News 22 Aug 2015

Parkes' YART squad storms to Oschersleben EWC pole

Yamaha Austria Racing Team on the rebound in Germany.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Weather conditions were sunny as qualifying wrapped up at the Oschersleben 8 Hours, the third round of the FIM Endurance World Championship, in Germany.

After qualifying sessions spread over two days, Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) emerged as the fastest team, ahead of SRC Kawasaki and GMT94 Yamaha.

After their mishaps at the 24 Heures Motos in Le Mans and the Suzuka 8 Hours, the YART squad went all out to notch up a good result in Germany.

The SRC Kawasaki team had several crashes at Suzuka that totally destroyed the bike and had to rebuild two bikes in a hurry to get back into the fray in Germany.

Currently second in this year’s championship standings, 29 points behind the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, reigning champions GMT94 Yamaha won themselves a handsome third place on the grid.

Current championship leader Suzuki Endurance Racing Team erred on the side of caution during the qualifying sessions. After Anthony Delhalle’s fall yesterday, the SERT bike will be starting the race all the way back in seventh place.

The BMW Motorrad France Team riders’ average times over two days put them in fourth place, even though they have the quickest rider in the line-up as Markus Reiterberger lapped the fastest individual time of 1m26.330s.

The Honda Racing team managed to climb from seventh place yesterday to fifth after totally changing the bike set-up, with Sébastien Gimbert lapping his best time today. But their fuel strategy during the race remains their biggest advantage – they squeeze in two to four laps more than their adversaries between stints.

In the Superstock class, current championship leader Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki slipped to second in the category by placing ninth on the starting grid.

Local squad Völpker NRT 48 & Penz13 by Schubert Motors created an upset, zooming to first in the category by placing sixth on the grid, ahead of some EWC heavyweights.

Alex Cudlin’s Team April Moto Motors Events Suzuki outfit will start out of 12th position, ninth of the Formula EWC entries amongst the Superstocks.

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