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May 20, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 21, 2006.

Suzuki Castrol has won the Albacete 8 Horas Nocturnas round of the FIM World Endurance Championship and increased its series lead to 39 points after three rounds.

GSX-R1000-mounted Keiichi Kitagawa, Matthieu Lagrive and Vincent Philippe ran a consistent race which was incident packed from the start:

The drama began on the start line when a bike and mechanic collided, bringing out the pace car while they were attended to. When the race finally got under way, Kawasaki Bolliger led briefly from reigning Champions Suzuki Castrol, Yamaha Phase One, Yamaha Austria and Yamaha Folch No.31. Yamaha Austria briefly took the lead at the end of the first hour but Suzuki Castrol re-passed them and was never headed from there on.

The team completed 295 laps, three ahead of Yamaha Austria with Yamaha Folch on 290 laps and Yamaha Phase One Endurance on 290.

Sweden’s Suzuki Fagersjo-el. se team finished in sixth, Italy’s Suzuki No Limits eighth and Suzuki Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers from France, ninth.

Said Philippe: "This was a good result for the team and for the Championship. The bike and the tyres worked well so we are very happy."

Provisional Top Ten Finishing Positions:

1: Suzuki Castrol - FRA - Suzuki GSX-R1000 - Philippe, Kitagawa, Lagrive - 295 laps
2: Yamaha Austria - AUT - Yamaha YZF-R1 - Jerman, Scarnato, Giabbani - 292 laps
3: Yamaha Folch 2 - SPA - Yamaha YZF-R1 - Salom, Monge, Salom - 290 laps
4: Yamaha Phase One Endurance - GBR - Yamaha YZF-R1 - Nowland, Cudlin, Miinin, 290 laps
5: Kawasaki Bolliger - SUI - Kawasaki ZX10R - Muff, Saiger, Morillon - 288 laps
6: Suzuki - SWE - Suzuki GSX-R1000 - Hanson, Andersson, Carlberg - 286 laps
7: Yamaha Endurance Moto38 - FRA - Yamaha YZF-R1 - Faustre, Bouan, Devoyan - 286 laps
8: Suzuki No Limits & RT - ITA - Suzuki GSX-R1000 - Ruozi, Monot, Jond - 284 laps
9: Suzuki Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers - FRA - Suzuki GSX-R1000 - Molinier, Grelaud, Pialoux - 284 laps
10: Kawasaki Diablo 666 Bolliger - GBR - Kawasaki ZX10R - Hutchins, Rohtlaan, Cudlin - 283 laps

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For more stories about Keiichi Kitagawa, click here. For photos, click here.
For more stories about Mathieu Lagrive, click here. For photos, click here.
For more stories about Vincent Philippe, click here. For photos, click here.

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