Tensions running high at the Suzuka 8 Hours
Several crashes punctuated a long day’s testing at Suzuka. The favourites weren’t spared either. The tension is palpable at the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.
Two of the headline teams experienced the biggest crashes. To start with, Hitoyasu Izutsu crashed out in spectacular fashion in the saddle of Eva RT Webike Trick Star’s Kawasaki during night tests last evening. The ZX-10R #10 was destroyed, but the rider was unharmed. There was another striking crash this evening when Marvin Fritz lost YART Yamaha Official EWC Team’s R1. In this case, too, the pilot came to no harm. Having placed sixth after qualifying, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team will be taking part in the Top 10 Trial.
Qualifying was interrupted time and again by crashes and red flags. Among the leading teams, Josh Hook veered off track on the F.C.C. TSR Honda bike and Vincent Philippe crashed more than once on the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team bike on account of the tyres chosen being too hard.