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GMT94 Yamaha takes control in free practice

GMT94 Yamaha takes control in free practice

15/09/2016 14:26

GMT94 Yamaha was the only team under the 2-minute mark on the Paul Ricard circuit this morning: a performance that made the squad’s ambitions crystal clear right from official free practice at the Bol d’Or.

A 1’59.633 lap by Lucas Mahias gave FIM EWC 2016 world champion GMT94 the edge this morning over Team SRC Kawasaki (2’00.048) and Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (2’00.183) in free practice at the Bol d’Or, the opening round of the new FIM EWC 2016/2017 season.

Also within the same second, Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Team (2’00.558) placed just ahead of YART Yamaha Official EWC Team (2’00.885) and Japanese squad Trick Star Racing, which is competing for the first time in the full FIM EWC season. Honda Endurance Racing placed 7th in free practice with a 2’00.908 lap, ahead of another Japanese team, F.C.C. TSR Honda (2’01.277).

The top Superstock team, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing on Kawasaki, placed 9th with a 2’01.809 lap, ahead of Yamaha Moto Ain CRT (2’01.915).

Following this preliminary session of tests and adjustments, the teams will get down to the serious business of qualifying this afternoon. 56 teams will be competing in this 80th edition of the Bol d’Or.

Free practices results

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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.