Yamaha Factory rubs it in
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Yamaha Factory Racing Team once again led the official tests with an impressively quick 2:06.273 lap. The winner of the past three editions of the Suzuka 8 Hours proved faster than Kawasaki Team Green and Honda HRC on the second day of tests in Japan. L’article Yamaha Factory rubs it in est apparu en premier sur FIM EWC.
Yamaha Factory Racing Team once again led the official tests with an impressively quick 2:06.273 lap. The winner of the past three editions of the Suzuka 8 Hours proved faster than Kawasaki Team Green and Honda HRC on the second day of tests in Japan.
The test days are supposed to enable teams to do some last-minute tweaking of settings, but Yamaha Factory Racing Team, the Suzuka 8 Hours winner since 2015, has already gone into attack mode. Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark wrapped up the day’s testing with a 2:06.273 lap. In doing so, they beat the race lap record (a 2:06.932) set by Alex Lowes last year, and inched closer to Pol Espargaró’s 2’06.000 record lap in the Top 10 Trial during qualifying at the 2015 Suzuka 8 Hours.
If their performance is anything to go by, we can look forward to a high-octane race in Suzuka on 29 July. Kawasaki Team Green were however unfazed and retaliated with a 2:06.838 of their own. Kazuma Watanabe, Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea made it clear they’re equally determined to get the Suzuka win.
Honda HRC set the third-fastest lap of the day, a 2:07.500, just ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing (2:07.838) and two other Hondas to watch: Musashi RT Harc-Pro Honda (2:08.280) and au.Teluru MotoUP RT (2:08.483).
YART Yamaha retains the lead among the FIM EWC full-season teams. Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Takuya Fujita posted a 2:09.021 fastest lap. GMT94 Yamaha, who have just announced the 2018 Suzuka 8 Hours 2018 will be the last time they compete in the FIM EWC, completed a 2:10.738 lap, while Suzuki Endurance Racing Team continued working on race setup with a 2:12.170 lap.
A final day of tests is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) at Suzuka. The 64 teams entered for the 41st edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours will return to the track for a private test on Thursday 26 July.