Both YART Yamaha riders were well in the mix once again in the morning’s Free Practice 3 session, with Fritz going seventh fastest while Hanika was ninth, ahead of WorldSBK race-winners and former championship contenders.
In the Superpole session, German rider Fritz was only able to marginally improve on his FP3 time, which was still good enough for 12th on the grid. At the start, the 28-year-old had difficulty getting off the line and dropped to 15th, but began making his way back up the order, as a number of riders crashed on the tricky Czech circuit. Fritz eventually crossed the line in 10th, seeing him pick up six world championship points.
On the other side of the garage, local star Hanika qualified just 0.085s behind his teammate and lined up 13th for the race. At the start, the 25-year-old found himself down in 17th in the frenetic opening lap, but managed to make his way back into 15th by lap three. After setting a lap time of 1'33.715 – on par with the top six runners – Hanika then fell at Turn 1 and could not continue.
With a race experience behind them, the YART Yamaha team will be hoping to have both riders inside the points come tomorrow, with the Superpole Race and Race 2 getting underway at 11:00 (GMT+2) and 15:15 respectively.
For full Superpole results, click here.
For full Race 1 results, click here.