GMT94 Yamaha wrests pole at Oschersleben
A major upset this morning in the second round of qualifying at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben: GMT94 Yamaha took pole position ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team. Moto Ain claimed ninth place on the grid and hence the top spot in the Superstock class.
David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio pulled off a clockwork performance in the second round of qualifying at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben. All three GMT94 Yamaha riders lapped under 1:27 on the Motorsport Arena, thereby propelling their team to pole position in the 4th round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. GMT94 Yamaha will line up on the grid ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.
BMW-mounted German team NRT48 also made notable progress. Kenny Foray, Stefan Kerschbaumer and Lucy Glöckner substantially upped their performance this morning to pick up 4th place on the grid, ahead of Honda Endurance Racing, Team SRC Kawasaki, YART Yamaha and Bolliger Team Switzerland.
Moto Ain picks up speed
The other surprise of the day was Yamaha team Moto Ain. The Yamaha-mounted team made a last-minute dash to pick up 9th place on the grid and top spot in the Superstock class. After putting in some hard work during yesterday’s first qualifying, Roberto Rolfo, Alexis Masbou and Christoffer Bergman went full gas this morning. They placed ahead of BMW-mounted Mercury Racing, who will race without Jakub Smrž, injured in qualifying yesterday. Moto Ain gained the upper hand over Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, No Limits Motor Team and Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki in the Superstock class.
All eyes will be on the Superstocks tomorrow, as Oschersleben is the final race of the season in this class. Current standings leader Tati Team Beaujolais Racing will have their work cut out to hold on to their lead and carry off the FIM EWC Superstock World Cup.
The 8 Hours of Oschersleben will be flagged off at 1pm CEST tomorrow (Saturday).