Log In

Yamaha Factory Racing Team Build on Pace on Day 2 of Suzuka Test

Yamaha Factory Racing Team Build on Pace on Day 2 of Suzuka Test

Rollover to zoom

Click main image to enlarge

The Yamaha Factory Racing Team were back in action on Wednesday for the second day of the second official Suzuka 8 Hours test at the iconic circuit ahead of the final round of the 2016/2017 FIM Endurance World Championship on the 28th-30th July. After jet lag hampered the team's first day of testing, day two saw them take to the track in earnest as they look to make it a hat-trick of wins at the legendary endurance race, ending the day third fastest on combined times. The YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team were also on track as they continue their preparations for the final round of the season that sees them both in with a chance of being crowned world champions.

The forecast was rain for the second day of the last official test, but luckily there were no signs of grey clouds in the morning and the track was dry. This gave the teams plenty of time to continue their testing schedules from yesterday and run laps in earnest. Eyes were on the Yamaha Factory Racing Team's Alex Lowes who had been dogged by jet-lag yesterday and spent the sessions trying to conserve his energy.

Thursday is the last day of the test, where the teams will be making their final adjustments to be ready for when the race weekend kicks off in a few weeks' time and you can stay up to date with all the action via the special Yamaha Suzuka 8 Hours website.

Alex Lowes

Yamaha Factory Racing Team

"Today I'm not as tired and I'm feeling in great condition physically. This morning was dry so riding the bike felt really good. We were looking forward to doing some long runs in the afternoon, but it rained so we couldn't do them. But the bike felt really good in the wet too, so overall, we had a great test today. Right now, we don't have any major issues; really there are just a few little things that I want to try, a couple of different lines in some corners, just for myself. With the bike, I'm quite happy. The other guys may want to try something but I'm happy. So, I hope we can get some dry time tomorrow and put in more laps."