8 Hours of Albacete: YART Takes Friday


2011 FIM Endurance World Championship

The first qualifying session for the 8 Hours of Albacete got underway Friday in Spain, with the Monster Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) taking the provisional pole.

YART YZF-R1 riders Igor Jerman, Gwen Giabbani and Steve Martin topped the first qualifying session for the FIM Endurance World Championship by 0.3 of a second ahead of BMW Motorrad France 99.

Yamaha Austria Racing Team report although pole was a great reward for the first day, more importantly the team worked hard on fuel consumption, tire wear and set up for the race.

Mandy Kainz (Yamaha Austria Racing Team Manager) says: “My guys were perfect today including the technical staff. Every body did their job above expectation and we are in a good position for the race. We took pole last in oschersleben in 2009 and are in a good position to do it here also. It would be great to start from pole tommorrow as well but the race is more important.”

The 8 Hours of Albacete, Round 2 of the 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship, continues Saturday morning with the second qualifying session before the race, which starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.

Endurance World Championship, Round Two, Albacete: Qualifying One Results
1. Monster Yamaha – YART: 1:31.306
2. BMW Motorrad France 99: 1:31.620
3. Yamaha France GMT 94 Ipon: 1:31.641
4. S.E.R.T.: 1:32.149
5. Honda TT Legends: 1:32.654