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2019 Le Mans: SRC Kawasaki top first practice

Team SRC Kawasaki France topped free practice at the 2019 Le Mans 24-hour, coming in ahead of Honda Endurance Racing and YART Yamaha after the first session.

Team SRC Kawasaki France had their race strategy in place right from free practice. Jérémy Guarnoni posted the fastest lap, a 1’37.030, at the tail end of the session. The trio, comprising Guarnoni, David Checa and Erwan Nigon are looking very competitive in the saddle of the factory Kawasaki.

The second-best performance of the morning came from Randy de Puniet (1’37.048) riding the Honda Endurance Racing bike with Yonny Hernández and Sébastien Gimbert.

YART Yamaha (Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepa) took third spot in free practice with a 1’37.317 lap, ahead of Team ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and VRD Igol Pierret Expériences, who are already closing in on the favourites.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France were seventh after a problematic session. The Japanese team – and reigning world champions – are evidently still working out their chassis set-up. The team’s three riders Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike Di Meglio took minor spills this morning.

Other favourites also experienced a number of falls this morning. Vincent Philippe for Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and Randy de Puniet for Honda Endurance Racing were among the riders who crashed, albeit harmlessly.

In Superstock, GERT56 by GS Yuasa (BMW), the category toppers following their Bol d’Or win, are already leading, ahead of two Suzuki-mounted squads, Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki and Team Motors Events.

The first qualifying gets underway on the Bugatti circuit at 2.40pm BST today. At the end of the session, the average of the best times achieved by each team’s three riders will determine the provisional starting grid.

2019 Le Mans 24-Hour free practice one - conditions dry

1 TEAM SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE EWC Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:37.030 61 - - 1:37.001
2 Honda Endurance Racing EWC Honda CBR 1000 RR 1:37.048 47 0.018 0.018 1:36.904
3 YART - YAMAHA EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:37.317 38 0.287 0.269 1:37.133
4 Team ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance EWC BMW S1000RR 1:37.425 32 0.395 0.108 1:37.355
5 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:37.546 41 0.516 0.121 1:37.254
6 VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:37.642 32 0.612 0.096 1:37.176
7 F.C.C. TSR Honda France EWC Honda CBR 1000 1:37.960 29 0.930 0.318 1:37.575
8 Bolliger Team Switzerland EWC Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:38.069 42 1.039 0.109 1:37.814
9 FANY GASTRO BMW MOTORRAD- by MERCURY RACING EWC BMW S1000RR 1:38.346 33 1.316 0.277 1:38.279
10 GERT56 by GS YUASA SST BMW S1000RR 1:38.460 48 1.430 0.114 1:38.209
11 WEBIKE TATI TEAM TRICKSTAR EWC Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:38.685 35 1.655 0.225 1:38.685
12 WEPOL Racing EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:38.728 38 1.698 0.043 1:38.432
13 3ART- MOTO TEAM 95 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:38.761 25 1.731 0.033 1:38.761
14 Wójcik Racing Team EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:38.816 20 1.786 0.055 1:38.771
15 Junior Team LMS Suzuki SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:38.949 35 1.919 0.133 1:38.821
16 MOTORS EVENTS SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:39.111 40 2.081 0.162 1:38.720
17 SC PROJECT PATON REPARTO CORSE SST Honda CBR 1000 1:39.116 43 2.086 0.005 1:39.060
18 BMRT 3D MACCIO RACING SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:39.127 54 2.097 0.011 1:38.656
19 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:39.189 37 2.159 0.062 1:39.010
20 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:39.250 44 2.220 0.061 1:39.250
21 OG MOTORSPORT BY SARAZIN SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:39.325 45 2.295 0.075 1:39.232
22 Rac 41 SST Honda CBR 1000 1:39.351 41 2.321 0.026 1:38.785
23 MOTOTECH EWC TEAM EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:39.494 37 2.464 0.143 1:39.210
24 Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:39.605 23 2.575 0.111 1:39.253
25 MOTO AIN SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:39.745 38 2.715 0.140 1:39.474
26 AM Moto Racing Competition SST Kawasaki YZF-R1 1:39.798 36 2.768 0.053 1:39.484
27 Team LRP Poland EWC BMW S1000RR 1:39.810 42 2.780 0.012 1:39.512
28 No Limits Motor Team SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:39.847 35 2.817 0.037 1:39.834
29 Team R2CL EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:39.864 6 2.834 0.017 1:39.748
30 ITeM 17 EXP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:40.078 31 3.048 0.214 1:39.916
31 National Motos EWC Honda CBR 1000 1:40.158 32 3.128 0.080 1:39.941
32 METISS EXP Metiss 1:40.225 21 3.195 0.067 1:40.225
33 MACO RACING Team EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.254 33 3.224 0.029 1:40.222
34 Cottard Motosport SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:40.348 47 3.318 0.094 1:40.323
35 Wójcik Racing Team 2 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.437 63 3.407 0.089 1:40.212
36 Aprilia Le Mans 2 Roues SST Aprilia RSV4-1000 1:40.572 40 3.542 0.135 1:40.292
37 Slider Endurance SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.775 23 3.745 0.203 1:40.622
38 GSM RACING EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:40.808 25 3.778 0.033 1:40.589
39 JMA MOTOS ACTION BIKE SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:40.832 53 3.802 0.024 1:40.484
40 FGN RACING SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.979 8 3.949 0.147 1:40.886
41 Team Aviobike SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.132 26 4.102 0.153 1:40.841
42 PITLANE ENDURANCE SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.158 57 4.128 0.026 1:41.048
43 Falcon Racing Rennes Motos SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.938 32 4.908 0.780 1:41.938
44 SEIGNEUR MOTORSPORT RACING SST BMW S1000RR 1:41.972 28 4.942 0.034 1:41.789
45 Space Moto 37 EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:42.054 37 5.024 0.082 1:42.030
46 TMC 35 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:42.128 18 5.098 0.074 1:42.052
47 MOTOSTAND ENDURANCE SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:42.274 27 5.244 0.146 1:42.274
48 Glazik Moto - Sport Passion Endurance EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:42.462 28 5.432 0.188 1:42.296
49 TRT27 BAZAR 2 LA BECANE SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:42.571 51 5.541 0.109 1:41.787
50 ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91 SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:42.583 31 5.553 0.012 1:42.264
51 GIRLS RACING TEAM SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:42.651 27 5.621 0.068 1:42.540
52 BOSSTEAM ENDURANCE SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:43.012 39 5.982 0.361 1:43.012
53 LCR ENDURANCE SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:43.358 40 6.328 0.346 1:43.268
54 Mana-au compétition soutient la Ligue contre le ca SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:43.377 34 6.347 0.019 1:43.293
55 Dunlop Motors Events SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 1:43.418 33 6.388 0.041 1:43.202
56 SPEEDTEAM72 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:43.595 36 6.565 0.177 1:43.007
57 ACRO RACING TEAM 64 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 1:43.907 17 6.877 0.312 1:43.655
58 PLAYERS SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 1:44.387 25 7.357 0.480 1:44.278
59 TEAM 202 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 1:44.396 37 7.366 0.009 1:44.114

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