Day 2 of joint tests were held at Suzuka Circuit in the lead-up to the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship Series 43rd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race.
Teams were divided into groups A and B for two test sessions, an 80-minute morning session and a 90-minute afternoon session. Unaffected by the typhoon as feared, sunny skies and extreme heat set the stage for the entire day.
In the second run for Group A, Team HRC (Tetsuta Nagashima / Takumi Takahashi / Iker Lecuona) led the field with 2 min 6.232 s. In Group A’s fourth run, Team HRC was third fastest with 2 min 6.949 s.
Sudden spikes in air and track temperatures caused numerous red flags halting proceedings throughout the day. On Day 2, teams with three riders needed to consider how to allocate time and tests to each of their riders. As the day progressed, lap times improved on average.
Team HRC’s team manager, Kazuhiko Yamano said, “We ran all the tests we had planned for Suzuka 8 Hours, gathering very good data. Our competitors were faster than we expected, so we’ll be going into race week making adjustments and building our strategy accordingly. Nagashima and our other riders did long-runs well, and combined they make a great team.”
SUZUKA 8HOURS ESSENTIAL* RECORDS POLE POSITION RECORD: 2’04.934s Team HRC – Tetsuta Nagashima – Honda CBR1000RR-R SP (2022) RACE RECORD: 2’06.805s Kawasaki Racing Team – Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki ZX10RR (2019) Name: SUZUKA CIRCUIT Location: 7992 Ino-Cho, Suzuka-shi, Mie-ken 510-0295, Japan Track length: 5.821 kilometres Race distance: 8… read more.
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