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Aug 10, 2001

Suzuki GSX-R1000s Fill Top Six Grid Spots For Oschersleben 24-hour

<BR>With an average time of 1:31.801 on a Suzuki GSX-R1000, GMT94's Christophe Guyot, Sebastien Scarnato and Nicolas Dussauge earned the pole position for the 24-hour Endurance World Championship race at the Motopark Oschersleben in Germany on Friday.<BR><BR>Unfortunately, Dussauge, GMT94's fastest rider, was seriously injured during the qualifying session and will not participate in the race, the penultimate round of the series. GMT94's reserve rider, Phillippe Dobe, will ride in Dussauge's place.<BR><BR>Zong Shen's three riders turned an average lap time of 1:31.916 on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for second on the grid. Schafer-MO-Devil Racing Team's three riders, on another Suzuki GSX-R1000, averaged 1:31.992, third on the grid. France's Castrol Suzuki team earned the fourth spot on the grid with an average time of 1:32.094.<BR><BR>Zong Shen's second team qualified fifth with an average time of 1:32.293 on another GSX-R1000. <BR><BR>Reigning Endurance World Champions Whirley Phase One recorded an average lap time of 1:32.952 on a Suzuki GSX-R1000. <BR><BR>The top five qualifying positions, all taken by SuperProduction-class Suzuki GSX-R1000s, were separated by a mere 0.4-second. <BR><BR>The fastest Superbike qualifier is the current World Championship points leader, Wim Motors, on a Honda RC51 with an average time of 1:32.976. <BR><BR>Americans Michael Barnes and John Jacobi, along with Herman Verboven Suzuki teammate Jeff Vermeulen, qualified as the second fastest Superbike entry, 10th overall, with a 1:33.694 on a GSX-R750.<BR><BR>The fastest-qualifying StockSport team is Team KFM Motorrader in 12th overall with an average time of 1:34.323 on a Yamaha YZF-R1. World Endurance StockSport regular, Police Nationale, was second-fastest in the class and 14th overall at 1:34.742 on a Kawasaki ZX-9R.<BR><BR>Maxim Experience, 13th overall, led the Open Class in qualifying with a 1:34.366 on an MV Agusta F4.<BR><BR>There are 54 teams qualified for the race with a strong local turnout.<BR><BR>It is possible that Wim Motors could clinch the Endurance World Championship this weekend. Only Superbike class entries race for the FIM Endurance World Championship. SuperProduction Class teams race for the Endurance World Cup.<BR><BR><BR><BR>