Suzuki Endurance Racing Team will start this weekend's fourth and penultimate round of the 2012 Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben in Germany with a narrow five-point lead over Honda's TT Legends.
Reigning World Champions SERT and riders Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Yukio Kagayama saw its lead cut in half after crashing the French-run GSX-R1000 at last month's Suzuka 8-Hour race in Japan while challenging for the lead; although the team scored some valuable points after getting back into the race and climbing up to 15th position.
The 3.6 km circuit in northern Germany will see 31 teams lining up for the Oschersleben 8-Hour race on Saturday; and with just 11 points separating the top three teams - SERT, Honda TT Legends and Yamaha France GMT94 - will be an exciting and crucial race in the season, which culminates at Le Mans in France on September 9th. And with 35 points being awarded for the victory, rather than the normal 25 points, fourth-and-fifth-placed BMW Motorrad and SRC Kawasaki are also still in contention to fight for the title; both within 20 points of 11-times World Champions SERT.
Following practice and qualifying on Thursday and Friday, the Oschersleben 8-Hour race will get underway on Saturday at 14:00 local time.