2022 Suzuka 8 Hours: Honda on day one of testing, YART on day two

2022 Suzuka 8 Hours: Honda on day one of testing, YART on day two

Honda confirms that YART will be flying for the second day of the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours test with Niccolò Canepa and Rea on track. Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes take to the track.

Alessio Piano / Corsedimoto.com

Suzuki’s 2022 8-hour week has officially begun. On the first day of testing, 39 of the 45 teams took to the track on Tuesday, August 2, significantly confirming the values ​​in the area that came out of the tests last July. In action only in the afternoon Honda HRC posted the fastest time with Tetsuto Nagashima ahead, in order, are YART Yamaha and Kawasaki KRT, the latter on track with only Leon Haslam.

HONDA HRC IMMEDIATELY HIT SUZUKA AT 8 O’CLOCK
Missing the two rounds scheduled for the morning, the HRC team reaffirmed the level of competitiveness stemming from the previous double day of testing. Tetsuta Nagashima, a test rider for the MotoGP, Superbike and 8h Suzuka projects, took the pole of the day in 2’06″966, making him the only rider capable of breaking the 2’07” barrier. Excellent performance considering the high temperature of around 35° when the asphalt temperature reaches 60°!

JONATHAN REA ON TREATMENT TOMORROW
Tetsuta Nagashima alternated with Takumi Takahashi on CBR 1000RR #33, Iker Lecuona wait on the track only tomorrow. This also applies Jonathan Rhee and Alex Lowes, which only arrived in Japan during testing, given the Bridge’s long journey to the Land of the Rising Sun. Kawasaki KRT really invited Leon Haslam to arrive in Suzuka a few days early so he could attend today’s practice where he clocked a third time of 2:07.451.

FAST YART YAMAHA
As in last month’s practice, YART Yamaha confirmed its speed at Suzuka. with Nikola Kanepa (the only Italian in the match) from the wing Marvin Fritz and Karel Khanika, R1 #7 finished second in 2’07″375. Behind the expected three leading teams in order are Honda Suzuka, FCC TSR Honda, SDG Honda (new name HARC-PRO) and Astemo Honda, the team of the legendary Shinichi Ito.

COVID-POSITIVE SIMEON MISSES 8 HOURS
In tenth position are the reigning world champions Yoshimura SERT Motul, but it’s not the good news of the day for them. Xavier Simeon, as well as several mechanics have tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore not be at the start of the Suzuki 8-hour race. Therefore it will be replaced by Greg Blackwho was left on the bench for good Kazuki Watanabe for this FIM EWC Japanese round.

NEXT ACTIONS TOMORROW
The final day of pre-race testing is scheduled for Wednesday in Suzuka, with the race weekend starting on Friday. The Top 10 challenge will be held on Saturday, with the 8 hours starting on Sunday, August 7 at the traditional time of 11:30am local time, 4:30am French.

43rd COCA-COLA SUZUKA 8-HOUR RACE
Test Session, Ranking, Tuesday, August 2 (Top 10)

1- Team HRC – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’06.966
2- YART Yamaha Official Team EWC – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 2’07.375
3- Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8H – Kawasaki ZX-10R – 2’07.451
4- Honda Sofukai Suzuka Racing – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’08.194
5- FCC TSR Honda France – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’08.260
6- SDG Honda Racing – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’08.379
7- Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’08.439
8- S-PULSE Dream Racing ITEC – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – 2’08.692
9- TOHO Racing – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’09.026
10- Yoshimura SERT Motul – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – 2’09.033


If we wanted to adopt a catchy title, we could choose “The Tricolor flies on the last day of the 8-hour practice at Suzuka.” And it’s true: two days after official qualifying, three days after the Top 10 and four days after the “race of races”, YART Yamaha’s Nicolò Canepa is leading the way. Teaming up with Marvin Fritz and Karel Hanika, the #7 R1 in Yamalube livery beat expected duelists Kawasaki KRT and Honda HRC by a sub 2’07” lap. Confirmation of everything seen so far since testing last July.

SUZUKI 8 HOUR YARD RECORD
Mandy Kainz, owner and manager of the Yamaha FIM EWC team, was clear ahead of the event: “We are aiming for the podium. Not just because there is no factory Yamaha, but simply because YART is doing well at Suzuka.”. The third consistent force behind (but not by that much…) the two factory teams, it even afforded itself the luxury of leading the timesheets today. With a 2’06″684 set during the first session (with cooler temperatures, so to speak) from 9:00 to 10:30 local time, the #7 R1 finished ahead of everyone else. An important recognition for Marvin Fritz, Karel Hanika and Nicolo Canepa who on Sunday equals the Italian record for the number of entries (5) in the 8 Hours held by Daniele Vegini.

JONATHAN REA ON THE ROAD
A very respectable time given that throughout the day, at race pace, YART set a great time. Presence on the track Jonathan Rheeand also what withAlex Lowes, who just arrived in Japan yesterday for Bridge to the Land of the Rising Sun’s long journey, legitimized the move. The trophy holders led the afternoon session with JR65 in 2’07″157, with YART just behind (2’07″307) in a session where the clouds dropped the tarmac temperature by a few degrees (close to 60°!).

HRC AIM TO BRING SUZUKA 8 HOURS BACK
In Wednesday’s overall results, the HRC team is in second place and remains, in terms of absolute performance (and more), the benchmark for the Suzuka 2022 8 Hours. The golden-winged house has perfected the rocket-like CBR 1000RR-R. , just grinding work these two days. It was not without some failures, for example, the fall of c Takumi Takahashi yesterday, which fortunately ended without physical consequences.

REST DAY THEN QUALIFYING
On Thursday, the 45 teams qualified for the 8-hour Suzuki race will have a “rest day” dedicated to technical inspections. On Friday, they will take to the track for official qualifying, which will determine the list of 10 teams admitted to the top 10 on Saturday, with the 8 hours starting on Sunday at the traditional time of 11:30am (4:30am French time).

43rd COCA-COLA SUZUKA 8-HOUR RACE
Test Session, Ranking, Wednesday, August 3 (Top 10)

1- YART Yamaha Official Team EWC – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 2’06.684
2- Team HRC – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’07.049
3- Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8H – Kawasaki ZX-10R – 2’07.157
4- Yoshimura SERT Motul – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – 2’07.624
5- SDG Honda Racing – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’07.670
6- FCC TSR Honda France – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’07.761
7- BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team – BMW M 1000 RR – 2’08.427
8- Team Kodama – Yamaha YZF-R1 – 2’08.618
9- Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’08.619
10- Honda Sofukai Suzuka Racing – Honda CBR 1000RR-R – 2’08.646

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Alessio Piano

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