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Junior Team LMS Suzuki on Cup-seeking mission

Junior Team LMS Suzuki on Cup-seeking mission

25/01/2018 17:48

Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki, the 2014 winner of the FIM EWC Superstock World Cup, is keen to make another stab at the top spot in this category, where the competition is proving particularly fierce in the 2017-2018 season.

The atypical squad is made up each year of a fresh set of trainee mechanics from Lycée Le Mans Sud, a vocational school. They are coached by their teacher Damien Saulnier, who is also their team manager. The squad has competed among the front runners in the Superstock class since the early 2000s.

Their third spot on the podium at the Bol d’Or, the first round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC, has clearly given the team a boost. Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki will be counting on a new-line up to go after the win at the 24 Heures Motos. Hugo Clère, who raced the Suzuki #72 at the Bol d’Or, will be sharing stints with former Moto2 rider Louis Rossi and Alex Sarrabayrouse, with Eddy Dupuy as substitute rider.

What’s more, Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki is seriously considering a full-season entry to make a fresh stab at the FIM EWC World Cup. A poor result at the 24 Heures Motos would be the only deterrent to the squad’s ambitious goal.

So it looks like another formidable challenger will be wading into the Superstock pool, even as the 15 teams under contract in the 2017-2018 season continue to be locked in a fierce competition.

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