The Monster Yamaha YART is in great shape in Albacete, second round of the Qtel FIM World Endurance Championship, in Spain. After a promising free practice session, the Austrian Yamaha took the best spot this afternoon from the first qualifying session of the 8 Hours of Albacete. This provisional pole position is mainly due to Steve Martin, who was the fastest rider today, being able to break the 1’31 bar by clocking a 1’30.638 lap.
With the average time of the three riders, Igor Jerman, Gwen Giabbani and Steve Martin, the Monster Yamaha YART leads Sébastien Gimbert, Erwan Nigon and Hugo Marchand on the BMW Motorrad France 99, the Yamaha Racing France GMT 94 Ipone are very close behind with David Checa, Kenny Foray and Matthieu Lagrive.
The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team hasn’t yet found the optimal suspension setting and has to be satisfied with the fourth time. The SERT is disappointed of not putting the hammer down from the very beginning of the event, as usual. “We’ve been working in the wrong direction”, said team manager Dominique Méliand, “but we’ll get it right tonight from the night testing session”.
The Honda TT Legends is learning well and fast, as they are getting closer to the top 4. The Yamaha of Maco Racing Team is fifth with a very homogeneous team of riders, Jason Pridmore, Gregg Black and Gregory Junod.
In seventh place is the first Superstock machine, the BMW of Van Zon Boenig Motorsportschool Penz13 RT, ahead of another S1000RR, from the Spanish team BMW Mas of Alvaro Molina. They offered themselves the luxury to outperform the local endurance specialist, the YMES Folch Endurance. In the Superstock class, the Team Motor Events Bodyguard AMT, DG Sport, No Limits Motor Team, AM Moto Racing Compétition and the Qatar Endurance Racing Team are all together grouped between the twelfth and sixteenth place.
For many teams, the night testing session will be a not to be missed opportunity to work on the settings, and some serious action is planned on track tomorrow morning with the second qualifying session. The start of the race will be given tomorrow Saturday at 6 pm and the arrival at 2 am Sunday morning.
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