Suzuka 8 Hours: official tests
After the first round of tests in early June, at which Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha Factory Racing Team – #21) and Dominique Aegerter (FCC TSR Honda – #778) made an impression by being the only ones to clock 2’07 (2’07.013 for Nakasuga and 2’07.966 for Aegerter, the 2014 pole position having posted a 2’06.703), a new series of official tests is currently underway on the Suzuka circuit.
Four permanent teams are taking part in this second official round:
Monster Energy Yamaha YART (#7), which has recruited the Australian Broc Parkes to replace the injured Max Neukirchner for these tests and the race, alongside Sheridan Morais and Ivan Silva.
Team SRC Kawasaki (#11), with its usual trio: Grégory Leblanc, Matthieu Lagrive and Fabien Foret.
BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com (#13), with Markus Reiterberger, leader of the IDM, Tommy Bridewell (best BMW in the BSB) and Bastien Mackels.
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (#30), with its usual trio: Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Etienne Masson.
The most keenly awaited event of these tests is Casey Stoner’s debut on the track on the Musashi RT Harc-Pro (#634) Honda, the 2013 and 2014 winner at Suzuka.
The Yamaha GMT 94 will not be at the 7 and 8 July official tests. The 2014 FIM Endurance world champions are continuing with the preparation of the new R1, and have been invited to ride at Suzuka for the Yamaha factory on 14 and 15 July, during a round reserved for factory machines.
Another absentee will be Honda Racing, which has opted for the 24 Hours of Catalunya to do some real-life testing.