Brodie Waters leads winning 8 Hr Endurance Supersport Team

Team Suzuki has taken out a glorious 1-2 finish in the Phillip Island 8 Hour, Australian Endurance Championship, on 2-4 December at the world famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria.  Suzuki’s Superbike team  claimed the outright and class honours, completing a total of 279 laps/1241 kilometres in a race time of 8h00:06.846sec.  Coming in five laps behind them and second outright for the event was Suzuki’s Supersport effort of Brodie Waters, Ben Attard and Mitchell Carr. The Supersport class winners finished just five laps in arrears after eight hours of action aboard the GSX-R600.

The supersport team's second place overall and first place for Supersport had them finishing in front of many superbike teams.  Brodie set the pace for the Supersport class in Super Qualifying sessions with a 1:36.285sec, which was good enough for fourth outright.

Team Suzuki’s Supersport class victory was highlighted as the team raced to second outright behind their teammates, with Brodie Waters, Attard and Carr sharing the duties to hand Suzuki’s factory effort a 1-2 finish Outright.

“We had a great weekend and I felt comfortable working alongside both Mitch and Ben on the team,” Brodie Waters commented. “We pushed hard at the start and then settled into a rhythm, which is important in endurance racing. It is a great reward to win the Supersport class for Suzuki and go 1-2 Outright.”

Suzuki competitors filled the top four positions in the race, with the Cube Racing team of Bryan Staring, Ben Henry and Nicholas Waters completing the outright podium as the second Superbike home. The trio of Trent Gibson, Greg Epis and Jay Layman won the Superstock 1000 category aboard another GSX-R1000 in fourth overall.

Team Suzuki manager Phil Tainton said it was a great performance by the entire team in what was a hard-fought race. He congratulated both the riders and pit crew for maintaining focus and sealing Suzuki the national endurance title for the season. “We had extra crew in the team over the weekend, as well as some new riders, but everything gelled so well,” Tainton said. “We were really happy with the whole team, because in endurance racing it’s more of a team sport than at the regular sprint races.  Brodie again was riding the best I’ve seen him ride, and both Ben and Mitch worked well alongside him with limited time on our bike.  It was a great finish to a great year, so we are thankful for the Dunlop Tyres and also Motul Oil for keeping the engine running, as well as of course the riders and crew for making it all happen. It was a great weekend for Team Suzuki.”

The team will return to action early in 2012, when next year’s Australian Superbike Championship commences at Phillip Island in Victoria alongside the World Superbikes on 24-26 February.