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SERT WINS BOL D'OR

SERT WINS BOL D'OR

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SERT and riders Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson, and Gregg Black have won the 2019 Bol d'Or, and the first round of the 2019-20 EWC season.

The 24-hour race was cut in half due to adverse weather conditions, but the Suzuki Endurance Racing team's GSX-R1000 was never outside of the top-three before the red flags came out.

Restarted at 6am, SERT finished a lap ahead of second place and also scored bonus championship points for leading at crucial points of the race, taking away 60 points in total.

The result also sees Philippe take the record for most Bol d'Or wins, with nine.

He said afterwards, "I was focused on the last stint and I really appreciated that Damien [Saulnier - team manager] allowed me to finish the race. I want to thank SERT for the hard work and constant improvement day-after-day."

Masson added, "It wasn’t easy to go back on track in the morning, but the bike was working well, and we quickly found the right pace. This race was very special."

Black commented, "It was a very strange race. The track was very tricky, and the race direction took the right decision for the riders’ safety. We were very consistent all through the race. The team worked really well, and I want to thank them all for this victory because it’s my first victory in a 24-hour race."