Bol d'Or 24H: Pre-Bol Testing
Posted: 31st August 2017
YART Yamaha fastest – SERT not recording times, but in top five – Honda, Kawasaki, BMW also all under 2 minutes – Gap between EWC and STK teams closing – official practice starts in two weeks
The following times have been posted after the second day of the Pre-Bol test sessions.
Note that SERT Suzuki were on track testing and evaluating the new-for-2017 GSX-R1000 but were not using a transponder on their bikes and so did not record any official times but we understand they were lapping in the 1:59.2 area.
Fastest SuperStock team was Yamaha Viltais on 2:00.449, showing the closing margin between the full-fat EWC bikes and the much more standard STK machines. The advantage of the EWC modifications during a race will be significant (quicker wheel and brake pad changes, etc) but the performance gap is closing.
Words: Martin Geder, Photos: FIM EWC