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SERT-AIN SUCCESS

Getting the chance to raz around on Suzuki’s championship winning world endurance GSX-R1000 isn’t an offer you get every day, but after months of badgering the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) eventually gave into Dangerous Bruce’s demands…
The most successful GSX-R1000 ever. And the most successful Bruce Wilson ever. Probably...
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Half a day in a car, one flight and nine hours staring down pit-lane; this moment couldn’t have come soon enough – a chance to swing a leg over the most successful Suzuki in history. A championship winning GSX-R1000 valued at just under a quarter of a million Euros, built and maintained by the most successful endurance team ever to grace the World Endurance Championships. We’re talking SERT, and its 203bhp hand-crafted weapon, complete with more shiny bits than you’d find in a magpies’ nest before a night out. I’m bricking it, but can’t wait to bang in a few laps of the complex and damp Nogaro circuit, in the south of France.

It may be old, but in endurance trim the GSX-R1000 is still massively effective...

The whole team’s watching as I walk my way over to the Gixer, its technician’s poised to remove the tyre warmers and release the bike from paddock stands. I climb on-board. The bike feels tall, poised high into the air on the carbon-Kevlar race fairings. The seat’s rock hard and the rearsets force my ankles acutely rearward; this ain’t no armchair. The ’bars are wider than expected, but their switchgear’s confusing. Crew chief Dominique Hebrard steps over and translates their purposes. On the left bar is a cluster of six buttons – plus or minus traction control, pit-lane limiter, total electronics reset and two different power maps. Dominique selects full power; we’re going balls deep. The bike’s Motec dash fires into life; traction, power and revs being the key info on display. I’m ready to roll, the bike’s limiter’s engaged and now all I need to do is start the beast.

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