YART riders Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepa had been on strong form all weekend, carrying their Slovakia success with them to qualify their Yamaha YZF-R1 in fifth place and were comfortably on leading pace. An incident-strewn contest saw multiple safety cars called out, but the trio rode in determined fashion to hold first place before the retirement.
An impressive opening stint by Fritz moved the team into fourth, and before his first stop he had taken the lead within the one-hour mark. Teammate Parkes took over and continued to fight for the lead, pitting from his stint with Canepa assuming riding duties. The Italian rider engaged in some breathless racing to re-take the lead and continued rotating with his teammates in second place.
Fritz was lapping consistently in his third stint towards the end of the seventh-hour mark and the team looked set for a strong win, before a technical issue, forcing the team to retire.
Yamaha extended support teams had mixed fortunes in the race, with VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha and Moto Ain finishing third and fourth respectively, while WEPOL Racing and 3ART Moto Team 95 both retired.
The YART Yamaha EWC Team sit fifth in the standings and will return to racing at the final EWC round for the Suzuka 8 Hours in July.