Suzuka 8H: Official Tests

Posted: 13th July 2017

Round up of three days tests – Moriwaki Honda, MuSASHi RT Harc Pro Honda, Yamaha Factory Team, FCC TSR Honda, Team Green Kawasaki – Kiyo, Miller, Loews, Bradl, Haslam – YART Top Permanent Team

An official three day test session has just finished, ahead of the Suzuka 8 Hour Endurance World Championship season finale at the end of this month. The following is a brief summary of the performance of a selection of the top teams, based on unofficial combined times over the three days.

Fastest overall was the No.19 Moriwaki Motul Honda Fireblade SP2 (Yuki Takahashi, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Dan Linfoot) on 2:07.346, with the No.634 MuSASHi RT Harc Pro Honda Fireblade SP2 (Takumi Takahashi, Takaaki Nakamura, Jack Miller) second on 2:07.592 and the No.21 Yamaha Factory Racing Team YZF-R1 (Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark) third on 2:07.603.

Fourth place went to the No.05 FCC TSR Honda (Stefan Bradl, Dominique Aegerter, Randy de Puniet)– a 2016 model rather than the latest SP2. No.011Team Green Kawasaki (Kazuma Watanabe, Leon Haslam, Azian Kamaruzaman) were fifth quickest, followed by No.12 Yoshimura Motul Suzuki Takuya Tsuda, Sylvain Guintoli, Josh Brookes) , with the second Moriwaki Honda eighth, the second Harc-Pro Honda ninth and the second Yoshimura Suzuki tenth.

YART Yamaha (Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz, Kohta Nozane) finished in 13th and 16th place overall, Trickstar Kawasaki (Erwan Nigoni, Hitoyasu Izutsu, Gregory Le Blanc) were 29th, Yamaha GMT94 (David Checa, Niccolo Canepa, Mike di Meglio) were 33rd and SERT Suzuki (Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson, Alex Cudlin) 42nd and 43rd.

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team Manager

"I think this was a very positive test for us. It would be easy to look only at the lap time, but what was important for us was finding a setup that's easier to ride. We had tricky conditions on the first day, so our emphasis was on Marvin learning the track. Today was dry so we tried to have him do even more laps while Broc and Kohta compared last year's setup to this year's, so we were able to gather a lot of information. We made positive progress, so I think this is a test we can be happy with."

Words: Martin Gelder, Photos: Moriwaki, Tomohiro Harada (Suzuki), Yamaha Racing