The 8 Hours of Suzuka, the endurance competition on two wheels where the Japanese factories have thrown away the rest, is the stage where Honda will avenge another ‘annus horribilis’ and with the start of the competition this Friday with free practice and the first qualifying sessions, the riders competing for the golden wing brand shone, led by former Moto2 Testuta Nagashima who lifted the HRC team’s CBR 1000 RR-R to provisional pole with a record time of 2’04″942 , the only one to break the 2’05” wall, broke Jonathan Rea’s record with Kawasaki (2’05″168) set in 2019 qualy.
After the now HRC tester, forming a team on the Honda nº33 with Takumi Takahashi and the former Valencian MotoGP Iker Lecuona, a Honda rider in the Superbike World Championship, Niccolò Canepa qualified on the Yamaha of the YART team with 2’05” 863 and Alex Lowes recorded 2’06″204 for the Kawasaki racing Team. Behind them were SI Racing’s Honda and FCC TSR, while Reiterberger’s BMW was sixth. This Saturday will be the Superpole Top 10, which will decide the starting order for Sunday.
Bad news for Suzuki SERT Yoshimura, only 22nd, who lost Sylvain Guintoli to injury after an accident in the previous test.
Source: La Verdad