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Varying ambitions at Oschersleben

Varying ambitions at Oschersleben

18/05/2017 14:12

The teams at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben are pursuing a number of different goals. Keen to attempt another dual podium finish, the factory-backed Yamahas are already jostling for the top spots. But Team LRP Poland on BMW is determined to be the spoilsport here in Germany.

With a 1’26.931 fastest lap at the tail end of free practice this morning, Markus Reiterberger took Team LRP Poland’s BMW #90 to top place after the first official face-off on the Oschersleben track. He will be riding the S1000RR with Lukas Trautmann and Dominik Vincon.

It is worth remembering that Markus Reiterberger posted the fastest lap (1’26.816) on the German track in 2015, and that Broc Parkes of YART Yamaha Official EWC Team has held the qualifying lap record of 1’26.147 since 2013.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team held on to the lead for a lengthy spell at the first free practice session. Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz (back in the race after his spill at Assen) and Kohta Nozane finished in 2nd place with a 1’27.167 lap, just ahead of GMT94 Yamaha’s David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio, who posted 1’27.173. The tiny gap between the two factory-backed Yamahas heralds the duel to come, and their shared goal of another dual podium finish at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben.

Kawasaki-mounted team Eva RT Webike Trick Star (Erwan Nigon, Osamu Deguchi and Julien Millet) was 4th-fastest in free practice, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Alex Cudlin).

The top Superstock team, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences (Bastien Mackels, Florian Alt and Axel Maurin) finished 6th, ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda (Gregg Black, Damian Cudlin and Josh Hook), Bolliger Team Switzerland (Horst Saiger, Roman Stamm and Michaël Savary) and another Superstock squad, Moto Ain CRT (Alexis Masbou, Hugo Clere and Robin Mulhauser). Honda Endurance Racing was 10th-fastest.

Meanwhile, Team April Moto Motors Events has suffered a setback. The medical team has declared Matthieu Lagrive unfit to race because of his injuries after a crash in the French championship 15 days ago.

Following this final run-through, the riders will get down to business this afternoon: the first qualifying gets underway at 3pm.

8 Hours of Oschersleben – Free practice results

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.

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.