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Suzuka Eight-Hours: Hill's YART team set pole

Hill in action on the Monster YART R1
Hill in action on the Monster YART R1

Image by Monster YART

Tommy Hill's Monster YART team will start from pole position at tomorrow's prestigious Suzuka Eight-Hours after their star Japanese rider Kata Nakasuga blitzed them field with 2'06.845, an endurance lap record.

Reigning British Superbike Champion Hill was the fourth-quickest rider in the Superpole session, which is no mean feat on a track he has only ridden on twice and using unfamiliar Michelin tyres.

His team just edged ahead of another ex-BSB man, Ryuichi Kiyonari, who had been fastest on a 2'07.063 until Nakasuga gave Yamaha their first qualifying top spot in more than 12 years.

Leon Camier's Yoshimura Suzuki team finished third and a little under three tenths behind Kiyonari while Jonathan Rea's works FCC-TSR team are fourth quickest on a 2'08.077. Honda TT Legends start from 17th place after just missing out on Superpole in final qualifying. Jason O'Halloran was their fastest man.

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