SERT Claim Bol d’Or Podium Despite Crashes

/ April 23, 2013

Defending World Endurance Champions, SERT, staged a heroic comeback at the weekend’s Bol d’Or, coming from the back of the field to third, despite two big crashes early on in the race.

Team riders Anthony Delhalle and Vincent Philippe both crashed the team’s GSX-R1000 less than four hours into the 24-hour race, with Philippe refusing to be stretchered into the ambulance so he could get the damaged machine back to the pits for repairs.

Early race leaders and pace-setters SERT plummeted down the leaderboard as the team technicians, who initially thought the race was over for them after watching TV footage of Philippe’s crash, frantically rebuilt the bike.

New 2013 rider Julien Da Costa eventually rejoined the race just inside the top 40 and started an amazing comeback through the field.

Come the chequered flag and the French-based squad claimed the final podium spot on 797 laps, just 11 adrift of the race winners and two adrift of second place.