Suzuki’s GSX-R125 filled the top three positions in the Streetstock class in last weekend’s inaugural Freetech Endurance 24 hour race at Teesside Autodrome.
Team RST (2) – complete with classic Suzuki-inspired livery – took the Streetstock and overall race victory. Composed of Hudson Kennaugh, Jonny Towers, Warren Guantario, and Shane Norval, Team RST completed 986 laps in the 24 hours.
Second place went to Team Fast and Loud (32), while Suzuki Racing by 44 Teeth (1) – the reigning champions and running the number one plate – finished third in the Streetstock class and fourth overall.
As well as filling the class podium, six Streetstock-spec GSX-R125s finished inside the overall top 10.
In the Streetstock class, modifications are limited. The standard engine is housed in the original chassis, with changes only permitted to bodywork and lighting, front fork internals and the rear shock, and the fitment of a racing exhaust system. Fuelling can be adjusted to suit.
The race began at midday on Saturday 3 July with the rain arriving just in time to ensure full wet conditions around the circuit. Despite breaks in the weather, wets remained the tyres of choice until the evening.
As the sun set teams began setting faster times on a dry track, but more rain would arrive in the early hours of Sunday morning, resulting in another switch to wet tyres for a brief number of rider stints. As the sun rose, it was back to slicks until the chequered flag was waved at midday on Sunday 4 July.
Team RST controlled the race from the front, with a drama-free outing seeing them cruise to victory. Behind, the tricky conditions saw a number of crashes, including two for the reigning champions. Suzuki Racing by 44 Teeth once crashed of their own volition, before also being involved in a collision with another rider, giving them work to do to ensure a podium finish.