2013 Suzuka 8 Hours | YART Yamaha Tops Friday Qualifying

YART Yamaha at Suzuka 8 Hours Qualifying
YART Yamaha at Suzuka 8 Hours Qualifying
YART Yamaha at Suzuka 8 Hours Qualifying

2013 Suzuki 8 Hours Friday Qualifying Results

The 36th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours, round two of the 2013 FIM Endurance Word Championship, got underway Friday with the first two qualifying sessions.

And leading the pack was Monster Energy Yamaha YART. This came after YART Yamaha YZF-R1 rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga posted a 2:07.629 around the Japanese circuit. At last year’s edition, during the Top10 Trial Superpole session that reshuffles the 10 top places on the grid, Nakauga also pulled off a quick lap of 2:06.845. If he can do that again Saturday, YART will likely have the pole once again.

When Friday wrapped up though, the YART Yamaha team finished just ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team (Takuya Tsuda in 2:07.688), the FCC TSR Honda (2:07.857 with Jonathan Rea) and the Honda of Musashi RT Harc-Pro, with a best lap by Michael Van Der Mark in 2:07.879.  Michelin is therefore currently ahead of the Japanese at Bridgestone.

Team Kagayama held on to the fifth place with an improved time of 2:08.438 by Noriyuki Haga, while Kevin Schwantz gained two seconds, clocking up 2:10.907. The Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube held on to its sixth place of this morning signed David Checa (2:09.039) ahead of BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent, despite a better time by Erwan Nigon (2:09.066), and the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe in 2:09.114).

The Honda of Toho Racing with Moriwaki and the Honda Team Asia make up the Top 10 who will be fighting it out on the track in the Top10 Trial Superpole tomorrow from 15.30 hours local time (GMT+9). Two riders from each crew will be riding one flying lap. The best times will determine the first ten places on the starting grid for the race.

Among the permanent teams to have travelled to Japan, the Kawasaki of Bolliger Team Switzerland is best placed in 19th ahead of the Suzuki of R2CL, 21st. Honda TT Legends is currently in 29th position, Team Flembbo-Leader Team in 37th and the Motobox Kremer by Shell Advance in 56th out of a total of 63 crews in the race.