2015-07-25T00:00:00+02:00July 25th, 2015|2015|

Yamaha Factory Racing took pole position on the grid after the Superpole featuring the top ten teams from the qualifying sessions, thanks to blistering lap times by its riders.

2’06.000! MotoGP rider Pol Espargaro clocked this amazing lap time, setting a record in the Superpole Top 10 Trial and gifting the Yamaha Factory Racing Team a start from pole position at tomorrow’s Suzuka 8 Hours.

I’m really satisfied, because it was a huge challenge for me,” said Espargaro. “I don’t know the track, and the Superpole system is very stressful. It’s not easy to set a time in one lap. I’m even happier because my teammates Bradley Smith and Katsuyuki Nakasuga also clocked excellent times. We’re a consistent team, and the two of us are drawing on Katsuyuki’s endurance experience.” In fact Katsuyuki Nakasuga was right behind Espargaro, with a 2’06.059 lap.

So, for its return to Suzuka, and with its last win dating back to 1996, Yamaha Factory Racing has positioned itself as the team to beat tomorrow.

Official Kawasaki squad Team Green took second place on the grid thanks to Kazuki Watanabe’s 2’06.287 lap. “We gave it all we had,” said the Japanese rider. “Now we need to relax, because obviously the tomorrow’s the big day.”

Third position on the grid goes to the Musashi RT Harc-Pro Honda team, with Casey Stoner setting a lap time of 2’06.335. “It was a great day!” said the Australian rider. “We were short of time this morning and I was a bit nervous about the front tyre, but this new experience is very exciting, and I really like the Suzuka circuit. I’m a lot more relaxed than I am in MotoGP, because in endurance you don’t have the intensity of a 45-minute race.”

Having placed second after yesterday’s qualifying sessions, Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance wound up fourth in Superpole, ahead of Team Kagayama’s Suzuki.

The 8 Hours of Suzuka will start tomorrow at 11.30am, with 70 teams on the grid.