After a week of mixed weather in Le Castellet, the YART Yamaha team were eager to take to the 3.25-mile circuit as preparations continue for the Bol d’Or 24-hour. A wet opening practice saw YART finish in eighth before returning to the top positions as conditions improved in the night practice, ending the session a close second.
The challenging conditions would see qualifying a washout on Thursday, before YART returned to a sunny Paul Ricard on Friday for a final attack at pole position. Heading into the final sessions fourth on the timesheets, Niccolò Canepa got the team’s session underway setting an initial time of 1:53.529 putting him second quickest. Improvements in his second run saw the Italian jump 0.077s clear of his rivals.
Setting off on provisional pole, Marvin Fritz returned to the track and immediately put the R1 inside the top three. His best time of 1:53.261 put him second, but issues with traffic on his final run left the German unable to improve, ending his session eight tenths down in second place.
With one session to go, Karel Hanika stepped aboard the YART Yamaha and like his team-mates, instantly set a fast lap time. Sitting in first position as the session drew to a close, the Czech rider couldn’t improve upon his best time of 1:53.144 which left him second place in the red riders’ session.
The best efforts from all three riders left them with an average time of 1:53.177, which was good enough for second on the grid for tomorrow’s 24-hour race.
The VRD IGOL EXPÉRIENCES Yamaha team enjoyed a strong qualifying session. The team running Florian Alt, Florian Marino and Nicholas Terol rounded out the session in fifth place.
The Wójcik Racing Team rounded out the top ten after strong sessions from Gino Rea, Sheridan Morais and Dan Linfoot saw their time of 1:54.878 leave them in a strong position for the race. MOTO AIN and TEAM 18 SAPEURS POMPIERS CMS MOTOSTORE were 11th and 12th.
The Bol d’Or gets underway on Saturday 18th September with the morning warm-up at 11:30. The race kicks off Saturday afternoon with the flag dropping at 3pm CET.