SUZUKI SETS THE PACE AT OSCHERSLEBEN WEC2012-08-09 13:05
World Champions SERT has set the provisional fastest lap time during the opening practice session for the fourth round of the Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben in Germany today.
Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Yukio Kagayama put the French team's GSX-R1000 on a provisional pole position with a lap of 1'27.650 on the 3.6km circuit near Magdeburg in the north of the country; a fraction ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha's Igor Jerman, Steve Martin and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.
Third is BMW Motorrad France - Sébastien Gimbert, Damian Cudlin and Erwan Nigon - just ahead of Yamaha France GMT94, which has signed-up Gwen Giabbani from the Monster YART squad to replace injured Matthieu Lagrive for the race and joining team regulars David Checa and Kenny Foray.
SERT's closest rivals in the series, Honda TT Legends' riders Cameron Donald, John McGuinness and Jason O'Halloran, are in fifth position just ahead of Suzuki's top Superstock team; Qatar Endurance Racing Team (QERT) whose riders Anthony West, Nina Prinz and Nasser Al Malki posted a fastest lap of 1'28.871.
Tomorrow (Friday) will see all 31 teams take part in the first qualifying sessions, starting at 12:00hrs local time. Saturday's Oschersleben 8-Hour race is scheduled to start at 14:00 hrs.
Live timing is available on the FIM Website: www.fim-live.com
Oschersleben Free Practice Times: 1 SERT (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 1:27.650, 2 Monster Energy YART (Yamaha) 1:27.665, 3 BMW Motorrad France (BMW) 1:27.793, 4 Yamaha France GMT94 (Yamaha) 1:28.352, 5 Honda TT Legends (Honda) 1:28.557, 6 QERT (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 1:28.871, 7 Starteam 67 Lucas (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 1:29.001, 8 Bolliger Team Switzerland (Kawasaki) 1:29.033, 9 Open Pegase Racing (BMW) 1:29.587, 10 Endurance Moto Center (Kawasaki) 1:29.589.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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