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GMT94 Yamaha takes provisional pole

GMT94 Yamaha takes provisional pole

18/05/2017 18:10

GMT94 Yamaha kept up the momentum after its 24 Heures Motos win at Le Mans last month to take provisional pole at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben, ahead of YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and Team LRP Poland.

GMT94 Yamaha seems unstoppable. The team edged ahead of its rivals once again thanks to a consistent performance by its riders. The average best time posted by David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio (1’27.399) placed the Yamaha #94 on provisional pole of the 8 Hours of Oschersleben, the third round of the FIM EWC 2016-2017. The GMT94 Yamaha was a shade faster than YART Yamaha Official EWC Team’s combined best time of 1’27.634 (Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Kohta Nozane).

Team LRP Poland confirmed its ambitions, taking third place on the provisional grid after Markus Reiterberger, Lukas Trautmann and Dominik Vincon posted a 1’27.854 average. Markus Reiterberger clocked the afternoon’s fastest individual lap (1’27.169), narrowly beating Mike Di Meglio’s 1’27.196 lap.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team placed fourth, ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda and the first Superstock bike, the Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors BMW with Stefan Kerschbaumer, Jan Bühn and Lucy Glöckner (the only female rider at Oschersleben) in the saddle. The German BMW squad got the better of Bolliger Team Switzerland and two other Superstock teams, Moto Ain CRT and Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences.
Honda Endurance Racing took the 10th spot on the provisional grid in Germany.

The second qualifying is scheduled for 10.30 am tomorrow (Friday).

8 Hours of Oschersleben – Results of the first qualifying

Moriwaki Motul Racing posted the fastest time at the Suzuka three-day test. Returning to the fray after a nine-year absence, the Pirelli-mounted Honda team showed it is a serious contender for the Suzuka 8 Hours win.

Sodo Hamahara will be Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s third rider at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Currently racing in JSB1000, the Japanese superbike championship, with Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing, Sodo Hamahara will shore up Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson on the Suzuki #1 to try and net SERT a 16th world title.

Sodo Hamahara will be Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s third rider at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Currently racing in JSB1000, the Japanese superbike championship, with Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing, Sodo Hamahara will shore up Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson on the Suzuki #1 to try and net SERT a 16th world title.

Raphaël Chaussé, the creator and team manager of Team R2CL, passed away in a road accident yesterday (Wednesday). Raphaël was a major figure in Endurance racing. He had been gearing up for Suzuka at the end of July.

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing was quickest at the first two days of factory testing at Suzuka this week, posting a 2’07.232 fastest lap to top the timesheets ahead of Musashi RT Harc-Pro and Kawasaki Team Green.

Things are hotting up in Suzuka. The first private tests have started in Japan, and if the line-ups announced by the big-hitting teams are any indication, we can look forward to some spectacular on-track action. MotoGP, Moto2, FIM Superbike and British Superbike riders will take their place on the grid alongside FIM EWC top players intent on winning the final round of the world championship—the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Things are hotting up in Suzuka. The first private tests have started in Japan, and if the line-ups announced by the big-hitting teams are any indication, we can look forward to some spectacular on-track action. MotoGP, Moto2, FIM Superbike and British Superbike riders will take their place on the grid alongside FIM EWC top players intent on winning the final round of the world championship—the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events met with the teams competing in the FIM EWC during the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to outline proposed changes to the FIM EWC 2017-2018 regulations.

The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events met with the teams competing in the FIM EWC during the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to outline proposed changes to the FIM EWC 2017-2018 regulations.