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Suzuki returns to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycles

The Japanese brand has not established itself in Sarthe since 2015.

Suzuki returned to victory at Le Mans by winning the 44th edition of the 24H Motos on Sunday with the Yoshimura-SERT team on the famous Bugatti circuit, which had not happened since 2015 for the Japanese brand. The team of the bike N.1 Gregg Black, Xavier Simeon and Sylain Guintoli did most of the race in the lead.

With this result, the Hamamatsu firm scored its 13th victory in the Sarthe, tied with the Japanese giant Honda. But it is the manufacturer Kawasaki who retains the record for success in the Le Mans race with one more victory than the other two Japanese brands.

Gregg Black, Xavier Simeon and Sylain Guintoli, winners of the 2021 edition. JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP

The new Suzuki structure, entered in the world endurance championship and assembled around the famous SERT (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, created by Dominique Méliand in the 80s), benefited from the abandonment of the Yamaha N.7 du Yart in the evening of Saturday and the setbacks of the Honda N.5, title holder, throughout the weekend.

The Kawasaki N.11 is second, the BMW N.37 3rd, after having crashed at the start of the race and made a spectacular comeback.The N.5 of Team FCC TSR Honda France with in particular Mike Di Meglio on its handlebars finished 10th . In the Superstock category, the CBR1000 N.55 of National Motos finished first and 5th overall, two laps ahead of the Kawasaki ZX10R N.24.

An edition like 2020 behind closed doors

The 44th edition of the 24H Motos at Le Mans was postponed to the weekend of June 12 and 13 last spring, due to the health crisis. It took place for the second consecutive year behind closed doors while it traditionally welcomes tens of thousands of spectators.

Forty-six teams took the start, against 39 in 2020. The Yoshimura-SERT completed 855 laps on the Bugatti circuit, and this victory allows it to take the lead in the EWC World Endurance Championship.


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