YART Yamaha End Drought with Perfect 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring Victory

After a dry spell of several years that have seen the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team denied victory on many occasions, today saw a change in fortune as riders Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Max Neukirchner took a decisive win at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring in Slovakia. Fellow Yamaha riders GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC’s David Checa, Mike Di Meglio and Niccolò Canepa joined YART in being a class above the competition, keeping the pressure on to wrap up the 8 hour endurance race in second position and lockout a Yamaha one-two.

The Slovakia ring is a circuit that suits the YART Yamaha YZF-R1, the team performed strongly there in 2017 and had looked favourites for the win until it was not to be. This year, they came even more determined to out ride any potential bad luck and accept nothing less than a victory. Australian Parkes took the start from second on the grid, and was almost immediately hit with a threat to victory as an electronic issue meant traction and wheelie control were out of action. The team worked hard through the repeated pit stops to try and re-set the bike but were finally able to ride above, Parkes, Fritz and Neukirchner giving the ride of their career to deliver the win, without the added electronic support. The only competition to come close were fellow Yamaha riders GMT94, though a different pit stop strategy gave YART the edge and the well deserved win.

Starting from fourth on the grid, GMT94 Yamaha were quickly able to find their way inside the top three where they remained a permanent presence, climbing then to second as the only team able to really match YART’s race pace for the race duration. The combination of a slightly different pitstop strategy and a hold up with the safety car in the later stages of the race ultimately meant second place on the podium was the only option. With Slovakia being one of the more challenging tracks for the team, the result is extremely positive, bringing GMT94 firmly up to second place, just one point behind their rivals for the championship title.