During the two-day test for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Heures Motos this week the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team dominated the time sheets with their four official riders on track.
The focus of the Austrian team was to get to grips with the resurfaced Bugatti circuit as well as the development of the partnership with Bridgestone – the official tyre supplier in 2017.
Aboard their YZF-R1 machine with Bridgestone tyres the riders Broc Parkes, Kohta Nozane, Marvin Fritz and Max Neukirchner put in several racing simulations as well as shorter stints to focus on outright performance.
The dry conditions during the test helped the team set the overall fastest time on the second day of 1’36.866. A clear indication that the efforts of the team and its partners are working towards even faster times during the qualifying sessions.
GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team with Mike Di Meglio, Niccolò Canepa and David Checa enjoyed a positive test overall. The double World Championship winning squad have been further developing the YZF-R1 from the Bol d’Or in 2016 and have worked on the overall performance and endurance.
With the focus on race simulation and the challenging conditions the Le Mans 24HR faces, the team tested the various new parts and Dunlop tyres brought to the test.
Testing from 9am onwards proved to be the ideal setting to test the various track temperatures and find the right compounds for the race. With all riders putting in various race simulation stints both teams managed to complete a significant amount of laps in total.
The 24 Hours Motos race will start on Saturday 15th of April at 15:00 CET with on-track activities getting underway from Thursday April 13th onwards.
YART Yamaha Official EWC Team
For us it was the perfect test. We managed to put in a lot of laps, possibly the most of all teams attending. The times we managed to set where fast but Broc was amazing. Considering that it was the first time on track for both Marvin and Kohta, they where only a few tenths slower and fast from the start. We also found a very good suspension setting. In combination with the great support from Bridgestone and YEC, we tested a wide variety of compounds and found the best tyre for the race. Not only for the warmer conditions but also in the cold. The team as a whole is really great. We all have the same goals and ambitions, it feels like a proper family!
YART Yamaha Official EWC Team Manager
We are very happy with the results of the tests. All four riders have the speed and the consistency. Kohta Nozane and Marvin Fritz are getting to grips with the track lay-out and are doing well but this is a team effort and all riders are contributing to the result these two days. We did not take any risks overall but still the lap-times where incredibly fast, very close to the lap record set by Sheridan Morais last year on our YZF-R1. The support of Bridgestone and the Yamaha engineers is clearly paying off and we are very confident for the 24 Hour Le Mans race.
GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team Manager
Overall it was a positive test for us. We have done a lot of work on the bike compared to last year and made a clear step forward. With the resurfaced track our main goal was not to focus on lap times but overall race and tyre performance. The suspension package we have from Ôhlins is really good, the same for the electronics, although we made some improvements there as well. The riders are very easy to work with. Mike Di Meglio is a very good addition to the team. Niccolò Canepa and David Checa are very strong and solid riders. We have a lot of pleasure and are very motivated. A dream team!