Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha on provisional pole after Friday
Yamaha Factory Racing topped Friday's first qualifying for the 40th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours, with Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Michael van der Mark setting an average time of 2m07.116s.
Lowes was quickest of the trio on board the #21 Yamaha YZF-R1, lapping the legendary Japanese circuit in 2m06.779s during the morning session.
The Yoshimura Suzuki and HARC-Pro Honda squads were separated by just 0.015s in the battle for second, with the former’s #12 crew of Takuya Tsuda, Sylvain Guintoli and Josh Brookes holding the edge.
MotoGP star Jack Miller was the quickest of the HARC-Pro riders after clocking a time of 2m07.524s.
Leon Haslam, Kazuma Watanabe and Azlan Shah put the #11 Kawasaki Green outfit in fourth place, while the #5 FCC TSR Honda trio of Dominique Aegerter, Randy de Puniet and Josh Hook - substituting for Stefan Bradl - were the last of the runners to break the 2m07s barrier in fifth.
The #7 YART squad was second-best of the Yamahas in sixth ahead of the #71 Team Kagayama Suzuki.
Positions eight to 10 were occupied by Honda outfits, making it fives bikes from the Japanese manufacturer inside Saturday's top 10 qualifying shootout.
Top 10 qualifying results:
|1||21||Yamaha Factory Racing Team|| |
Michael van der Mark
|2||12||Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing|| |
|3||634||Musashi RT HARC-Pro Honda|| |
|4||11||Kawasaki Team Green|| |
|5||5||F.C.C. TSR Honda|| |
Randy de Puniet
|6||7||YART Yamaha|| |
|7||71||Team Kagayama|| |
|8||19||Moriwaki Motul Racing|| |
|9||25||Honda Suzuka Racing Team|| |
|10||22||Honda Team Asia|| |
Dimas Ekky Pratama
Md Zaqhwan Zaidi
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