Sepang Eight-Hours: Yamaha Sepang top first practice

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Yamaha Sepang Racing, which features Franco Morbidelli and Michael van der Mark topped the timesheets in free practice at the Sepang Eight-Hours. The Malaysian team set the fastest lap ahead of Webike SRC Kawasaki France and FC.C. TSR Honda France.

Following the private test dominated by TSR Honda France, Yamaha Sepang Racing got the upper hand in free practice this afternoon on their home territory in Sepang. On a track drying out after a storm, Hafizh Syahrin, the MotoGP rider and a star in Malaysia, clocked the fastest lap of the session, a ‘18.637, in the saddle of the Yamaha 21 with the Sepang International Circuit livery that he is riding with teammates Morbidelli and van der Mark.

Yamaha Sepang Racing were faster than Webike SRC Kawasaki France, who are beginning to find their feet on the 5.543-km circuit. The Kawasaki team – the 2018-2019 FIM EWC title holders – were ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda France, who looked very comfortable on the track on this initial day of tests at the 8 Hours of Sepang.

The top Superstock team, Tone RT Syncedge 4413 BMW, were in 4th place in free practice. The Japanese team (the Superstock class winner at the 2019 Suzuka Eight-Hours) proved faster than Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto and Moto Ain in the category.

YART Yamaha claimed fifth place ahead of Tecmas BMW GMC and BMW Sepang Racing. Tomorrow will be crucial in terms of preparing for the race, with the two qualifying sessions followed by the Top 10 Trial at the end of the day to reassign the top 10 spots on the grid. The fastest rider of each of the 10 best teams in qualifying will throw his hat back into the ring in the course of a flying lap.

Sepang Eight-Hours free practice one - conditions wet

1 Yamaha Sepang Racing MAS 1 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 21 - - 1:43.626 26
2 WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE FRA 2 EWC Kawasaki ZX 10RR 38 0.133 0.133 1:44.101 41
3 F.C.C. TSR Honda France JPN 3 EWC Honda CBR 1000 RR 22 0.550 0.417 1:44.078 40
4 TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 BMW JPN 1 SST BMW S1000RR 43 0.824 0.274 1:44.362 43
5 YART - YAMAHA AUT 4 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 28 1.640 0.816 1:44.599 37
6 TECMAS BMW GMC FRA 5 EWC BMW S1000RR 36 1.725 0.085 1:44.390 42
7 BMW Sepang Racing MAS 6 EWC BMW S1000RR 24 1.908 0.183 1:45.532 32
8 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto FRA 2 SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 40 2.476 0.568 1:45.717 40
9 Wójcik Racing Team POL 7 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 24 3.111 0.635 1:46.365 24
10 MOTO AIN FRA 3 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 35 3.149 0.038 1:45.823 36
11 VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES FRA 8 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 36 4.147 0.998 1:46.694 37
12 BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM BEL 9 EWC BMW S1000RR 31 4.176 0.029 1:46.796 32
13 3ART- MOTO TEAM 95 FRA 10 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 33 4.614 0.438 1:47.357 40
14 No Limits Motor Team ITA 4 SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 30 4.943 0.329 1:47.432 31
15 Team ERC Endurance GER 11 EWC Ducati Panigale V4R 11 5.045 0.102 1:47.720 12
16 Bertl K. Racing Team AUT 12 EWC BMW S1000RR 18 5.166 0.121 1:48.000 22
17 TEAM PLUSONE JPN 13 EWC BMW S1000RR 28 5.177 0.011 1:47.338 38
18 Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA JPN 14 EWC Honda CBR 1000 RR 6 5.454 0.277 1:46.915 20
19 MOTORS EVENTS FRA 5 SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 29 5.520 0.066 1:48.291 36
20 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team FRA 15 EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 23 5.879 0.359 1:47.754 35
21 BMRT 3D MAXXESS NEVERS FRA 6 SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 34 6.053 0.174 1:48.720 35
22 GERT56 by GS YUASA GER 7 SST BMW S1000RR 29 6.121 0.068 1:48.022 36
23 National Motos FRA 16 EWC Honda CBR 1000 RR 28 6.238 0.117 1:48.336 29
24 Team Aviobike ITA 8 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 6 6.808 0.570 1:49.285 19
25 TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING FRA 17 EWC Kawasaki ZX 10R 32 6.862 0.054 1:49.098 32
26 Rac 41 FRA 9 SST Honda CBR 1000 RR 29 7.089 0.227 1:49.023 31
27 Wójcik Racing Team 2 POL 10 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 30 7.385 0.296 1:49.435 40
28 SUZUKI JEG - KAGAYAMA ESP 18 EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 4 7.534 0.149 1:50.115 4
29 Team R2CL FRA 19 EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 15 7.808 0.274 1:49.669 27
30 Bolliger Team Switzerland SUI 20 EWC Kawasaki ZX 10R 24 7.936 0.128 1:50.319 25
31 MOTOTECH EWC TEAM BEL 21 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 29 8.077 0.141 1:50.154 30
32 TEAM SUGAI RACING JAPAN JPN 22 EWC Aprilia RSV4RF 30 8.246 0.169 1:49.705 36
33 MACO RACING Team SVK 23 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 19 8.396 0.150 1:50.314 20
34 Team Kodama JPN 24 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 17 8.482 0.086 1:50.239 24
35 TEAM HANSHIN RIDING SCHOOL JPN 11 SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 16 8.913 0.431 1:50.257 19
36 KRP SANYOKOUGYOU & will raise RS-ITOH JPN 25 EWC Kawasaki ZX 10R 12 9.403 0.490 1:51.552 18
37 HRT 100 - Hertrampf Racing Endurance GER 26 EWC Ducati Panigale V4R 21 9.508 0.105 1:50.733 35
38 ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91 FRA 12 SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 38 9.519 0.011 1:51.068 39
39 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 GER 27 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 31 10.243 0.724 1:51.460 40
40 AM Moto Racing Competition FRA 13 SST Kawasaki ZX 10R 18 10.346 0.103 1:51.667 19
41 OG MOTORSPORT BY SARAZIN FRA 14 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 33 10.619 0.273 1:51.524 38
42 PACHI HKM SPEED RACING MAS 15 SST BMW S1000RR 17 10.941 0.322 1:51.849 23
43 TransMapRacing with ACE CAFE JPN 28 EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 26 11.274 0.333 1:52.533 27
44 British Endurance Racing Team GBR 29 EWC Suzuki GSXR-1000 28 11.492 0.218 1:52.730 34
45 Team LRP Poland POL 30 EWC BMW S1000RR 22 11.792 0.300 1:53.419 23
46 T.MOTOKIDS icu Takada I.W NAC SANYO JPN 31 EWC Yamaha YZF-R1 8 12.537 0.745 1:53.411 20
47 PITLANE ENDURANCE FRA 16 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 8 12.755 0.218 1:53.284 20
48 JMA MOTOS ACTION BIKE FRA 17 SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 28 14.044 1.289 1:54.708 28
49 TEAM 202 FRA 18 SST Yamaha YZF-R1 31 18.814 4.770 1:58.270 32
50 Yamashina Kawasaki KEN Racing & Auto Race UBE JPN 32 EWC Kawasaki ZX 10R 0 - - - 0
51 Extéria KSPCS Racing Team by EKO CZE 19 SST Suzuki GSXR-1000 0 - - - 0