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2012 FIM Endurance World Championship

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) was fastest Friday during qualifying for the Oschersleben 8 Hours in Germany.

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The team, consisting of riders Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Yukio Kagayama, recorded a combined time of 1:26.982 to place its Suzuki GSX-R 1000 on the pole for Saturday’s Oschersleben event. Philippe was quickest out of the trio, the Frenchman posting a best individual lap of 1:26.672.

But it wasn’t a runaway qualifying session for SERT, which also led Thursday’s practice; the top four teams were separated by only a second.

Starting from second at round four of five in the 2012 FIM Endurance World Championship will be BMW Motorrad France, which consist of riders S├ębastien Gimbert, Damian Cudlin and Erwan Nigon.

Third on the grid goes to Monster Yamaha’s Igor Jerman, Steve Martin and Katsuyuki Nakasuga; the Japanese rider clocking-up the fastest individual lap of the day with a blistering time of 1:26.397.

Yamaha France GMT 94 will start from fourth on the grid, the final team to post within a second of SERT. Starting from fifth is the Honda TT Legends team.

The Oschersleben 8 Hours gets underway at 2 p.m. local time Saturday, and finishes at 10 p.m.

2012 Oschersleben 8 Hours Qualifying Results:
1. SERT (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 1:26.982
2. BMW Motorrad France (BMW) 1:27.064
3. Monster Energy Yamaha (Yamaha) 1:27.199
4. Yamaha France GMT94 (Yamaha) 1:27.519
5. Honda TT Legends (Honda) 1:28.053
6. MCP Starteam 67 (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 1:28.548
7. Maco Racing Team (Yamaha) 1:28.635
8. QERT (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 1:28.861
9. Bolliger Team Switzerland (Kawasaki) 1:28.937
10. AM Moto Racing Competition (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 1:29.225