Sunday got off to a strong start for YART Yamaha rider Marvin Fritz, who went sixth fastest in the morning Warm Up. The German got a much better start in the Superpole Race compared to Race 1, climbing from his 12th place starting position to run 11th after the opening stages. On lap seven, the 28-year-old dropped back to 12th after his rear tyre moved off the rim, which is where he went onto finish.
In Race 2, Fritz lost five places to run 17th as the field filed through the first section, after being hit by another bike. He was able to climb back to 15th by the end of the first lap and with a third of the 22-lap race completed, the 2016 IDM Superbike Champion had made his way up to 12th. Unfortunately, Fritz lost the front at Turn 2 on lap 14, but was able to pick himself up and finish the race in 19th.
Teammate Karel Hanika tested the altered race set-up in the Warm Up and after some initial difficulties was able to find a good balance. However, the Czech rider encountered a clutch problem in the Superpole Race and recorded a DNF.
With the problem fixed for Race 2, the 25-year-old made his best start yet, and was challenging for 11th going into the Turn 1, but was caught up in the first corner incident, having to run through the gravel which put him several seconds behind in last place. Hanika made his way back through and eventually finished 18th.
While Sunday’s results were disappointing, the YART Yamaha team’s wildcard WorldSBK event was a success overall, and Fritz and Hanika demonstrated the speed of their modified EWC-spec Yamaha R1 bikes throughout the weekend.
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