Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha on provisional pole after Friday

Yamaha Factory Racing topped Friday's first qualifying for the 40th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours, with Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Michael van der Mark setting an average time of 2m07.116s.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha on provisional pole after Friday

Lowes was quickest of the trio on board the #21 Yamaha YZF-R1, lapping the legendary Japanese circuit in 2m06.779s during the morning session.

The Yoshimura Suzuki and HARC-Pro Honda squads were separated by just 0.015s in the battle for second, with the former’s #12 crew of Takuya Tsuda, Sylvain Guintoli and Josh Brookes holding the edge.

MotoGP star Jack Miller was the quickest of the HARC-Pro riders after clocking a time of 2m07.524s.

Leon Haslam, Kazuma Watanabe and Azlan Shah put the #11 Kawasaki Green outfit in fourth place, while the #5 FCC TSR Honda trio of Dominique Aegerter, Randy de Puniet and Josh Hook - substituting for Stefan Bradl - were the last of the runners to break the 2m07s barrier in fifth.

The #7 YART squad was second-best of the Yamahas in sixth ahead of the #71 Team Kagayama Suzuki.

Positions eight to 10 were occupied by Honda outfits, making it fives bikes from the Japanese manufacturer inside Saturday's top 10 qualifying shootout.

Top 10 qualifying results:

Pos.No.TeamRidersAvg Time
1 21 Yamaha Factory Racing Team

 Alex Lowes

 Katsuyuki Nakasuga

 Michael van der Mark

2m07.116s
2 12 Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing

 Takuya Tsuda

 Josh Brookes

 Sylvain Guintoli

2m07.553s
3 634 Musashi RT HARC-Pro Honda

 Jack Miller

 Takumi Takahashi

 Takaaki Nakagami

2m07.538s
4 11 Kawasaki Team Green

 Leon Haslam

 Kazuma Watanabe

 Azlan Shah

2m07.867s
5 5 F.C.C. TSR Honda

 Randy de Puniet

 Dominique Aegerter

 Josh Hook

2m07.919s
6 7 YART Yamaha

 Broc Parkes

 Marvin Fritz

 Kohta Nozane

2m08.176s
7 71 Team Kagayama

 Yukio Kagayama

 Hafiz Syahrin

 Naomichi Uramoto

2m08.553s
8 19 Moriwaki Motul Racing

 Yuki Takahashi

 Ryuichi Kiyonari

 Dan Linfoot

2m08.796s
9 25 Honda Suzuka Racing Team

 Daijiro Hiura

 Takashi Yasuda

 Yudai Kamei

2m08.984s
10 22 Honda Team Asia

 Dimas Ekky Pratama

 Ratthapong Wilairot

 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

2m09.295s

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