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Jul 22, 2010

F.C.C. TSR Honda Fastest In Free Practice At The Suzuka 8 Hours World Endurance Race

The two free practice sessions of Suzuka 8 Hours was dominated by FCC TSR Honda. Kosuke Akiyoshi, Jonathan Rea and Yuki Takahashi are the only ones to have completed a lap under 2'09 for the first session. They conserved the best lap time for the second session.

They precede the Honda MuSashi RT Harc Pro of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Takumi Takahashi and Takaaki Nakagami (2nd of the 300 km of Suzuka 2010) and the Yoshimura Suzuki with Eneos de Daisaku Sakai, Nobuatsu Aoki and Yukio Kagayama. Sakai and Aoki, winners of the 300 km of Suzuka on 13th June, also won Suzuka 8 Hours in 2009.

This Suzuki Yoshimura is the only rival of the Honda armada at Suzuka. As for the CBR1000RR, the most successful today in the free practice session were Keihin Kohara of Shinichi Itoh and Makoto Tamada and the Honda Dream RT Sakurai of Chojun Kameya and Wayne Maxwell.

As for the European teams, the Yamaha France GMT 94 Ipone of David Checa, Kenny Foray and Damian Cudlin are the most successful with a lap time in 2'12.431 seconds. They lead the Yamaha Austria Racing Team of Igor Jerman, Steve Martin and Gwen Giabbani who did their best lap in 2'12.878. The Kawasaki Bolliger Switzerland finishes further down the grid with a lap time of 2'15.535.

The first qualifying sessions will begin tomorrow, Friday, at 11h in Suzuka (GMT + 9h). It is sunny and very hot (37° C) in Suzuka at the moment. However, the local weather station announces possible thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.