Yamaha Teams Gear Up for 8 Hours of Oschersleben
Following on from the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team’s victory at the last round of the 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship in Slovakia.read more
Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Max Neukirchner will be looking to make it two wins out of two at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben this weekend. The GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team made it a Yamaha 1-2 as they crossed the line in second at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring and the reigning champions head to Germany firmly in the hunt to defend their title in second overall, just one point behind the overall leaders.
It has been a season of ups and downs for the GMT94 team. Victory at the Bol d’Or was followed up by an excellent damage limitation exercise in Le Mans when the team managed to finish in tenth despite two major crashes. A stunning battle with YART in Slovakia saw them finish in second to record a Yamaha 1-2 and recover the points they lost from Le Mans, meaning they arrive in Germany second in the overall standings and just one point behind the leaders F.C.C. TSR Honda France.
Determined to record back-to-back titles, GMT94 will once again line up with Spanish endurance legend David Checa, former Italian MotoGP rider Niccolò Canepa, and 2008 125cc World Champion Mike Di Meglio taking on all-comers on the Yamaha YZF-R1. Winners of the 8 Hours of Oschersleben for the last three seasons in a row, they head to Germany looking to make it four out of four at what could prove to be a crucial penultimate round of the season in regards to the championship.
YART bounced back from two DNFs at the first two rounds of the season to take a sensation victory in Slovakia, their first since 2009, and are looking forward to riding at the team’s home race. Experienced Australian Broc Parkes, and talented Germans Marvin Fritz and Max Neukirchner make up the team once more as they look to carry this form into Germany. The team finished second in the race last year after a superb duel with the GMT94 boys and they will be looking to build on their scintillating pace at the last round in an effort to finish the 2017/2018 season as strongly as possible and head into the 2018/2019 as title favourites.
This weekend will also see the culmination of the 2017/2018 Superstock Championship, with the Moto AIN Yamaha Team currently third overall in the standings with 26 points, just ten behind the leaders, and the 3ART-MOTO Team 95 Yamaha squad in fourth with 24 points.
The action kicks off at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben with free practice starting on Wednesday, qualifying takes place on Thursday and Friday, with Saturday’s race due to start at 1 pm local time (CEST).