Test Day 2
EWC 2024
Round 3

Team HRC with Japan Post Fourth Fastest Again in Day 2 of Tests

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On Thursday June 20, the second day of test sessions organized by Suzuka Circuit was held at Suzuka Circuit in preparation for the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race (Suzuka 8 Hours).

Team HRC with Japan Post Fourth Fastest Again in Day 2 of Tests

The 40 participating teams were once again divided into groups A and B. For each group, an 80-minute Session 5 in the morning, and a 90-minute Session 6 in the afternoon was allocated.

In Session 5, Team HRC with Japan Post (Takumi Takahashi / Teppei Nagoe / Johann Zarco) set the 5th fastest lap with 2 min 06.671s. Honda DREAM RT Sakurai Honda (Kazuki Ito / Daijiro Hiura) was 7th fastest with 2 min 07.190s.

SDG Team HARC-PRO. Honda (Yuki Kunii / Naomichi Uramoto / Mario Aji) was 9th fastest with 2 min 07.639s, Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing (Kohta Nozane / Kosuke Sakumoto /Pasawit Thitivararak) was 10th for the session with 2 min 07,677s.

In Session 6, Team HRC with Japan Post was 4th fastest with 2 min 06.385s, and Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing improved its time and was 9th with 2 min 07.303s.

Team HRC with Japan Post’s Zarco conducted a long run, and although he left the track at one point, set average times that were better than expected. Nagoe also went on a long run, and set the best average time for the tests so far. Takahashi concentrated on overcoming issues, and succeeded in finding a positive direction for improving the bike’s setup.

From here, Team HRC with Japan Post will continue to prepare for the race using other teams’s times as benchmarks.

Takahashi’s best lap time was 2 min 08.490s, Nagoe’s was 2 min 06.385s, and Zarco’s was 2 min 06.671s.

Overall, Team HRC with Japan Post was 4th fastest with a best lap time of 2 min 06.385s. Honda Dream RT Sakurai Honda was 9th with 2 min 07.190s, and Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing was 10th with 2 min 07.303s.

SDG Team HARC-PRO. Honda was 12th with 2 min 07.639s, TOHO Racing (Ryuichi Kiyonari / Kazuki Watanabe/ Ikuhiro Enokido) was 15th with 2 min 07.774s, Team ATJ with docomo business (Satoru Iwata / Kouki Suzuki / Yuta Okaya) were 18th with 2 min 07.936s, and Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Astemo (Md Zaqhwan Bin Zaidi / Andi Farid Izdihar / Nakarin Atiratphuvapat) was 29th with 2 min 08.357s.

Takumi Takahashi
Takumi Takahashi 30
Team HRC with Japan Post
On Day 2, I only did two or three laps. Due to the limits on the number of tires, our objective in these tests was to have Zarco learn the track, improve his average times, and get a feel for the pace. I think we did that. The temperature was cooler today, much cooler than we expected, but I think we were able to check what we wanted to. Even though I did not get many laps in to test the bike, I was left with a positive impression. I will work on fine tuning the bike during race weekend.

Teppei Nagoe
Teppei Nagoe 30
Team HRC with Japan Post
Due to the limit on the number of tires, I did not ride in the morning session, but in the afternoon I was allowed to do a long run, and I think we were able to make progress as I could keep the pace up toward the end. We have been able to do long runs at every test, and a 27 lap stint is becoming less and less of a challenge to me. I heard that Takahashi worked on the bike and found a good direction, and I think we are improving overall. I was given concise advice, and I feel that I have grown as a person. I hope to show the results of my efforts in the race.

Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco 30
Team HRC with Japan Post
I was able to learn the track by riding a lot during these two days. Takahashi is very fast, so I tried to learn from him and keep as much as possible. I think we had a really enjoyable test. MotoGP races last about 40 minutes, but a Suzuka 8 Hours stint lasts an hour. I had never raced for such a long time before. I was nervous on Day 1 because it was all new to me, but gradually I became more relaxed and could ride better. I think I will be able to ride better in the race. I will have MotoGP races between now and the Suzuka 8 Hours, but I will try to keep this feeling as long as possible so that I don’t forget, and come back to Suzuka.

Yuki Kunii
Yuki Kunii 73
SDG Team HARC-PRO. Honda
I think it was good that everyone was able to spend a lot of time on the bike for the past two days. As we refined the machine, all three of us were able to find enough confidence in the bike to go on long runs today, so I take that as a positive. I’m disappointed about the red flag in the morning as I didn’t have a good feel for the bike yet, but I think it was good for me physically and emotionally to be able to do a 27-lap long run in the afternoon, despite some mechanical issues. All three of us have good pace, so if we can bring this out in the race, I think we will be able to achieve good results. I have high expectations.

Naomichi Uramoto
Naomichi Uramoto 73
SDG Team HARC-PRO. Honda
The bike became easier to ride and all three of us were able to do long runs, so I think we were able to complete the test items we had planned. We still have to work on improving average times, so I hope to have more meetings with the team and work on them for the race weekend. Since I have been racing in Spain recently, the Suzuka 8 Hours is the only race for me in Japan. So to me, the Suzuka 8 Hours is special. We will do our best with all our energy, and hope everyone will support us!

Mario Aji
Mario Aji 73
SDG Team HARC-PRO. Honda
Since yesterday, we have been working on the settings and have been able to achieve consistent laps. Today, we had an issue in the morning session and could not finish our race simulation, but the bike was faster and the overall results were positive. We will do our best in the race, so I hope you all enjoy the race and give us your support!

Md Zaqhwan Bin Zaidi
Md Zaqhwan Bin Zaidi 88
Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Astemo
I injured my right hand during the Asian Road Racing Championship and was unable to participate in the first public test, but I had heard good impressions of the bike from my two teammates. We did a lot of work, collected data, and spent a lot of time setting up the bike to solve the issues for the race. Both Andi and Nakarin were able to set better times than last year, and all three of us had the same feeling. With a month to go until race weekend, I will do my best to get in shape, perfect the bike, and work with all the riders to set faster times than last year so that we can finish in the top 5.

Andi Farid Izdihar
Andi Farid Izdihar 88
Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Astemo
The bike felt good throughout the tests. Although track conditions were difficult for everyone yesterday with low grip, today was better.  I went on a long run today, and the bike performed well. All three of us were able to confirm fuel consumption with the final race setup. All three of us also went on long runs, preparing us better for the race. In endurance racing, good pace and no mistakes are vital. Our goal is high, and were aiming for a top 5 finish.

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat
Nakarin Atiratphuvapat 88
Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Astemo
I have ridden 1000 cc bikes in the Asia Road Racing Championship. This year is my second year in the Suzuka 8 Hours, and I am confident in my ability to ride the 1000 cc bike. In this test, I was able to do a long run. I managed to improve my lap times by riding with Andi’s settings, and set consistent times. In the race, I will cooperate with everyone and aim for the top 5!

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