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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

 

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.

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.

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences has won the FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. Sixth overall at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, the last race of the season for the category, and second Superstock past the finish line, the French team won its maiden World Cup victory, and is already setting its sights even higher.

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences has won the FIM EWC Superstock World Cup. Sixth overall at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, the last race of the season for the category, and second Superstock past the finish line, the French team won its maiden World Cup victory, and is already setting its sights even higher.