Yoshimura SERT Motul

Suzuki Motor Corporation has joined forces with Yoshimura Japan to form a new factory team in the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship.

The new Team, Yoshimura SERT Motul, was announced in November 2020 in a livestream jointly hosted from the 16-times EWC Champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team at Le Mans in France and the Suzuka Circuit in Japan by Yoshimura.


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Yoshimura was founded in 1954, and since then has been making engine power tuning equipment for four-stroke engines for racing and producing motorcycle parts and accessories. The company was one of the first Japanese teams to race abroad, competing in motorcycle races in the US from 1971, and establishing a base for racing activities there the following year. In Japan, the company had victories in many races, including the first winner of the 1st Suzuka 8-Hours Endurance Race in 1978. Contributing to the development of motorcycles as a globally renowned engine power tuner, Yoshimura first cooperated with Suzuki in 1976, developing the four-stroke GS750 into a racing machine. Together, the two companies have competed in many racing events, right up to the present time.

Aiming to regain the EWC championship in the 2019-2020 season, Suzuki further developed the GSX-R1000R machine together with SERT and Yoshimura, and for the 2021 season Suzuki aims to further strengthen its structure by entrusting the team operation to Yoshimura and compete for back-to-back championships as Yoshimura SERT Motul. Through this new cooperation, the racing know-how that SERT has earned over the years, allied to Yoshimura’s expertise in race machine tuning and team management, will form a new team that embodies the Team Suzuki spirit, to defend the EWC title.

Suzuki aims to enhance the brand image by developing ever more-attractive two wheel and ATV products through the feedback of data earned in racing activities. This process cycle serves to verify the quality of production models at the higher performance levels.

Yohei Kato – Team Director:
“We are very pleased to welcome these wonderful riders include a test/reserve rider to our new team, Yoshimura SERT Motul.
“When deciding the 2021 riders, I focused on stability and dedication to the team, then speed and balance in the team. To make the decision, I respected the opinion of team manager Damian and I feel we are able to have very well-balanced line-up to protect the title.
“Both Sylvain and Kazuki are deeply involved in the Suzuka 8 Hours Yoshimura team, and as you know, and Sylvain was in charge of the development of the Suzuki MotoGP machine that won the world title last year. Kazuki is also the development rider for this EWC project, and I’m very grateful for his work.
“Greg has been a hard worker in SERT and he led team to win the championship title. His Le Mans style start is always very impressive.
“Xavier joined SERT in the middle of last year and showed a stable speed. In his career, he has honed his skills in the world's fastest speed competitions such as Moto2 and MotoGP, and I am expecting further performance in 2021.
“We work very hard with our four riders to challenge the defence of championship title. Thank you for your support.”

Sylvain Guintoli:
“This new challenge is very exciting. I have raced with Team SERT in the past (8H of Doha 2010) and on three occasions with Team Yoshimura (8H of Suzuka) so this feels amazing to be able to challenge all together for the full Endurance World Championship.”

Gregg Black:
“After winning the World Endurance Championship in 2020, I am really looking forward to the new season coming up, especially with the strong support from Yoshimura along with Suzuki and SERT. Also, we have the new Bridgestone collaboration which will be very interesting. With the new official calendar release we now know the first race will be held at the 24H le Mans in April, so I will continue my preparation to be at 100% for this first event of the season!”

Xavier Simeon:
“I’m quite pleased with the more intensive collaboration between SERT and Yoshimura. For 2021 the target will be to keep this number one on the plate. I feel at home with the Team and I’m enjoying riding the GSX-R1000 and I’m also pleased to welcome Sylvain and Kazuki in the Team, and with Gregg I’m sure we will make a good team.”

Kazuki Watanabe:
“I’m so proud and excited to be a part of Yoshimura SERT Motul. I have worked a lot to develop the bike for EWC last year. It was a new experience for me to concentrate to work as a test rider, and I was able to have deeper understanding of the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-1000R.
“I’m really looking forward to go on the track and would like to hear how my team mates feel with the bike. It is a new challenge to race EWC other than Suzuka and I never experienced a 24hour race before and I will do all my best for the team.”

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