Extra, from a press launch issued by FIM EWC:
POLE FOR HRC FOR HOME EWC SUZUKA 8 HOURS
A delayed and revised High 10 Trial for pole place for the third spherical of the FIM Endurance World Championship noticed Tetsuta Nagashima submit a 2m04.934 to take pole place on the #33 Crew HRC CBR1000RR-R SP for tomorrow’s forty third working of the Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours while YART prepared the ground for the EWC season-contenders.
After blended circumstances affected working to this point at Suzuka the only pole lap format was revised for an open 40-minute session for the 2 nominated riders from every group.
For Crew HRC, it was Nagashima first to push the Bridgestones, with the pole lap set on his first flying lap, which might show to be unbeatable for the remainder of the session.
“So I’m actually completely satisfied to that we’ve got achieved the pole place,” mentioned Nagashima. “Sadly, we didn’t have the highest 10 trial as we speak. However anyway, we’re going to do it’s superb to begin from the pole opposition. So tomorrow we’re going to do a terrific job.
Subsequent quickest was one other Suzuka-only effort with the #10 Kawasaki Racing Crew Suzuka 8H ZX-10R and Jonathan Rea making amends for his FP2 off to set a 2m05.149s late on within the session.
“I used to be very proud of the lap time,” mentioned Rea. “I obtained caught out a bit of bit this morning with the Bridgestone tyre because it’s the primary time I’ve ever used their mushy tyre. We’ve been working with the race tyre and I underestimated how a lot grip the mushy has in change of course.
“I actually assist the race administrators once they modified the High 10 Trial format as a result of so many riders hadn’t accomplished one chrono lap, so for me to enter tremendous pole and set one lap would have been very unusual. So, as a substitute we had 40 minutes to make the lap time and step-by-step I understood this mushy tyre and the lap time was fairly good, I made a couple of errors however actually proud of second place.
“Congratulations to Tetsuto because it’s an unbelievable lap time. My team-mates have been doing a extremely good job this week and we’ve obtained a terrific beginning place.”
Main the cost for the EWC season contenders, it was the #7 YART – Yamaha Official Crew EWC with all three riders going out within the session as allowed by the revised format, and all three posting instances within the 2m05s.
It was Karel Hanika final to submit his quick time and his was the quickest too, with a 2m05.769s from Marvin Fritz on a 2m05.776s and Niccolò Canape with a 2m05.981s, illustrating simply how nicely matched the YART riders are.
“I’m fairly completely satisfied to take a seat right here subsequent to those guys so congratulations to Honda and Kawasaki,” mentioned Hanika. “To begin with, I mustn’t have been working as we speak as I had a reasonably nasty crash yesterday so the High 10 Trial ought to have been for my team-mates. To face right here as we speak with the quickest lap on the Yamaha is fairly good, however crucial is that every one of us are quick.
“Coming to this race we knew that we had been missing a little bit of tempo within the testing in comparison with these guys, so that’s what we had been engaged on this week. We are able to really feel the enhancements within the dry circumstances and even within the moist. Most likely we have to enhance within the combine circumstances, however hopefully we might be good tomorrow.”
Second quickest of the regulars was the #5 FCC TSR CBR1000RR-R Fireblade with Josh Hook posting a 2m06.204s, while the #37 BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM M1000RR certified ninth with Markus Reiterberger setting a 2m06.897s.
Extra, from a press launch issued by Kawasaki:
KRT Takes Second Place On Suzuka 8 Hours Grid
Saturday observe and qualifying on the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours occurred in surprising style because the competing groups entered the ultimate day earlier than the race itself on Sunday. The Quantity 10 official KRT squad ended a generally dramatic few hours on observe second on the beginning grid, simply 0.215 seconds from the very prime.
A last – and surprising – ‘Superpole-style’ qualifying session was held over 40 minutes period. It decided the highest ten beginning locations for the forty third Suzuka 8 Hours race. The deliberate ‘Ten Lap Trial’ qualifying format, for the ten finest groups from earlier qualifying periods, was cancelled. The ultimate free observe session held simply earlier than the High Ten Trial had been minimize brief after a crash, decreasing necessary preparation time for the High Ten Trial itself.
WorldSBK KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes had been the 2 riders who set the ultimate qualifying laps for the group within the 40 minute session. Lowes was quick immediately on his first flying lap with a mushy Bridgestone rear tyre, however Rea couldn’t capitalise totally in his first run on the mushy tyre.
The group and rider got here up with a plan that noticed Rea lastly qualify second quickest, to earn an virtually best beginning place alongside the quickest qualifiers from Crew HRC. Rea set a robust 2’05.149 lap on the Ninja ZX-10RR regardless of not having a superbly clear finest lap.
Climate circumstances for Raceday are predicted to be changeable which guarantees a difficult day for all 45 groups who’re on the provisional beginning grid. Smart tyre and refuelling methods will rely as a lot because the three riders’ private on-track performances.
