Bol d’Or – Yamaha dominates the first tests of the Bol d’Or 2019 – Used YAMAHA

Yamaha dominates the first tests of the Bol d’Or 2019

Bol d'Or - Yamaha dominates the first tests of the Bol d'Or 2019 - Used YAMAHA

After two days of pre-Bol d’Or testing at Le Castellet, the official Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), which called on Loris Baz alongside Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepa on the Yamaha no. 7, wins in front of the Kawasaki SRC n ° 11 reigning world champion. Debrief.

"We have a very good pace (better all in 1’54.154, editor’s note) and a very homogeneous crew for the race in a few weeks, even if these are only tests", considers Loris Baz before "to pass his brain in WorldSBK mode ", since he will be driving this weekend at like .

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For the Blue Giant, recruited on the Yamaha n ° 7 of YART for the Bol d’Or in, it was "a treat to discover this legendary circuit. We have a very good pace and a very homogeneous crew for the race. in a few weeks, even if these are only tests ".

Bol d'Or - Yamaha dominates the first tests of the Bol d'Or 2019 - Used YAMAHA

"I’m really happy with the way the test went," Loris said happily before "putting his brain into WorldSBK mode", since he will be riding this weekend at like. “It was great to be back with YART for the first time since 2011. There are still some familiar faces and the welcome from the whole team was very warm. It was really nice and it was also great to ride with Niccolo and Marvin. We worked really well together and since I didn’t know the track when I arrived, they helped me a lot ".

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"We had the same objective to prepare the bike, we knew what needed to be improved and we found a setting that suits everyone", continues the Haut-Savoyard. "It’s important that the three drivers have a high pace. I can’t wait to ride, it will be a great challenge to have a 24 hour race!"

5 teams under 1’55

While last year Randy de Puniet (without handlebars this year following the) set the record in 1’54.007 during qualifying, five other teams fell below the 1’55 mark yesterday. With the second fastest time (1’54.398), Team SRC Kawasaki France is honoring its title of world champion with Jeremy Guarnoni, David Checa and Erwan Nigon.

Surprising third, the VRD Igol Pierret Experiences team (Xavier Simeon, Florian Marino and Florian Alt) explains having "worked a lot with Dunlop", of which Xavier Simeon is one of the developer pilots. This team supported by Yamaha, which is entering its second season in the EWC premier class, also knows the bike better and better, which also facilitates the work of the settings ", specifies the team manager Yannick Lucot, but" we still have a margin progress ".

 We also salute the 4th fastest time of Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, mounted in the premier category since the start of the year, which recruited the 2017/2018 world endurance champion Alan Techer alongside Julien Enjolras and Kevin Denis.

23 Yamaha, 12 Suzuki, 11 Kawasaki, 7 BMW, one Ducati and one Metiss

Fifth, the F.C.C. TSR Honda France retains its trio of drivers (Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike di Meglio), as does the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, 8th (Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black) which will race for the first time under the auspices of its new team manager, Damien Saulniera, defector of the Junior Team who succeeds Dominique Meliand.

In the absence – still unexplained! – of the Honda Endurance Racing team n ° 111, only four teams will represent the world giant in the 2019/2020 championship: FCC TSR Honda France, National Moto (Emeric Jonchière, Stephane Egea and Baptiste Guittet), RAC41 (Axel Aynie and Guillaume Antiga) and Zuff Racing Honda Swiss (Bryan Leu, Kevin Suitrueb and Michael Suighliardi) … Opposite, Honda will find no less than 23 Yamaha, 12 Suzuki, 11 Kawasaki, seven BMWs, one Ducati and one Metiss.

Moto Ain, winner of the FIM endurance world cup, signs the best performance in Superstock with Roberto Rolfo, Robin Mulhauser and Hugo Clère, despite competition from Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto (Enzo Boulom, Kevin Manfredi and Christian Gamarino). We will also have to rely on BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers (Anthony Loiseau, Jonathan Hart and Julien Pilot) as well as on Team Motors Events, back in the category this year with Kevin Jaeck, Christopher Beaty and Nicolas Deser.

Finally in the Experimental category, the Kawasaki n ° 17 of the iTem 17 team with its recruited two new drivers alongside Gabriel Pons. "We spent two exceptional days on the Paul Ricard circuit with our two new accomplices Hikari Okubo and Jacopo Cretaro", rejoices the team which foresees "an animated race" against their "competitors and friends" of the Metiss n ° 45 ( Billy Cornut, Cyril Huvier and Emmanuel Cheron).

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Meet on Thursday September 19 for free practice, then for the start of the 83rd Bol d’Or on Saturday September 21 at 3:00 p.m..

Top 10 Bol d’Or tests 2019

  1. YART Yamaha – 1’54.154
  2. Team SRC Kawasaki France – 1’54.398
  3. VRD Igol Pierret Experiences (Yamaha) – 1’54.659
  4. Tati Team Beaujolais Racing (Kawasaki) – 1’54.860
  5. F.C.C. TSR Honda France – 1’54.947
  6. Team ERC Endurance (BMW) – 1’54.968
  7. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team – 1’55.076
  8. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team – 1’55.123
  9. Moto Ain (Yamaha) – 1’55.422
  10. Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto (Kawasaki) – 1’55.688

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