Despite not being their preferred choice, the GSX1100SD Katana proved a reliable machine for the Classic Suzuki team, helping them secure a podium finish in their debut season. The team has since continued to compete in the ECC, with their sights set on more success in the future. 

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ECC Regulations

The updated ECC regulations have allowed them to enter a GSX-R1000 K1 in the class and wasted no time taking advantage of it. By prepping a first-generation Gixxer with additional performance upgrades, they’re demonstrating their commitment to fielding a competitive machine in the upcoming races.




It will be interesting to see how the classic GSX-R1000 K1 performs against the newer bikes in the class. While it may lack some technological advancements of more modern machines, the K1’s iconic styling and proven track record should make it a fan favourite.

Of course, racing is about more than just the machine. The riders’ skills and strategy will also play a critical role in determining the outcome of the races. With the support of a seasoned racing team like Team Classic Suzuki, the riders will have the resources and guidance they need to perform at their best.

Team Classic Suzuki Chief Mechanic Nathan Colombi said 

“We have enjoyed racing the Katana at several endurance events in Europe and the Classic TT; however, once the rules opened up to allow GSX-Rs, we had to get involved and build our bike. It assembled quite quickly, and we are still finalizing our plans for the season, but it’s great, if a little scary, that it’s been so long that the GSX-R1000s can now compete in classic racing.”

Team Classic Suzuki has done much work preparing the GSX-R1000 for its ECC debut. Adding Yoshimura cams and a titanium exhaust system should help to increase the bike’s power output and improve its exhaust note. 



The K-Tech internals and rear shock should also provide better suspension performance, and the Brembo braking system is a well-respected brand in the world of high-performance motorcycles.

Using a GSX-R750 endurance racer swingarm on the GSX-R1000 is an exciting choice, as it could improve the bike’s handling characteristics. The aluminium alloy frame is also a good choice for high-performance bikes like the GSX-R1000, as it balances strength and weight.

Standout feature

Of course, the fundamental standout feature of the bike is likely its Team Classic Suzuki paint scheme. A well-designed and executed paint job makes a bike stand out and gives it a unique personality. 

Team Classic Suzuki has put a lot of time and effort into preparing the GSX-R1000 for its ECC debut, and it will be interesting to see how the bike performs on the track.

The GSX-R1000 is a high-performance motorcycle with a strong reputation in the racing world, and it’s always exciting to see it in action on the track. 


The challenge

The Paul Ricard Circuit in France is a challenging track that should provide an excellent test for both the machine and the riders. Danny Webb is an experienced Supersport racer with a lot of skill and talent, and Al Fagan’s experience as a co-founder of 44Teeth should give him valuable insights into the performance of the GSX-R1000. 

The European Endurance Cup is a tough competition, and I’m sure both riders will be pushing themselves and the bike to the limit to achieve success. 

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Webb said 

“The team’s done another awesome job preparing the bike, and it looks mint,” admitted Webb. “We’ve got a good team around us, and the aim is to get a good setting in the bike on Friday ahead of the race. 

Of course, the goal is to win if we can, and we’re in with a shout, but this is endurance racing, and we all know that anything can happen.

Source: VisordownTeam Classic Suzuki,  Asphalt and Rubber  and Motociclismo

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