World Endurance Champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team made a remarkable comeback to finish third at yesterday's World Endurance fourth round at Oschersleben in Germany after crashing out of the lead at the half-way point.
After leading from the start - and then losing it for a few laps early on - team riders Mathieu Lagrive, Julien Da Costa and injured Vincent Philippe had regained control of the race until Lagrive crashed the SERT GSX-R1000.
However, after limping back to the pits, the French squad repaired the machine and Philippe - hurt at the recent Suzuka round - took over in tenth position.
Over the final four hours, the team clawed back into contention finishing just two laps behind winners Kawasaki France who recorded 305 circuits in eight hours.
Seventh place overall went to the Suzuki-mounted AMA Moto Racing Competition Team with French riders Sullivan Hernandez, Pierre Guersillon and Fabrice Auger with a total of 300 laps.
SERT's podium keeps their strong lead in the series intact. They now head the Championship on 74 points ahead of Yamaha Austria (43) and Team Kawasaki France (39) with two rounds remaining.
Results: 1 Kawasaki France - 305 laps, 2 Yamaha Austria - 304, 3 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Suzuki GSX-R1000) - 303, 4 Phase One Endurance - 303, 5 YMES Folch Endurance - 302, 6 Maco Moto Racing Team - 302, 7 AM Moto Racing Competition (Suzuki GSX-R1000) - 300, 8 RMT 21 Racing 298, 9 Diablo 666 Bolliger Kawasaki - 296, 10 La Fortezza Amadeus X One - 295.