Yamaha flat out in bid for hat-trick

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Yamaha have dom­i­nated Suzuka for two years and are aim­ing for a hat-trick in 2017.

For­mer Honda dou­ble win­ner Michael van der Mark joins his Pata Yamaha WSB team-mate and 2016 win­ner Alex Lowes this year, along­side reign­ing Ja­panese Su­per­bike cham­pion Kat­suyuki Naka­suga.

And, de­spite bat­tling jet­lag af­ter fly­ing straight from the La­guna Seca WSB round to test the R1 at Suzuka last week, for­mer BSB cham­pion Lowes says that his first im­pres­sions of this year’s bike were pos­i­tive.

“The first day was a bit dif­fi­cult be­cause we came straight from Amer­ica, but it’s been a good test. We fin­ished with a race stint sim­u­la­tion and felt strong. Our lap times were re­ally con­sis­tent. Now I’m look­ing to­ward the race.”

His pos­i­tiv­ity was echoed by van der Mark, who was left feel­ing very pos­i­tive at the way the team was work­ing to­gether.

He said: “To be hon­est we didn’t change a lot with the bike, which is good. On the fi­nal day we did a long run, and it’s good to con­firm that the bike works for the three of us. We were re­ally fast and con­sis­tent. Of course the race is dif­fer­ent but it’s good that we all have a good feel­ing with the bike and there were no big prob­lems. I’m happy to fin­ish the test and look­ing for­ward to the race.

“For the 8-Hour it’s not only the bike set-up but also team­work that’s re­ally im­por­tant, and we al­ready have a good at­mos­phere in the team. It’s nice; ev­ery­body seems re­laxed and con­fi­dent.

“Of course when the race week­end ar­rives, there is al­ways a lit­tle bit more pres­sure, but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the race.”

Yamaha have drafted in WSB stars Lowes and van der Mark

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