki France (1:28.340) and Yamaha Austria in third with a time of 1:28.764.

All of the fastest times were set yesterday after heavy rain hit the track at the start of today's qualifying session.

Bolliger Kawasaki were fourth, Yamaha Deutschland fifth, Yoshimura Van Zon Suzuki sixth, Yamaha Folch seventh, Maco Moto Yamaha eighth, Holzauer Honda ninth and AM Moto Suzuki tenth.

SERT rider Philippe, who was injured at the recent Suzuka 8 Hours said: "I had a big crash at Suzuka so it's good for me just to be able to ride here. I can take part in the race and I can do a full relay if necessary, but if the other teams are very fast, then maybe I won't ride in the race."

Da Costa said: "The track here is very tight and very short. We do a lot of laps so it's difficult to concentrate and keep focus. It's easier to make a mistake here because there are no long straights."

Qualifying Results:

1 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team - 1:28.1772 Team Kawasaki France - 1:28.3403 Austria Racing Team - 1:28.7644 Bolliger Team Switzerland - 1:28.9475 Yamaha Motor Deutschland - 1:28.9736 Yoshimura Van Zon Schäfer Motorsport Germany - 1:29.1337 YMES Folch Endurance - 1:29.3608 Maco Moto Racing Team - 1:29.6209 Holzhauer Racing Promotion 1:29.67710 AM Moto Suzuki Racing Competition - 1:30.0961