Kawasaki qualifies on pole, but Yamaha are not far behind.
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Yamaha Impress with Strong Le Mans Qualifying Performance
The YART Yamaha Official EWC and GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Teams have both shown their impressive capabilities ahead of tomorrow’s 40th edition of the FIM EWC 24 Heures Motos with strong performances in qualifying. The overall qualification classification sees YART Yamaha in second and GMT94 Yamaha just behind in third.
YART Yamaha Official EWC riders Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Kohta Nozane have been clear of their race intentions from the first laps of the legendary Le Mans weekend, with Australian Parkes setting a scorching 1’35.966 on Bridgestone tyres in yesterday’s first qualifying to take provisional pole. The hot lap set a new lap record for the Bugatti circuit with Parkes being the only rider to drop under the 1’36 mark. Teammates Fritz and Nozane kept the team’s pace up, giving the team a best average lap of 1’36.402 for the provisional pole.
Today’s second qualifying sessions saw the temperatures lower than yesterday, and with a huge amount of traffic on track, finding a clear lap proved challenging. Despite this Parkes, Fritz and Nozane kept the pressure on, finally securing second overall, just 0.033 from pole. The result shows promise for the race as unlike the pole sitters on qualifying tyres, YART Yamaha Official achieved their times on their race tyres.
GMT94 Yamaha Official’s David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio were able to put match their fellow Yamaha riders, putting the YZF-R1 to good use on the first day of qualifying. Young Italian Di Meglio was able to lay down an impressive 1’36. 601, which, when combined with Canepa and Checa’s times placed GMT94 Yamaha provisionally second, just 0.536 from YART on top.
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