Live Suzuka 8hr Discussion
Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race: Special Stage 'Super-Pole' Session Confirms Grid
Top-Ten Set For 29th Running Of The Japanese Classic
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Takeshi Tsujimura & Shinichi Itoh FCC TSR ZIP-FM Racing Team Honda CBR1000RR 2:08.515
2 Ryuichi Kiyonari & Makoto Tamada Seven Stars Honda 7 Honda CBR1000RRW 2:08.560
3 Yoshiteru Konishi & Takashi Yasuda Toy Story HARC-PRO Honda Honda CBR1000RR 2:08.616
4 Yukuke Tejima & Gaku Kamada FCC TSR ZIP-FM Racing Team Honda CBR1000RR 2:08.851
5 Katsuyuki Nakasuga & Shinichi Nakatomi YSP & PRESTO Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 2:09.149
6 Atsushi Watanabe & Nobuatsu Aoki Yoshimura Suzuki With Jomo Suzuki GSXR1000 2:09.195
7 Colin Edwards & Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Blue Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 2:09.252
8 Osamu Deguchi & Tadayuki Okada Seven Stars Honda 11 Honda CBR1000RRW 2:09.487
9 Tatsuya Yamaguchi & Kazuki Tokudome Masked Rider Racing Honda CBR1000RR 2:10.137
10 Norihiko Fujiwara & Nobuyuki Ohsaki Team Challenger Yamaha YZF-R1 2:11.163
Here is you final grid (top ten) for Sunday's Suzuka 8-Hour endurance classic, with Takeshi Tsujimura & Shinichi Itoh, riding for the FCC TSR ZIP-FM Racing Team, in pole position following today's superpole style qualifying session. Itoh was the man to set the fastest time during the 'jump-up' stage.
Ryuichi Kiyonari & Makoto Tamada will start from second spot, the Seven Stars Honda 7 duo ending their run 0.045 seconds behind the leading red-machine partnership. BSB star Kiyonari was the rider who set the time aboard the full-factory Honda CBR1000RRW machine, with Tamada way off the pace.
Yoshiteru Konishi & Takashi Yasuda (Toy Story HARC-PRO Honda) are in third, HRC completing a clean sweep of the top four places on the grid with Yukuke Tejima & Gaku Kamada (FCC TSR ZIP-FM Racing Team)in fourth.
Former Suzuka 8-Hour winners, Colin Edwards and Nori Haga, will start from seventh on the grid for the Yamaha Blue Racing Team, 0.737 seconds in arrears of Tsujimura & Itoh, Edwards nailing the hot lap for the former Aprilia GP teamsters during the 'attack stage'.
The race is due off at 11.30am, local time, tomorrow (Sunday). The 29th Coca-Cola sponsored Suzuka event will no doubt be a Honda love-in unless the likes of Haga and Edwards can spoil the party in the land of the rising sun.
Press from today to follow, race results when they land.