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Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance's Tsuda Sets New Lap Record To Take Pole Position
Posted by: newsla on Jul 26, 2014 - 05:41 PM
Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance's Tsuda Sets New Lap Record To Take Pole Position At Suzuka 8 Hour

The Yoshimura Suzuki Shell ADVANCE team of Takuya Tsuda, Randy de Puniet and Josh Waters will start on pole position at the 37th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hour after Japanese rider Tsuda set a new unofficial lap record of 2’06.703 in today’s Top10 Trial.


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Tsuda’s superb lap was 0.391 seconds ahead of his closest rival, Monster Energy Yamaha YSP rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga, while F.C.C. TSR Honda’s Jonathan Rea was third quickest and the only other rider able to lap within one second of the pole-getting time.

The performance of Bridgestone’s tyres was clearly evident at the Suzuka Circuit with eight of the ten teams that qualified for the Top10 Trial using Bridgestone rubber. The Top10 Trial at the Suzuka 8 Hour sees the ten quickest teams from the provisional qualifying session choose two riders, each of which has one flying lap to set a time. By the end of the Top10 Trial, Bridgestone-supported teams filled the top five qualifying positions and despite the track temperature reaching 50°C, there was enough grip available from the Bridgestone tyres for Tsuda to smash the lap record.

Consistent pace is crucial to securing a good result at the Suzuka 8 Hour and as well as proving to be extremely quick over a single lap, excellent tyre durability resulted in Bridgestone-shod teams at the top of the timesheets during race simulations.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“It was a very exciting Top10 Trial today and we are very proud to have eight teams represented in the top-ten during qualifying. Congratulations to Tsuda-san and the Yoshimura Suzuki Shell ADVANCE team on their pole position and setting the quickest ever lap time at the Suzuka 8 Hour. All of the teams and riders we are supporting have done very well this weekend, especially considering the very hot and humid conditions. Our tyres are showing excellent performance and I hope that tomorrow we can share in our ninth successive victory at the Suzuka 8 Hour.”

The 37th Suzuka 8 Hour starts tomorrow at 1130 local time (GMT +9).

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