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FIM EWC title at stake

FIM EWC title at stake

30/07/2017 10:41

A look at the provisional world standings at the halfway mark of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team arrived in Suzuka as the standings topper, with a lead of only one point over GMT94 Yamaha and a 27-point lead over YART Yamaha Official EWC Team.

If the standings five hours into the Suzuka race were considered final, GMT94 Yamaha would pick up the 2016-2017 FIM EWC title (the team’s third championship win following its 2014 and 2015 victories) with 146 points, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, 132 points, and YART Yamaha Official EWC Team, 130,5 points.

Standings after the 5th hour of the race

2017 Suzuka 8 Hours FIM EWC Scoring table

 

Hats off to GMT94 Yamaha, winner of the 2016-2017 FIM endurance world championship after the grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours – the concluding race of a hotly fought season.

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing kept up the fight for the entire 8 hours. After starting a climb back up from the bottom of the standings in the wake of a crash, the Japanese Suzuki team was 7th past the chequered flag at the Suzuka 8 Hours.

One of the few Superstock teams on the Suzuka 8 Hours starting grid, KRP Sanyo Kogyo & RS-Itoh finished the race in 22nd place, coming in ahead of EWC teams Clever Wolf Racing & 3ART and HKC & IMT Racing to win the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy.

The post-race scrutineers at the Suzuka 8 Hours found all the machines to be in compliance with regulations. The provisional results of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, have therefore been confirmed.

The post-race scrutineers at the Suzuka 8 Hours found all the machines to be in compliance with regulations. The provisional results of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, have therefore been confirmed.

Yamaha Factory Racing Team won the Suzuka 8 Hours for the third successive year. The Japanese factory team crossed the finish line ahead of Kawasaki Team Green and F.C.C. TSR Honda. GMT94 Yamaha finished 11th to lift the 2016-2017 FIM EWC world championship title.

Two hours into a very eventful race, Yamaha Factory Racing Team has settled into the lead at the Suzuka 8 Hours.