SERT change of guard continues: Simeon to replace Philippe
Belgian former MotoGP rider and Moto2-Grand-Prix-winner Xavier Simeon is about to swap teams to continue his Endurance career with the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team “SERT” from Le Mans on.
As Vincent Philippe decided to stop his FIM Endurance World Championship career after last December’s 8 hours of Sepang, his place in the most successful team in the paddock got vacant. Also the team’s manager legend Dominique Meliand called his career off after the 2019 8hours of Suzuka. New team manager Damien Saulnier now got Simeon in to try to repeat the recent success of winning the 24 hours Bol d’Or back in September.
The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team will continue with both other riders, namely Etienne Masson and Gregg Black.
Simeon switches over from the #333 VRD Igol Experiences Yamaha team. His seat is rumoured to be taken by Frenchman Mathieu Gines, who left ERC Endurance after the Bol d’Or.
“To ride for SERT is a dream of every kid when you are interested in Endurance racing,” Simeon said.
“I want to thank Damien Saulnier, Suzuki Motor France and my future team mates Gregg Black and Etienne Masson for putting their fate into me. I am already looking forward to the first test with the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and to get this new adventure started.”