Yamaha Factory Racing Team claims provisional pole

2016-07-29T00:00:00+02:00July 29th, 2016|Suzuka 8 Hours 2016|

Yamaha Factory Racing Team outpaced its rivals once again in qualifying. Katsuyuki Nakasuga set the quickest Q1 lap this morning (2’06.908), ahead of Musashi RT Harc-Pro and Team Green.

The gods are smiling upon Yamaha Factory Racing Team. The squad topped the first leg of qualifying, with Katsuyuki Nakasuga setting a 2’06.908 lap. The team’s Yamaha #21 was a hair’s breadth from Pol Espargaro’s 2’06.000 Superpole lap last year. But Yamaha Factory Racing Team had a scare when Alex Lowes crashed early on in his session. He had to opt out of this morning’s qualifying, but will be back for Q2 later today.

Michael van der Mark clocked the second-quickest time for Musashi RT Harc-Pro (2’07.425), ahead of Team Green’s 2’08.063 lap with Leon Haslam.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team is making steady progress and took 4th in Q1 with a 2’08.239 lap by Broc Parkes. The Austrian squad’s Yamaha placed ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance (a 2’08.537 lap set by Takuya Tsuda) and F.C.C. TSR Honda (Patrick Jacobsen posted 2’08.874).

The other teams in the running for the FIM EWC title also upped their performance. SERT posted a quickest time of 2’09.928; GMT94 Yamaha clocked 2’09.986, and Team SRC Kawasaki 2’10.616.

Qualifying standings at Suzuka are based on a single rider’s quickest lap and not the best average time of the entire team. After two legs of qualifying, the 10 fastest teams will return to the track for the Top 10 Trial: a superpole lap to decide the top 10 starting grid positions for the race. The Top 10 Trial is scheduled for 3.20 pm local time (GMT+9) tomorrow.

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