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Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing reveals its ambitions

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing reveals its ambitions

08/07/2017 10:38

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.

Armed with its GSX-R 1000 2017, Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing showed its determination to go after the Suzuka 8 Hours win that has eluded the team since 2009. Takuya Tsuda posted a promising fastest lap of 2’07.232, with Sylvain Guintoli, who is gearing up to compete at Suzuka for the first time, close behind. Another team in great shape at the first tests was Musashi RT Harc-Pro (2’08.023), which has entrusted its Honda CBR 1000 RR SP2 to Takumi Takahashi, Takaaki Nakagami and Jack Miller (the MotoGP rider is making his Suzuka 8 Hours debut). Musashi RT Harc-Pro, the Suzuka 8 Hours winner in 2010, 2013 and 2014, placed ahead of Kawaski Team Green, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and F.C.C. TSR Honda.

All the squads targeting a win at the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, the 2016-2017 FIM EWC final round, will be on the track during the official tests from 11-13 July. Fans are impatient to watch Yamaha Factory Racing Team, winner of the past two editions, clash with Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, which is hoping to notch up another world title, and GMT94 Yamaha, currently well-placed to combat SERT for the 2017 title.

Top 12 after tests – Suzuka, 5 & 6 July
Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing (Suzuki GSX-R 1000) 2’07.232
Musashi RT Harc-Pro (Honda CBR 1000 RR SP2) 2’08.023
Kawasaki Team Green (Kawasaki ZX-10RR) 2’08.352
YART Yamaha Official EWC Team (Yamaha YZF R1) 2’08.795
F.C.C. TSR Honda (Honda CBR 1000 RR SP2) 2’08.811
Honda Dream RT Sakurai Honda (Honda CBR 1000 RR SP2) 2’08.938
Team Kagayama (Suzuki GSX-R 1000) 2’09.177
Honda Suzuka Racing Team (Honda CBR 1000 RR SP2) 2’09.410
S-Pulse Dream Racing (Suzuki GSX-R 1000) 2’09.661
Honda Dream Racing (Honda CBR 1000 RR SP2) 2’10.388
SatuHATI Honda Team Asia (Honda CBR 1000 RR SP2) 2’10.742
EVA RT Webike Trick Star (Kawasaki ZX-10R) 2’10.749

 

Women racers

22/09/2017 18:36 - 2017-2018, Bol d'Or

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Female riders are in the spotlight right now. Lucy Glöckner’s battle for the podium galvanized the end of the Bol d’Or last weekend. But she wasn’t the only woman rider to enter the fray. The all-female Girls Racing Team (Amandine Creusot, Jolanda Van Westrenen and Muriel Simorre) finished the race too, and so did Flam Racing’s female rider Margaux Wanham.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Fourth past the finish line at the Bol d’Or, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC galvanized the end of the race. The private BMW team’s rider Lucy Glöckner fought an epic duel with permanent team Honda Endurance Racing’s Sébastien Gimbert, who made third place by a whisker. Glöckner’s spectacular feat won the German team the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy and €5,000 in prize money.

Racing the Bol d’Or as a two-man team on a current-day bike is quite a challenge. But when their 3rd rider withdrew after qualifying, National Motos decided to go ahead anyway with just Emeric Jonchière and Stéphane Egéa.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Endurance racing is a multi-faceted sport with extraordinary appeal. The prowess of the riders, teams, machines and tyre manufacturers all contribute to the excitement of the FIM EWC world championship, and this was amply demonstrated at the Bol d’Or.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

Reigning champion GMT94 Yamaha has won the Bol d’Or for the first time since 2007. The French factory-backed team clinched the victory ahead of Wepol BMW Motorrad Team by Penz13 and Honda Endurance Racing. The latter two teams staged a historic finish, with a duel between Sébastien Gimbert and female rider Lucy Glöckner of Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC.

21 hours into the race at the Bol d’Or, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing is battling for the Superstock win. The French Kawasaki-mounted team is currently in 5th place, dominating the Superstock class.