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Triumph and upheaval for the Yamaha teams

Triumph and upheaval for the Yamaha teams

25/08/2016 15:18

YART Yamaha Official EWC Team dominated free practice at Oschersleben this morning, ahead of Team Rabid Transit and GMT94 Yamaha. Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors, the current Superstock leader, placed 4th.

The YART Yamaha Official EWC Team – Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Bradley Smith – posted a 1’26.489 fastest lap, but Bradley Smith’s crash was the shock of the session. The Moto GP Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider, who’d come to shore up YART Yamaha Official EWC Team’s bid to win the FIM EWC 2016, is currently in hospital at Magdeburg.

The YART-supported Team Rabid Transit with riders Sheridan Morais, Ivan Silva and Brandon Cretu clocked the second-best performance of the morning with a 1’26.917 lap. These were the only two teams to lap under the 2’17 mark. A third R1 – the GMT94 Yamaha bike – finished third after free practice, with David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Lucas Mahias in the saddle.

In Superstock, Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors, currently heading the World Cup standings, made its ambitions clear by placing 4th. The team’s Superstock BMW came in ahead of Penz13.com BMW Motorrad, who have recruited Matthieu Lussiana to replace the injured Mathieu Gines alongside Kenny Foray and Lukas Pesek.

Free practice provided an opportunity for last-minute bike set-up tweaks for the teams chasing the FIM EWC 2016: SRC Kawasaki, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, Team April Moto Motors Events, F.C.C. TSR Honda and Honda Endurance Racing. Team Bolliger, which often shines at Oschersleben, is also among the pack of potential winners.

The first qualifying is taking place this afternoon.

Free practice results

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.