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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

 

Moulins, in Central France, is the stomping ground of Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences. This Saturday, the town celebrated the triumph of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC World Cup winner.

Women racers

22/09/2017 18:36 - 2017-2018, Bol d'Or

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Racing the Bol d’Or as a two-man team on a current-day bike is quite a challenge. But when their 3rd rider withdrew after qualifying, National Motos decided to go ahead anyway with just Emeric Jonchière and Stéphane Egéa.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.