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Jul 25, 2013

F.C.C. TSR Honda Fastest, Americans Jason Pridmore And Kevin Schwantz Near Top In Free Practice Thursday At The Suzuka 8 Hours

FIM Endurance World Championship: F.C.C. TSR Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari (11) in action at Suzuka. Photo by Good-shoot.com, courtesy of FIM.
FIM Endurance World Championship
Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours
Suzuka Circuit, Japan
July 25, 2013

Free Practice One Results:

1. F.C.C. TSR Honda (J. Rea/R.Kiyonari), Hon CBR1000RR, 2:08.812

2. Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team (T. Tsuda/N. Aoki/J. Brookes), 2:09.448

3. BMW Motorrad FRance Team Thevent (D. Cudlin/E. Nigon/J. Pridmore), BMW S1000RR, 2:10.168

4. Team Kagayama (Y. Kagayama/K. Schwantz/N. Haga), Suz GSX-R1000, 2:10.658

5. Musashi RT Harc-Pro (T. Takahashi/L. Haslam/M. VD Mark), Hon CBR1000RR, 2:10.664

6. Monster Energy Yamaha YART (K. Nakasuga/B. Parkes/J. Waters), Yam YZF-R1, 2:10.854

7. Yamaha France GMT94 Michelin Yamahalube (D. Checa/K. Foray/M. Lagrive), Yam YZF-R1, 2:11.285

8. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (V. Philippe/A. Delhalle/J. Da Costa), Suz GSX-R1000, 2:11.369

9. Eva RT Test Type-01 Synergy Force Trickstar (T. Serizawa/O. Deguchi/H. Izutsu), Kaw ZX-10R, 2:11.716

10. SweetsLabo Motorrad 39 with Hokkaido Sabedr (D. Sakai/T. Tsujimura/S. Takahashi), BMW S1000RR, 2:12.631


33. Team38 PS-K (S. Karita/D. Keyes/S. Yamashita), Kaw ZX-10R, 2:17.159


Free Practice Two Results:

1. BMW Motorrad FRance Team Thevent (D. Cudlin/E. Nigon/J. Pridmore), BMW S1000RR, 2:08.833

2. Monster Energy Yamaha YART (K. Nakasuga/B. Parkes/J. Waters), Yam YZF-R1, 2:08.972

3. F.C.C. TSR Honda (J. Rea/R.Kiyonari), Hon CBR1000RR, 2:09.141

4. Musashi RT Harc-Pro (T. Takahashi/L. Haslam/M. VD Mark), Hon CBR1000RR, 2:09.432

5. Honda Team Asia (M. Tamada/A. Shah B. Kamaruzaman/Y. Takahashi), Hon CBR1000RR, 2:09.525

6. Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team (T. Tsuda/N. Aoki/J. Brookes), 2:09.530

7. SweetsLabo Motorrad 39 with Hokkaido Sabedr (D. Sakai/T. Tsujimura/S. Takahashi), BMW S1000RR, 2:10.218

8. Yamaha France GMT94 Michelin Yamahalube (D. Checa/K. Foray/M. Lagrive), Yam YZF-R1, 2:10.350

9. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (V. Philippe/A. Delhalle/J. Da Costa), Suz GSX-R1000, 2:10.679

10. Team Kagayama (Y. Kagayama/K. Schwantz/N. Haga), Suz GSX-R1000, 2:10.697


25. Team38 PS-K (S. Karita/D. Keyes/S. Yamashita), Kaw ZX-10R, 2:14.074




More, from a press release issued by FIM Endurance Press Office:

FCC TSR Honda leads Suzuka free practice ahead of BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent and Monster Energy Yamaha YART

Last year’s winner FCC TSR Honda is staking its claim from the word go in this 36th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours. In this morning’s free practice, Jonathan Rea and Ryuichi Kiyonari powered the Japanese Honda to the top of the time sheets with a lap in 2’08.812. But their European rivals are not far behind. The BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent signed the second best lap of the free practice in 2’08.833, just ahead of the Monster Energy Yamaha YART, crewed by 2012 pole-position scorer Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Broc Parks and Josh Waters, with a lap in 2’08.972.

However, it looks like being a tough race for the factory BMW. Damian Cudlin hurt his ankle badly during the first free practice session this morning and Jason Pridmore was called in earlier in the week to replace Sylvain Barrier who injured himself in tests at Suzuka earlier this month, so only Erwan Nigon knows the BMW inside out.

Only these three teams managed to break the 2’09 barrier today over the 5 821 m Suzuka track. They are followed closely by a posse of Japanese teams with laps of 2’09. The Honda of Musashi RT Harc-Pro, the Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team, the Honda Team Asia and the BMW of Sweets Labo Motorrad with Hokkaido are all currently ahead of the Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube, Team Kagayama and the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team. It has been a gentle start for the official French Yamaha and Suzuki, but Team Kagayama had a crash in the second session with Kevin Schwantz in the saddle.

Among the other permanent teams present in Japan, the Suzuki of Team R2CL chalked up the best performance in 2’12.943 ahead of the Kawasaki of Bolliger Team Switzerland, Honda TT Legends, the Kawasaki of the Flembbo-Leader Team and the Suzuki of Motobox Kremer by Shell Advance, which is making its Suzuka début.

Les first qualifying sessions will begin at Suzuka tomorrow, Friday, at 11.00 hours (GMT +9).