Kawasaki will now try and take a 3rd Suzuka 8 Hours victory as a producer.
The forty third Suzuka 8 Hours will begin – and end – on Sunday 7 August 2022.
Jonathan Rea, said: “I’m very proud of the lap-time. This morning I obtained caught out a bit of bit with the tyre. It’s the first time I’ve ever used the mushy tyre from Bridgestone. We’ve got been working rather a lot with our race tyre and I underestimated how a lot grip there was within the change of course. So, to do the ‘Time Assault’, I assist the choice of the administrators once they modified the format. With so many riders having accomplished one chrono lap, for me to enter a Superpole one lap session was very unusual. We then had 40 minutes to make a lap time. Step-by-step, I understood the mushy tyre and the lap was fairly good. I made a couple of errors however I’m actually proud of second place. My team-mates have been doing a extremely good job this weekend so we’ve got an unbelievable beginning place.”
Alex Lowes, said: “I’m actually proud of qualifying. For me it was my finest ever lap at Suzuka and I’ve been coming right here for a very long time. In order that was good. As a group we’ve got been doing a extremely good job. We’ve got labored exhausting for the race and we’ve got been fairly good in all totally different circumstances. It seems like we’re going to have some typical Suzuka rain, on-and-off, on Sunday. So we have to be ready for that and capable of adapt to all of the conditions. However we’re actually having fun with being again right here on the Suzuka 8-Hours. It has been a few years since we’ve got been capable of come again so I’m completely satisfied to be right here now. It’s been a pleasure to be driving with these guys, Leon and Jonathan, and I’m trying ahead to the race tomorrow.”
Leon Haslam, said: “For me it was a distinct qualifying day to regular, once I would have had the strain of driving. At the moment, I feel I used to be extra nervous watching these guys and there was extra pleasure than once I needed to experience the bike! They each did a tremendous job. Alex straight in with a tyre he had by no means used earlier than and into the two.05s. Johnny was implausible. Actually, the group has been working rather well and I’m completely satisfied to be part of the Kawasaki Racing Crew with these two guys. Step-by-step once more now and we’ll see what the climate holds tomorrow. I’m feeling very assured and actually proud of every little thing to this point.”
Guim Roda, KRT Crew Supervisor, said: “It has been one other traumatic Saturday as a result of first it was moist and raining within the morning. Then we didn’t know find out how to method the High Ten Trial. Within the Free Observe earlier than the High Ten Trial qualifying Johnny fell and we wanted to reorganise some issues in our technique. Then there was one other crash they usually needed to cancel the free observe. Then the organisation and the FIM needed to cancel the High Ten Trial, and we went into 40 minutes of Superpole-style qualifying. In that point we needed to play with the tyres we had left; not so many. We organised to work with Johnny and Alex as the 2 riders who would go for the perfect lap time. Alex made an unbelievable job utilizing the mushy tyre for the primary time. He needed to run quick immediately but in addition test the sensation he was getting. He made an unbelievable lap time. On the similar time Johnny, within the first ‘out,’ didn’t fairly perceive the mushy tyre. However in his second run he was so quick. If he might have made an ideal clear lap perhaps he might run in 2’04.8 or 2’04.9 tempo? In any case, it’s was unbelievable. We’re so completely satisfied for that and let’s see how we’re tomorrow within the race itself.”
The well-known #11 machine of Webike SRC Kawasaki France with riders Randy de Puniet, Etienne Masson and Florian Marino, will begin a constructive twelfth on the grid within the Superbike class. Kawasaki Plaza Racing Crew, with riders Ryosuke Iwato, Yuta Okaya and Naoki Kiyosue, had been the second place qualifiers within the Superstock class and a powerful 14th total, even when measured in opposition to the extra extremely race-prepared Superbike squads.
Extra, from a press launch issued by Yamaha:
YART Yamaha Set to Begin Suzuka 8 Hours from Third
The Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Crew will start the forty third version of the Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race from third after a robust efficiency in a revised High 10 qualifying session on Saturday in Japan.
The Austrian squad of Niccolò Canepa, Marvin Fritz, and Karel Hanika ended Friday’s rain-affected qualifying periods at Spherical 3 of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) in second and obtained off to a terrific begin on Saturday as they backed up that tempo within the last Free Observe session by setting a 2:06.888 to complete in second.
Resulting from issues of safety, the traditional High 10 Trial format at Suzuka – the place two riders from every group are chosen to take to the observe separately and their common lap time decides the ultimate grid spots – was swapped for a extra standard 40-minute session that includes the quickest ten groups from Friday’s mixed qualifying periods.
The format change meant that every one three YART riders might set a lap as they continued to spearhead the Yamaha assault in opposition to their championship rivals and manufacturing facility groups, with solely the quickest time counting in the direction of the ultimate outcome. Within the EWC, 5 championship factors can be found throughout qualifying, so the session took on much more significance within the overcast however scorching and humid circumstances at Suzuka.
