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Moriwaki targeting a winning return

Moriwaki targeting a winning return

14/07/2017 09:26

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.

With a 2’07.346 lap by Ryuichi Kiyonari, Moriwaki Motul Racing earned itself a place among the top contenders for victory at the Suzuka 8 Hours. Moriwaki’s last appearance at the Suzuka 8 Hours dates to 2008, when the team was 6th at the finish with riders Tatsuya Yamaguchi, Carl Crutchlow and Jason O’Halloran. Over the past decade, the Japanese squad has focused almost exclusively on developing its Moto2 machines. With support from Pirelli, Moriwaki Motul Racing is making a return to the Suzuka 8 Hours with four-time race winner Ryuichi Kiyonari, Yuki Takahashi, and Dan Linfoot. During the three-day test, they were faster than the other Honda-mounted favourite Musashi RT Harc-Pro (Takumi Takahashi, Takaaki Nakagami and Jack Miller), Yamaha Factory Racing Team (Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark) and another top-tier Honda squad, F.C.C. TSR Honda (Stefan Bradl, Dominique Aegerter and Randy de Puniet). Kawasaki Team Green and Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing were just behind the leader, but their focus was race simulation, not chasing the fastest time.

Of the contenders for the FIM EWC 2016-2017 world championship title, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team came off best with a 2’08.861 lap in testing, ahead of GMT94 Yamaha (2’10.882) and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (2’11.811).

The first official Suzuka 8 Hours test session starts on Thursday 27 July.

Top 25 of the three-day Suzuka 8 Hours test
1- Moriwaki Motul Racing (Honda CBR1000 RR SP2/Pirelli) 2’07.346
2- Musashi RT Harc-Pro (Honda CBR1000 RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’07.592
3- Yamaha Factory Racing Team (Yamaha YZF R1/Bridgestone) 2’07.603
4- F.C.C. TSR Honda (Honda CBR1000 RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’07.700
5- Kawasaki Team Green (Kawasaki ZX-10RR/Bridgestone) 2’07.805
6- Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing (Suzuki GSX-R 1000/Bridgestone) 2’07.954
7- YART Yamaha Official EWC Team (Yamaha YZF R1/Bridgestone) 2’08.861
8- Honda Suzuka Racing Team (Honda CBR1000 RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’08.886
9- Team Kagayama (Suzuki GSX-R 1000/Dunlop) 2’09.032
10- Honda Dream Racing (Honda CBR1000RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’09.126
11- S-Pulse Dream Racing IAI (Suzuki GSX-R 1000/Bridgestone) 2’09.157
12- Team SuP Dream Honda (Honda CBR1000RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’09.242
13- Honda Dream RT Sakurai Honda (Honda CBR1000RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’09.521
14- MotoMap Supply FutureAccess (Suzuki GSX-R 1000/Bridgestone) 2’09.628
15- SatuHATI Honda Team Asia (Honda CBR1000RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’09.721
16- Team JP DFR & RS-Itoh (Kawasaki ZX-10RR/Dunlop) 2’10.142
17- BMW Motorrad39 (BMW S1000RR/Bridgestone) 2’10.567
18- EVA RT Webike Trick Star (Kawasaki ZX-10R/Dunlop) 2’10.705
19- GMT94 Yamaha (Yamaha YZF R1/Dunlop) 2’10.882
20- au & Teluru-Kohara RT (Honda CBR1000RR SP2/Dunlop) 2’10.967
21- Mistresa with ATJ Racing (Honda CBR1000RR SP2/Bridgestone) 2’11.095
22- Titanium Power Hooters Racing (Yamaha YZF R1/Bridgestone) 2’11.291
23- ITO Racing GMD & Redgriffin (Yamaha YZF R1/Bridgestone) 2’11.318
24- Akeno Speed Yamaha (Yamaha YZF R1/Bridgestone) 2’11.750
25- Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Suzuki GSX-R 1000/Dunlop) 2’11.811

 

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.

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences has won the FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. Sixth overall at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, the last race of the season for the category, and second Superstock past the finish line, the French team won its maiden World Cup victory, and is already setting its sights even higher.

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences has won the FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. Sixth overall at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, the last race of the season for the category, and second Superstock past the finish line, the French team won its maiden World Cup victory, and is already setting its sights even higher.