24 Hours Of Le Mans: Suzuki Stays On Top

Cycle News Staff | September 20, 2013

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) is minus one of its top guys this weekend for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it hasn’t stopped the defending World Champions from claiming pole position for the race that starts tomorrow.

With Anthony Dehalle suffering a broken leg, the team brought in Australian Alex Cudlin and it’s been business as usual for the GSX-R1000-mounted team as they stormed to pole position today – led by Julien Da Costa and Vincent Philippe, the two clocking laps within .001 of each other with a best of 1:37.258.

Yamaha France GMT 94 ended up second today with David Checa, Kenny Foray and Matthieu Lagrive all getting quicker today to take second from Team SRC Kawasaki with the Kawasaki team suffering a crash today with Fabien Foret.

Monster Energy Yamaha YART with Broc Parkes, Josh Hayes and Igor Jerman ended up fourth in qualifying – one spot better than the BMW Motorrad France team of Sebastien Gimbert, Sylvain Barrier and Jake Zemke.

Jason Pridmore’s Penz13.com team ended up 18th overall and seventh in the Superstock class. James Rispoli is also on the Penz13.com team – as a substitute rider.

Fifty six teams will start tomorrow’s race at Le Mans.