SR75 World Team Suzuki claimed a double podium finish at round one of this year's Arenacross championship, with Cyrille Coulon and three-time champion Thomas Ramette finishing second and third overall in the main event.
Racing the all-new RM-Z450 for the first time in 2018, it was a tale of two different routes to the main event for both riders. Coulon dominated his heat races, taking two wins to get his night off the perfect start.
In contrast, his teammate, Ramette, raced to fourth in his opening heat, but suffered some bad luck in heat two when he stalled his machine. He finished ninth. It meant the defending champion was forced to proceed through the last chance qualifier in order to make the main event.
As the gate dropped for the night's final time, Coulon and Ramette both made a scalding start to get away at the front. There, they raced long and hard for the win, eventually coming away with second and third placed finishes to get the 2018 Arenacross series off to a solid start.
Team manager, Geoff Walker, said after the event, "The guys were amazing on what was a pretty wild night in Manchester. Cyrille bossed both of his heats, while Thomas never gave up despite some horrendous bad luck. Coming through the LCQ to make the main was a testament to the man's determination.
"For both riders to then put on a display in the main and smash a 2-3 finish was breathtaking, and it's a solid start to the tour. Congratulations to the guys, and of course, to Charles Le Francois on his victory."