The YART Yamaha EWC squad got their Bol d'Or weekend off to a flying start in the opening qualifying sessions on Thursday afternoon. With two sessions completed they led the way at the top of the timesheet, but the onset of rain disrupted the final two qualifying sessions with the result that it was impossible to establish a provisional starting grid.
The weather was more stable as Baz got this morning's qualifying underway in dry conditions. The Frenchman, who is standing in at the Bol d'Or for YART Yamaha regular, Broc Parkes, topped the timesheet in the 20-minute session by smashing the existing qualifying record with a time of 1'53.408.
Baz's performance was matched by his teammates, Fritz, Canepa and reserve rider, Hanika, all three of whom topped the timesheet in their respective 20-minute qualifying sessions, with Fritz and Canepa also under the previous lap record, to ensure that it will be the YART Yamaha YZF-R1 that will start tomorrow's race from pole position.
The 83rd edition of the Bol d'Or will get underway with the traditional Le Mans style start at 15.00 CEST tomorrow afternoon. As well as contending with the demands of racing over 24 hours, the YART Yamaha trio will have to deal with difficult weather conditions as well. The weather forecast for Le Castellet is currently promising heavy rain and winds of up to 80km/h on Saturday for the start of the race, followed by a heavy thunderstorm in the early hours of Sunday morning and intermittent rain thereafter. As a precaution, the team are using the dry conditions today to dismantle the YART Yamaha hospitality tent!