On July 6, Day 2 of joint tests for the 44th edition of the Endurance World Championship (EWC) “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race (Suzuka 8 Hours) concluded a two-day session at the Suzuka Circuit.
On day 2 the participating bikes were again divided into groups A and B. A 70-minute Session 5 for each group was held in the morning, followed by a similar 70-minute Session 6 in the afternoon.
Unlike the previous day, conditions were hot in the morning with strong sunshine and soaring temperatures. 33℃ highs were forecast, but at Suzuka Circuit, heat reflected from the track surface and generated from the engines added to the scorching environment. Track temperature reached 55°C in the morning, and rose to 60°C in the afternoon, creating test conditions similar to the race itself.
In Session 5, Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing (Kosuke Sakumoto / Ryo Mizuno / Kazuma Watanabe) was third-fastest with 2 min 7.958s, F.C.C. TSR Honda France (Josh Hook / Mike Di Meglio / Alan Techer) was fourth with 2 min 7.891s, and Team HRC (Takumi Takahashi / Iker Lecuona / Xavi Vierge / Tetsuta Nagashima) was fifth-fastest with 2 min 7.791s. SDG Honda Racing (Teppei Nagoe / Naomichi Uramoto / Yuki Kunii) was sixth with 2 min 7.940s. Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (Md Zaqhwan Bin Zaidi / Andi Farid Izdihar / Nakarin Atiratphuvapat) was eleventh-fastest with 2 min 8.499s.
In Session 6, Team HRC’s Nagashima led the way with a 2 min 6.077s lap (fastest time in the two-day combined classification), followed by Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing with 2 min 6.638s, and F.C.C. TSR Honda France with 2 min 6.811s. SDG Honda Racing was fourth-fastest with 2 min 7.254s, Honda Dream RT SAKURAI Honda (Kazuki Ito / Daijiro Hiura / Kota Arakawa) was seventh with 2 min 7.895s, and Team ATJ (Satoru Iwata / Yuki Takahashi / Tomoyoshi Koyama) was tenth with 2 min 8.271s. Honda had six teams in the top 10 for the session.
Team HRC focused on long run tests, giving its riders a good feel for the bike. With ambient and track temperatures rising, the test was held in conditions similar to the actual race, allowing the team to accumulate valuable data. The team also performed race-condition pit work, preparing the crew for the race.
Honda aims for back-to-back wins in the Suzuka 8 Hours following last year, and if successful, Takahashi will tie Toru Ukawa’s five Suzuka 8 Hours victories.
Fastest session times (Wednesday 5 July):
Session 1, Group A: Team HRC, 2m06.258s
Session 1, Group B: Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing, 2m07.730s
Session 2, Group A: Team HRC, 2m08.054s
Session 2, Group B: YART Yamaha Official Team EWC, 2m22.908s
Session 3, Group A: Team Sakurai Honda, 2m22.451s
Session 3, Group B: Yoshimura SERT Motul, 2m23.359s
Fastest session times (Thursday 6 July):
Session 1, Group A: F.C.C. TSR Honda France, 2m07.791s
Session 1, Group B: YART Yamaha Official Team EWC, 2m06.813s
Session 2, Group A: Team HRC, 2m06.077s
Session 2, Group B: Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing, 2m06.638s
Day 1 and Day 2 combined:
1: Team HRC, 2m06.077s
2: Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing, 2m06.683s
3: F.C.C. TSR Honda France, 2m06.811s
4: YART Yamaha Official Team EWC, 2m06.813s
5: SDG Honda Racing, 2m07.254s
6: Honda Dream RT Sakurai Honda, 2m07.895s
@courtesy of FIM EWC
All sessions results (Japanese)
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|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)|