The reigning world champions were forced into two unscheduled pit stops just after the two-hour mark, effectively ending Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Yukio Kagayama’s hopes of victory.
But despite the huge loss of time, the GSX-R1000-mounted team gradually fought back through the field to finish on 212 laps, five back of winners, BMW Motorrad.
However, despite the disappointment in the race, a number of retirements in the field meant that after two rounds of the series SERT hold the championship lead, with a 10 point advantage over second.
Team Manager Dominique Meliand said afterwards, “Obviously we are very disappointed. We have been using these oil lines, which are used in F1, for many years.
“All we can think is that we have obtained some faulty units, but these two 10cm-long parts cost us 10 valuable Championship points.”
SERT’s next outing is the Suzuka 8 Hour in Japan on 29 July.