2018 Suzuka 8 Hours Friday Results

Rennie Scaysbrook | July 27, 2018

2018 Suzuka 8 Hours Friday Results.—Kawasaki Team Green’s Jonathan Rea put in a stunning performance on Friday to take the provisional pole position for the 2018 Suzuka 8 Hours.

The current, triple WorldSBK Champion unleashed a stunning 2:05.168, smashing the previous mark set by former race winner Pol Espargaro in 2015 of 2:06.000.

2018 Suzuka 8 Hours Friday Results

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Rea was absolutely flying at Suzuka, blitzing the old lap record for provisional pole.

Rea and teammates Leon Haslam and Kazuma Watanabe took the top spot ahead of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s defending Suzuka champions Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes, and Michael van der Mark, with Red Bull Honda with Japan Post (Takumi Takahashi, Takaaki Nakagami and PJ Jacobsen) taking third place on the provisional grid.

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Championship leaders F.C.C Honda France (5) will start from 12th. The Yamaha Factory Racing squad (21) made it into the top 10 shootout in second.

Fourth is held by Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing (Takuya Tsuda, Sylvain Guintoli, and Bradley Ray).  Musashi RT Harc-Pro Honda (Dominique Aegerter, Ryo Mizuno, and Randy de Puniet) round out the top five.

The Yamaha Austria Racing Team of (Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz, and Takuya Fujita) are the fastest full-time EWC  team in eighth place. Title leaders F.C.C. TSR Honda France (Josh Hook, Alan Techer, and Freddy Foray) will start from 12th.

The top 10 will now go into a one-lap shootout in the Suzuka 8 Hour Top 10 Trial to determine the final grid positions.

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Katsuyuki Nakasuga leads Leon Haslam during Friday’s action.

The 41st Suzuka 8 Hours will be flagged off at 11.30am local time (GMT+9) this Sunday, with a night-time finish scheduled for 7.30pm.

Follow the race on the website fimewc.com, via the live timing http://www.fimewc.com/live-timing, on Facebook, Twitter and the new FIM EWC mobile app for iOS and Android.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.