Team Classic Suzuki

Team Classic Suzuki has released a documentary film from Spa Francorchamps, where Guy Martin and Pete Boast raced the team’s Katana to seventh place in the four-hour endurance race.

Guy Martin and Pete Boast raced the Team Classic Suzuki Katana to a hard-earned seventh placed finish at Spa Francorchamps for the second round of the European Classic Endurance Championship, the pairing completing 56 laps in four hours of racing in inclement weather around the iconic 4.4mile Belgian circuit.

It was the first time Martin had ridden at the circuit, and the first time Boast had ridden the bike, and as such practice and qualifying was spent getting both riders comfortable, experimenting with different setups including different gearing and suspension settings, and altering the fuelling.

As the rain that had been falling all day continued to soak the circuit, the team were lined up to start from 12th on the grid. Martin ran across the track for the opening stint, and after just a handful of laps he was up to third. He started to drop back in the latter stages of his first run, and was in seventh place as he pitted for the first time and Boast took the reigns.

The former British and European flat track champion’s opening run wasn’t without its problems, and with his helmet already damp from the earlier warmup session he struggled with his visor fogging up. However, he pressed on with his 40-minute run, posting consistent and competitive lap times, holding eighth place at the second pit-stop.

As night fell the team continued to circulate well inside the top-10, and with the help of efficient pit-stops and refuelling, they were able to settle into seventh place, holding the position for most of the final hour.

Any hopes of catching sixth were dashed when the safety car came out half an hour before midnight, with oil down along the back straight. The race was eventually red-flagged with 20 minutes to go, just as Boast was preparing for his final stint, and the team were credited with seventh place.

The documentary, supported by Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, follows the team through race day, as the Lincolnshire duo discuss practice and qualifying, the challenges of the famous Spa circuit in less than ideal conditions, and the performance of the Team Classic Suzuki Katana, which was making its first outing after being crashed at Donington Park’s Endurance Legends event.

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