A two-hour wet opening Free Practice session for the Sepang 8 Hours took place late on Wednesday afternoon, after a dry private test from 9am-4pm.

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.

The opening round, September's Bol d'Or, was won by the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team while SRC Kawasaki France are the reigning EWC title holders.

MotoGP's Franco Morbidelli is competing for the home Sepang team, alongside fellow grand prix rider and local hero Hafizh Syahrin plus WorldSBK star Michael van der Mark. The squad are using factory bikes prepared by YART and fitted with Bridgestone tyres.

Syahrin put the Sepang team top of the timesheets in the wet...

Sepang 8 Hours - Free Practice (Day)
PosRiders (Team)Time/Gap
1Morbidelli/Syahrin/Van Der Mark (Yamaha Sepang Racing)2m 18.637s
2Guarnoni/Nigon/Checa (WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE)+0.133s
3Hook/Foray/Di Meglio (F.C.C. TSR Honda France)+0.550s
4Hoshino/Atsumi/Ishizuka (TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 BMW)+0.824s
5Parkes/Fritz/Canepa (YART - YAMAHA)+1.640s
6Hedelin/Masbou/Perret (TECMAS BMW GMC)+1.725s
7Kamaruzaman/Norrodin/Da Costa (BMW Sepang Racing)+1.908s
8Boulom/Gamarino/Manfredi (Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto)+2.476s
9Rea/Bergman/Maurin (Wójcik Racing Team)+3.111s
10Rolfo/Mulhauser/Clere (MOTO AIN)+3.149s
11Alt/Marino/Simeon (VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES)+4.147s
12Mykhalchyk/Reiterberger/Foray (BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM)+4.176s
13Lussiana/Berchet/Plancassagne (3ART- MOTO TEAM 95)+4.614s
14Scassa/Kemmer/Vitali (No Limits Motor Team)+4.943s
15Ježek/De Puniet/Rossi (Team ERC Endurance)+5.045s
16Thöni/Dangl/Walchhütter (Bertl K. Racing Team)+5.166s
17Sekiguchi/Sakai/Nagoe (TEAM PLUSONE)+5.177s
18Zaidi/Izdihar/Chantra (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA)+5.454s
19Westmoreland/Linfoot/Nigon (MOTORS EVENTS)+5.520s
20Philippe/Masson/Black (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team)+5.879s
21Loiseau/Hardt/Pilot (BMRT 3D MAXXESS NEVERS)+6.053s
22Kerschbaumer/Glöckner/Bijsterbosch (GERT56 by GS YUASA)+6.121s
23Debise/Okubo/ (National Motos)+6.238s
24Baggi/Boscoscuro/Rosso (Team Aviobike)+6.808s
25Techer/Denis/Enjolras (TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING)+6.862s
26Antiga/Tessels/Bonnot (Rac 41)+7.089s
27Szkopek/Pasek/Biesiekirski (Wójcik Racing Team 2)+7.385s
28Leblanc/Uramoto/Tsuda (SUZUKI JEG - KAGAYAMA)+7.534s
29Konno/Seller/Morais (Team R2CL)+7.808s
30Stamm/Suchet/Walraven (Bolliger Team Switzerland)+7.936s
31Fastré/Buchner/Godfrey (MOTOTECH EWC TEAM)+8.077s
32Sugai/Byrne/Burke (TEAM SUGAI RACING JAPAN)+8.246s
33Szkopek/Ellison/Hanika (MACO RACING Team)+8.396s
34Kodama/Tokudome/ (Team Kodama)+8.482s
35Sano/Okamura/Higashimura (TEAM HANSHIN RIDING SCHOOL)+8.913s
36Yanagawa/Ito/Izutsu (KRP SANYOKOUGYOU & will raise RS-ITOH)+9.403s
37Nekvasil/Bos/Friedrich (HRT 100 - Hertrampf Racing Endurance)+9.508s
38Napoli/Napoli/Pešek (ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91)+9.519s
39Dehaye/Ströhlein/Ortiz (Motobox Kremer Racing #65)+10.243s
40Stoll/Sarrabayrouse/Buisson (AM Moto Racing Competition)+10.346s
41Charpin/Diguet/Hugot (OG MOTORSPORT BY SARAZIN)+10.619s
42Badrul Hisam/Mhd Azmi/Ahmad Shamsul (PACHI HKM SPEED RACING)+10.941s
43Ooishi/Hirano/Krishnan (TransMapRacing with ACE CAFE)+11.274s
44Railton/Blackshaw/Edwards (British Endurance Racing Team)+11.492s
45Vincon/Bühn/Lewandowski (Team LRP Poland)+11.792s
46Fukuyama/Yoshida/Okuda (T.MOTOKIDS icu Takada I.W NAC SANYO)+12.537s
47Pellizotti/Granzottto/De La Rosa (PITLANE ENDURANCE)+12.755s
48Cronier/Cornut/Gucciardi (JMA MOTOS ACTION BIKE)+14.044s
49Creusot/Wang Chang/Parret (TEAM 202)+18.814s

Fastest Wednesday EWC Time:
FCC TSR Honda 2m 5.796s (Private Testing)

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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