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GMT94 Yamaha claims provisional pole

GMT94 Yamaha claims provisional pole

15/09/2016 22:01

GMT94 Yamaha proved its mettle yet again after dominating free practice, picking up provisional pole this afternoon ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and Team SRC Kawasaki.

GMT94 Yamaha’s Lucas Mahias was once again the fastest rider on the Paul Ricard circuit this afternoon, posting a 1’58.255 lap. Together with David Checa and Niccolò Canepa, he took the Yamaha #94 to provisional pole ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, which recorded a time of 1’59.237 with a great performance by Anthony Delhalle (1’58.512) alongside Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson. Team SRC Kawasaki took third place on the provisional grid after its three riders Grégory Leblanc, Randy de Puniet and Fabien Foret posted a best average time of 1’59.341.

F.C.C. TSR Honda and Honda Endurance Racing’s CBR1000RR bikes jostled for 4th and 5th place on the provisional grid, ahead of YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and the second Japanese team competing at Castellet, Trick Star Racing with riders Erwan Nigon, Osamu Deguchi and Hitoyasu Izutsu. Penz13.com BMW Motorrad fell back to 8th after Lucas Pesek crashed, sustaining a foot injury.

Team Louit Moto 33 Traqueur topped the Superstock class, as in free practice, ahead of Team April Moto Motors Events and Maco Racing. In the saddle of the Kawasaki #33, Emeric Jonchière, Anthony Loiseau and Morgan Berchet took 9th place on the provisional grid with a time of 2’01.132, but a clutch of other Superstock teams – Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences, Team 3Art Yam’Avenue and Tati Team Beaujolais Racing – turned in very similar performances, placing 12th to 15th.

The second leg of qualifying starts tomorrow – Friday – at 9.40am.

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Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

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YART Yamaha wound up the 24 Heures Motos tests on a very encouraging note. The factory-backed Austrian team was the only one to complete a lap of the Bugatti circuit in under 1’37.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France dominated the first day of pre-testing for the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans. Despite the rain, 50 of the 60 teams entered for the second round of the FIM EWC were on the Bugatti circuit.

With five constructors and three tyre manufacturers running neck and neck, the outcome of the 24 Heures Motos is anyone’s guess. A look at the favourites to win the 41st edition at Le Mans on 21 and 22 April.

With four months to go for the Suzuka 8 Hours, the Japanese factory teams are already gearing up for the action. Following Honda’s announcement that official team HRC is returning to Suzuka, Kawasaki has revealed that Jonathan Rea will be back with Team Green.