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Apr 15, 2001

Suzuki GSX-R1000 Wins LeMans 24-Hour

A GMT94 Suzuki GSX-R1000 entered in the SuperProduction class for machines with modified chassis and stock engines took the overall win in the LeMans 24-hour, the opening round of the 2001 Endurance World Championship.<BR><BR>The works Honda Elf RC51 entered in the Superbike class led most of the race, but encountered clutch problems in the closing hours and had to be pushed in; the Honda still finished second overall, one lap behind the GMT94 Suzuki, 759 to 758.<BR><BR>Another SuperProduction Suzuki GSX-R1000, fielded by the Suzuki-Castrol team, finished third overall with 755 laps.<BR><BR>The first (and only) American to finish was Michael Barnes, riding for 24th-overall Herman Verboen Racing on a Yamaha YZF-R1.<BR><BR>American Joe Prussiano rode for Bikeshire Racing, which retired and was ranked 43rd in final results; American Jason Pridmore rode for Whirley Phase One on a GSX-R1000, and that team retired and was ranked 47th in final results.