Motorcycle Racing News 8 Hours of Doha: Suzuki Starts Second

8 Hours of Doha: Suzuki Starts Second

Endurance Motorcycle Racing

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team will start Saturday’s final round of the 2010 World Endurance Championship, the 8 hours of Doha in Qatar, from second place on the grid.

World Superbike contender Sylvain Guintoli, who is guesting alongside SERT regulars Vincent Philippe and Freddy Foray, put in a time of 2:00.862 minutes on the French team’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 – just a fraction behind pole setters, BMW-mounted BMP Elf 99 Racing team (2:00.343).

Third place – more than two seconds adrift of the superbike leaders – was Yamaha Austria Racing Team (2’02.398) ahead of Honda RMT 21 and Yamaha X-One.

The top Superstock team is the Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike piloted by Team Motors Events in sixth place.

With temperatures forecast to top 40 degrees, Saturday’s 8 Hours of Doha in Qatar gets underway at 1 p.m. local time.

Two teams could be crowned the Qtel FIM Endurance World Champions: the Kawasaki Bolliger Team Switzerland, who has been leading the standings since the second race of the season in Albacete, and the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.

Winner at Albacete and Bol d’Or but absent in Suzuka and forced to retire at Le Mans, the SERT is nine points behind Bolliger, regularly in the points and second in Albacete and Bol d’Or.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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