The YART Yamaha EWC Team enjoyed a very successful two-day pre-season test this week at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, ahead of the 24-hour Bol D’Or race which will open the 2020 Endurance World Championship. Testing on 3-4 September, regular YART riders Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepa were joined on the YZF-R1 at the recently resurfaced Circuit Paul Ricard by Frenchman Loris Baz, standing in for Broc Parkes at the opening round while the Australian competes in the penultimate race of the Asia Road Racing Championship in Sepang.
A solid opening day on Tuesday saw the team top the timesheets comfortably with the #7 bike, with YART returnee Baz immediately on the pace and setting a lap of 1’54.601 to end the day fastest, 0.522 ahead of the second-placed team.
Wednesday saw lap times tumble even further. The team was once again in dominant form, with Canepa setting a blistering 1’54.154 lap that was not bettered all day, coming close to last year’s outright lap record of 1’54.007 set by Randy de Puniet. Fritz and Baz enjoyed another strong day to finish just a few tenths off their teammate’s time. After completing a clean sweep in the final pre-season test the team head to the first race of the season in promising form.
The teams now have less than three weeks to wait until the 2019/2020 EWC season commences with the Bol D’Or on 20-22 September at the Circuit Paul Ricard.