Track action at the inaugural 2019 Sepang 8 Hours Endurance World Championship event began with a private testing session from 9am-4pm on Wednesday.

A two-hour Free Practice will now be held before the Wednesday action concludes with a night Free Practice, from 7:30pm-9pm.

Qualifying takes place on Thursday, with the race - the second round of the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship - starting at 1pm on Saturday.

MotoGP's Franco Morbidelli is competing for the home Sepang team, alongside fellow grand prix rider Hafizh Syahrin and WorldSBK star Michael van der Mark.

The Sepang team was a close second fastest to TSR Honda during the private testing...

Sepang 8 Hours - Private Testing
PosRiders (Team)Time/Gap
1Hook/Foray/Di Meglio (F.C.C. TSR Honda France)2m 5.796s
2Morbidelli/Syahrin/Van Der Mark (Yamaha Sepang Racing)+0.010s
3Mykhalchyk/Reiterberger/Foray (BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM)+0.265s
4Parkes/Fritz/Canepa (YART - YAMAHA)+0.544s
5Zaidi/Izdihar/Chantra (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA)+0.903s
6Alt/Marino/Simeon (VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES)+1.594s
7Guarnoni/Nigon/Checa (WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE)+1.676s
8Ježek/De Puniet/Rossi (Team ERC Endurance)+2.315s
9Szkopek/Ellison/Hanika (MACO RACING Team)+2.448s
10Kamaruzaman/Norrodin/Da Costa (BMW Sepang Racing)+2.486s
11Rolfo/Mulhauser/Clere (MOTO AIN)+2.548s
12Stamm/Suchet/Walraven (Bolliger Team Switzerland)+2.554s
13Rea/Bergman/Maurin (Wójcik Racing Team)+2.810s
14Thöni/Dangl/Walchhütter (Bertl K. Racing Team)+2.982s
15Techer/Denis/Enjolras (TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING)+3.017s
16Boulom/Gamarino/Manfredi (Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto)+3.052s
17Westmoreland/Linfoot/Nigon (MOTORS EVENTS)+3.203s
18Philippe/Masson/Black (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team)+3.244s
19Hoshino/Atsumi/Ishizuka (TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 BMW)+3.420s
20Leblanc/Uramoto/Tsuda (SUZUKI JEG - KAGAYAMA)+3.593s
21Yanagawa/Ito/Izutsu (KRP SANYOKOUGYOU & will raise RS-ITOH)+3.635s
22Scassa/Kemmer/Vitali (No Limits Motor Team)+3.725s
23Konno/Seller/Morais (Team R2CL)+3.891s
24Hedelin/Masbou/Perret (TECMAS BMW GMC)+3.982s
25Lussiana/Berchet/Plancassagne (3ART- MOTO TEAM 95)+4.214s
26Baggi/Boscoscuro/Rosso (Team Aviobike)+4.240s
27Kerschbaumer/Glöckner/Bijsterbosch (GERT56 by GS YUASA)+4.401s
28Loiseau/Hardt/Pilot (BMRT 3D MAXXESS NEVERS)+4.512s
29Antiga/Tessels/Bonnot (Rac 41)+4.667s
30Fastré/Buchner/Godfrey (MOTOTECH EWC TEAM)+4.759s
31Vincon/Bühn/Lewandowski (Team LRP Poland)+4.769s
32Sekiguchi/Sakai/Nagoe (TEAM PLUSONE)+5.231s
33Charpin/Diguet/Hugot (OG MOTORSPORT BY SARAZIN)+5.366s
34Pellizotti/Granzottto/De La Rosa (PITLANE ENDURANCE)+5.565s
35Napoli/Napoli/Pešek (ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91)+5.596s
36Stoll/Sarrabayrouse/Buisson (AM Moto Racing Competition)+5.668s
37Kodama/Tokudome/ (Team Kodama)+5.863s
38Sano/Okamura/Higashimura (TEAM HANSHIN RIDING SCHOOL)+6.077s
39Railton/Blackshaw/Edwards (British Endurance Racing Team)+6.491s
40Nekvasil/Bos/Friedrich (HRT 100 - Hertrampf Racing Endurance)+6.580s
41Shinjo/Nakamura/Matsumoto (Yamashina Kawasaki KEN Racing & Auto Race UBE)+6.588s
42Cronier/Cornut/Gucciardi (JMA MOTOS ACTION BIKE)+6.854s
43Dehaye/Ströhlein/Ortiz (Motobox Kremer Racing #65)+6.878s
44Ooishi/Hirano/Krishnan (TransMapRacing with ACE CAFE)+6.917s
45Juda/Novosel/Kovács (Extéria KSPCS Racing Team by EKO)+7.359s
46Sugai/Byrne/Burke (TEAM SUGAI RACING JAPAN)+7.378s
47Szkopek/Pasek/Biesiekirski (Wójcik Racing Team 2)+7.605s
48Creusot/Wang Chang/Parret (TEAM 202)+7.951s
49Fukuyama/Yoshida/Okuda (T.MOTOKIDS icu Takada I.W NAC SANYO)+8.685s

For comparison…

Official Sepang WorldSBK records:
Best lap:
Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki 2m 2.246s (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki 2m 3.637s (2016)

Official Sepang MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 58.303s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha 1m 59.661s (2019)
 

 

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