At the inaugural round of the 2019 Endurance World Championship (EWC) Sepang 8 Hours Endurance Race at Sepang International Circuit, Yamaha Sepang Racing, entered as a wildcard, qualified on top for Saturday’s race proper. With riders Franco Morbidelli, Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin and Michael Van Der Mark, Yamaha Sepang Racing took over all qualifying in an average best lap time of 2:04.527 on the #21 Yamaha YZF-R1.
Further cementing command for the upcoming EWC race at Sepang, Morbidelli, who currently rides for SIC Yamaha MotoGP team recorded a time of 2:04.647 from a single flying lap during the Top 10 Trial to start in pole position on Saturday with Somkiat Chantra of Honda Dream Racing with Showa in second and Josh Hook of F.C.C. TSR Honda France in third. The Trial is held for the fastest riders from the top 10 qualifying teams in order to determine pole position.
Qualifying second was Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike Di Meglio riding for F.C.C. TSR Honda France on the #5 Honda CBR1000RR with an average best of 2:05.146 while Broc Parkes, Fritz Marvin and Niccolo Canepa of YART-Yamaha on the #7 Yamaha YZF-R1 came in third with 2:05.830. Another Malaysian rider in this weekend’s EWC round, the last of the season, is Muhammad Zaqhwan Zaidi, riding for Honda Dream Racing with Showa on the #88 Honda CBR1000RR.
Meanwhile, BMW Sepang Racing, mounted on the #48 BMW S1000RR, qualified in 10th place with a start position of eighth on Saturday, set by Malaysian rider Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman. Azlan is joined by fellow Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin and and Julien Da Costa.
In the EWC Superstock (SST) class, Tone RT Syncedge 4413 BMW of Japan with riders Tomoya Hoshino, Kokoro Atsumi and Takeshi Ishizuka qualified first in class and 12th overall, riding a BMW S1000RR. In second and 13th overall for EWC SST qualifying were Roberto Rolfo, Robin Mulhasuer and Hugo Clere in the Moto Ain team on a Yamaha YZF-R1 while Gert56 by GS Yuasa with riders Stefan Kerschbaumer, Lucy Glockner and Pepijn BijsterBosch riding the BMW S1000RR
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