Yamaha lead as Suzuka 8 Hour Qualifying gets underway
Four different manufacturers fill the top four places when Friday Qualifying kicked off at Suzuka
Yamaha Factory Racing Team topped the timesheets in first qualifying at Suzuka this morning in what was a session for the ‘Blue’ rider, for each team. Which was then quickly followed by another session for each team’s ‘Yellow’ rider, followed by another session for the ‘Red’ rider in each team.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga was the man of the morning setting a scintillating 2m06.779 on the Factory Yamaha YZF-R1 ahead of FCC TSR Honda’s Dominique Aegerter.
Alex Lowes then reinforced the strength of the Factory Yamaha entry by then topping the next session when it was his turn on the bike, the Brit going faster than his vastly experienced Japanese teammate to lower the benchmark to 2m06.405. The third rider in the team, Michael Van Der Mark could not match the pace of his teammate and managed a 2m08.164 in the third session for the ‘Red’ riders in each team.
Along with Dominique Aegerter the FCC TSR SP2 Fireblade squad also has Randy De Puniet and Taree’s Josh Hook in the FCC TSR team. But it was the Swiss rider that took to the track for the team in the opening session today to clock a best of 2m07.371. De Puniet could not improve on that time but set a competitive 2m07.689. Josh Hook then took part in the third session for the team and set a 2m08.698.
Third quickest in the opening qualifier was Watanabe on the Team Green Kawasaki while Sylvain Guintoli made it four different manufacturers in the top four by putting in 2m07.523 on the Yoshimura Suzuki he will share with Takuya Tsuda and Sydney’s Josh Brookes.
Leon Haslam improved on Watanabe’s time when it came his turn to pilot the Team Green Kawasaki with a 2m07.395, but was still not quick enough to knock FCC TSR out of second placed on combined times.
Josh Brookes hit the track in the second session and put in a 2m08.134, half a second off teammate Guintoli’s morning time as he refamilarises himself with the Suzuki after spending the 2017 season onboard the Anvil Yamaha in BSB.
Takahashi on the highly fancied Musashi Harc-Pro SP2 was fifth quickest this morning ahead of Newcastle’s Broc Parkes aboard the YART Yamaha YZF-R1.
Jack Miller then took to the track on the Musashi Harc-Pro SP2 in the second session and put in a 2m08.595, a second off what Japanese teammate Takahashi managed in the first session. Nakagami was the next out for the team and did a best of 2m07.504, the quicket time of the team’s three riders.
Josh Waters took to the track this morning for MotoMap Suzuki squad and stopped the clocks with a best of 2m08.972 which was good enough for tenth quickest. Waters was the team’s quickest rider for the day.
Jason O’Halloran was out in the second session and recorded a 2m09.599 on the Dream RT Sakurai Honda. Jamie Stauffer was out in the last session for the team and recorded a 2m12.879. The team’s Japanese rider Mizuno was the quickest of the squad with a 2m09.238.
Damian Cudlin was the second rider out for Sup Dream Honda and put in a 2m10.222, the 15th quickest time in the second session. Marginally quicker than teammates Ito and Black.
Anthony West impressed on the Akeno Yamaha with a 2m10.507 good enough for second quickest amongst the Superstock entrants in the opening session for what is the world’s most prestigious endurance race,
Mark Aitchison was 24th in the second session aboard the Team JP Kawasaki.
Alex Cudlin took to the track in the third session and put in a 2m11.106 for Pulse Dream Suzuki.
Riders will suit up again tonight for another session each before they go under lights for the night practice session.
Suzuka 8 Hour – First Qualifying Results – Team Rider Blue
Yamaha Factory – Nakasgua 2m06.779
FCC TSR Honda – Aegerter 2m07.371
Kawasaki Team Green – Watanabe 2m07.490
Yoshimura Suzuki – Guintoli 2m07.508
Musashi Harc Pro Honda – T Takahashi 2m07.524
YART Yamaha – Parkes 2m07.718
Moriwaki Honda – Y Takahashi 2m07.837
Honda Suzuka Racing Team – Hiura 2m08.151
Team Kagayama Suzuki – Kagayama 2m08.901
MotoMap Suzuki – Waters 2m08.972
BMW Motorrad 39 – De Rosa 2m09.016
S Pulse Dream Suzuki – Ogata 2m09.018
Honda Dream Sakurai – Mizuno 2m09.238
Honda Team Asia – Pratama 2m09.271
Honda Dream Racing – Koyama 2m09.704
JP Kawasaki – Watanabe 2m09.768
Ito Racing Yamaha – Maeda 2m09.924 (Superstock)
GMT94 Yamaha – Checa 2m10.118
Sup Dream Honda – Ito 2m10.233
Suzuka 8 Hour – First Qualifying Results – Team Rider Yellow
Yamaha Factory – Lowes 2m06.405
Kawasaki Team Green – Haslam 2m07.398
FCC TSR Honda – De Puniet 2m0-7.689
S Pulse Dream Suzuki – Schrotter 2m08.035
YART Yamaha – Nozane 2m08.056
Yoshimura Suzuki – Brookes 2m08.134
Musashi RT Harc Pro Honda – Miller 2m08.595
Moriwaki Honda – Kiyonari 2m08.661
GMT94 Yamaha – Canepa 2m09.454
Honda Suzuka Racing – Kamei 2m09.482
Honda Dream Sakurai – O’Halloran 2m09.599
Kagayama Suzuki – Syahrin 2m09.605
BMW Motorrad39 – Iddon 2m09.941
Honda Team Asia – Zaidi 2m10.074
Sup Dream Honda – D Cudlin 2m10.222
Honda Dream Racing – Iwato 2m10.286
Mistress ATJ Honda – Sekiguchi 2m10.407
MotoMap Suzuki – Aoki 2m10.462
Ito Yamaha – Osaki 2m10.708
Bolliger Kawasaki – Stamm 2m10.743
Suzuka 8 Hour – First Qualifying Results – Team Rider Red
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