Canepa was the primary out after setting the quickest time on Friday (2:05.863), and the Italian rider instantly confirmed he meant enterprise by recording a 2:05.981 on his first flying lap. He was going even faster on his subsequent lap however needed to pit for gas, and a small mistake on his second run meant he couldn’t enhance.
Handing the Bridgestone-shod YART Yamaha R1 over to his teammate Fritz, the German rider improved the group’s time to a 2:05.776 on his first try and report his private finest lap across the iconic 5.821km Suzuka Circuit. After one other pit cease, it was time for Hanika to take to the observe, seeking to show some extent following the disruption of each of his qualifying periods on Friday as a result of rain.
The 26-year-old needed to adapt rapidly to the change in format, as he was not as a result of experience in the course of the High 10 Trial and due to this fact had not gone out to do a lap within the Free Observe session. Regardless of this, the Czech rider used the possibility to point out his true tempo to enhance the group’s time much more by setting a 2:05.769, a brand new fastest-ever lap for a Yamaha in EWC at Suzuka. This was adequate to safe third on the timesheets, 0.835s off pole place and meant YART completed because the main full-time EWC group, solely behind the 2 manufacturing facility squads, securing three important championship factors within the course of.
Having proven extremely constant tempo all week, whether or not in the course of the day or at evening, in moist or dry circumstances, the Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Crew head into Sunday’s 8-hour race stuffed with confidence that they will take the struggle to the manufacturing facility groups and try to shut the now 27-point hole to the leaders within the EWC total standings. The motion on Sunday kicks off at 8:30 am native time (UTC+9) earlier than the legendary endurance race begins with the normal Le Mans working begin at 11:30 am.
Karel Hanika – P3 (2:05.769)
Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Crew
“At the moment was unbelievable! It was a tricky day for me yesterday after what occurred throughout qualifying. I might not have been driving as we speak within the High 10 Trial, however the format change meant I had a second likelihood. We made a plan that we’d every do two laps, and Niccolò, who was the quickest yesterday, would get one other two laps on the finish. I needed to alter rapidly once they introduced the format change, as I used to be not imagined to be driving, and I didn’t do a lap within the Free Observe session this morning. It was not simple to rise up to hurry rapidly, and I made a couple of small errors, however ultimately, it was nonetheless sufficient to set the fastest-ever lap for Yamaha at Suzuka. We all know our potential is larger as our best lap time was rather a lot faster, however for every of us to set our greatest instances inside one-tenth of one another over the past two days is exceptional. Every thing is working rather well with the YART Yamaha R1, now, we have to be a bit fortunate in the course of the race, make the suitable choices, and we will struggle on the entrance. We’ve got extra EWC expertise than the manufacturing facility groups, so we’re assured and may’t look ahead to the race tomorrow.”
Marvin Fritz – P3 (2:05.776)
Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Crew
“At the moment was a extremely good day! We had been the one group with all three riders breaking into the two:05s, which exhibits we’ve got nice tempo and consistency. It’s unbelievable whenever you assume that every one three riders have set instances this week faster than Yamaha had ever been round Suzuka prior to now, even with the manufacturing facility group. Thanks to the entire group for doing a tremendous job and my teammates for being so fast. We’ve got good tempo within the dry, and we had been additionally the quickest in the course of the moist Night time Observe on Friday, so I feel we’re prepared for the race, regardless of the climate throws at us. Our goal is to get on the rostrum, however we’ll simply concentrate on ourselves and see the place we end on the finish of the 8 hours.”
Niccolò Canepa – P3 (2:05.981)
Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Crew
“We’re extremely completely satisfied about securing third in qualifying as a result of all three riders had been within the 2:05s. Actually, this was our goal, so we’re delighted to have achieved it. I’m happy with my time. I might have gone even faster, however I ran out of gas in the direction of the tip of my first stint after which made a small mistake on my second try. My teammates had been very good, and it exhibits how sturdy we’re as a group that all of us managed laps within the 2:05s. The YART Yamaha R1 is working so nicely right here at Suzuka; we’re stuffed with confidence heading into the race. Because of the entire group and my teammates for his or her exhausting work.”
Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Crew – Crew Supervisor
“At the moment, we noticed what teamwork is all about. All three riders lapped within the 2:05s, and we had been solely behind the 2 manufacturing facility groups. Contemplating the assets we’ve got at our disposal, it is a very good outcome, and we managed to attain our goal. We’ve got proven this week that we’re quick in all circumstances, and the group have labored beautifully to organize the bike in the very best method. We head into tomorrow’s race assured we will struggle with the manufacturing facility groups and seeking to shut the hole to our full-time rivals within the EWC championship. Something can occur in endurance racing, however we’ve got put ourselves in a terrific place for the race.”