SERT won the World Endurance Championship 2016 after battling 309 laps, 7 pit-stops and finishing the race 21 seconds behind the race winner.
Team Suzuki won the World Endurance Championship 2016 at Oschersleben, Germany. Teams battled for 8 hour long race at the circuit, only for Team Suzuki to come out on top. The race that everyone came to see was an exciting one and much drama unfolded as the race progressed.
The deciding round had a lot of drama, crashes and heart breaks for the whole 8 hours. After Suzuka 8 hour race in Japan in late July, fans expected the like of Kawasaki and Team April to be fighting for glory. It turned out that fate had something else in mind.
Last Race of World Endurance Championship 2016
Suzuki was running fourth in the World Endurance Championship 2016 before the race start and was 9 points behind the championship leader Team April Motor Motors Events. YART Yamaha, SRC Kawasaki, and Team April Motor Motors Events were actually the top 3 teams in the series. Team Kawasaki and Team April Motor had to exit from the race for different reasons.
Suzuki Enduro Racing Team or SERT won the World Endurance Championship 2016 by just 1 point ahead of YART Yamaha. The two GSX-R1000 on the 2016 overall podium helped Suzuki to come out on top as a winner. The team did a total of 309 laps and finished the race 21 seconds behind the race winner. During the race, they took 7 pit-stops totalling to 39.2 minutes and eventually clinching the title with just 1 point. In the end, to defend the title, it was the reliability of the GSX R1000 that came to rescue and win the title.
The manufacturer FIM World Endurance Championship 2016 scorecard after the race are:
- Yamaha – 124 points
- Suzuki – 116 points
- Kawasaki – 97 points
- Honda – 87 points
- BMW – 59 points
About Oschersleben Motopark
The Oschersleben Motopark project was conceptualized in 1995. Two years later, in July 1997, the Motopark hosted the first race. The first 24 hour race at Oschersleben was the main highlight at the German Speed Week in 1999.
In 2008, the format of this 24 hour race was changed to an 8 hour race event. This signature race of the Speed Week is traditionally contested on Saturday, on the 3.667 km long circuit. Markus Reiterberger’s of BMW Motorrad France team Penz13.com holds the lap record of 1.26.816 for an endurance race on this circuit. He had set the record in 2015 on board his BMW S1000RR.