In the hands of Black, Guintoli and Masson, the Suzuki was a consistent and reliable performer both on the track and when refuelling. The team led at both important points scoring eight and 16-hour marks, pocketing an additional 20 bonus points in the process.
Remarkably efficient since the start of the event, the Yoshimura SERT Motul Suzuki managed to open a significant gap at daybreak. However, in endurance racing, nothing is ever decided before the chequered flag falls. This 86th edition of the Bol d'Or was to demonstrate this with three and a half hours to go, when an oil slick caused the simultaneous crash of eight bikes, including the one ridden by Black. Remarkably, the damage to the Suzuki was minimal. The Franco-British rider returned to the pits without wasting any time and retained command of the race.
During the night, Guintoli was struck by stomach pains that prevented him from doing his stints. From early morning onwards, Black and Masson had to continue as a two-rider outfit – they both rode quickly and smoothly.
Despite several setbacks, Yoshimura SERT Motul crossed the finish line as the undisputed winner, seven laps ahead of its closest rival. The team won thanks to the unfailing determination of its riders and its domination on the track and in the pits. This crucial victory enabled them to snatch second place in the final championship standings.