The 1.5-hour night Free Practice session concluded the Wednesday action at the inaugural Sepang 8 Hours EWC event.

After dry private testing from 9am-4pm, rain arrived in opening Free Practice from 4:30pm-6:30pm and the track remained damp for the following night session.

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. This evening was Morbidelli's first experience of EWC-style night riding...

The fastest times of the day were all set in the private test - CLICK HERE for the full results...

Sepang 8 Hours - Free Practice (Night)
PosRiders (Team)Time/Gap
1Zaidi/Izdihar/Chantra (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA)2m 12.359s
2Guarnoni/Nigon/Checa (WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE)+0.390s
3Rea/Bergman/Maurin (Wójcik Racing Team)+1.189s
4Alt/Marino/Simeon (VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES)+1.761s
5Philippe/Masson/Black (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team)+2.426s
6Morbidelli/Syahrin/Van Der Mark (Yamaha Sepang Racing)+3.328s
7Sekiguchi/Sakai/Nagoe (TEAM PLUSONE)+3.419s
8Kamaruzaman/Norrodin/Da Costa (BMW Sepang Racing)+4.393s
9Boulom/Gamarino/Manfredi (Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto)+4.740s
10Ježek/De Puniet/Rossi (Team ERC Endurance)+5.141s
11Hook/Foray/Di Meglio (F.C.C. TSR Honda France)+5.181s
12Kodama/Tokudome/ (Team Kodama)+5.375s
13Yanagawa/Ito/Izutsu (KRP SANYOKOUGYOU & will raise RS-ITOH)+5.642s
14Parkes/Fritz/Canepa (YART - YAMAHA)+5.891s
15Stamm/Suchet/Walraven (Bolliger Team Switzerland)+6.303s
16Hoshino/Atsumi/Ishizuka (TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 BMW)+6.794s
17Leblanc/Uramoto/Tsuda (SUZUKI JEG - KAGAYAMA)+6.925s
18Vincon/Bühn/Lewandowski (Team LRP Poland)+6.933s
19Dehaye/Ströhlein/Ortiz (Motobox Kremer Racing #65)+7.000s
20Scassa/Kemmer/Vitali (No Limits Motor Team)+7.058s
21Thöni/Dangl/Walchhütter (Bertl K. Racing Team)+7.064s
22Rolfo/Mulhauser/Clere (MOTO AIN)+7.370s
23Hedelin/Masbou/Perret (TECMAS BMW GMC)+7.488s
24Szkopek/Ellison/Hanika (MACO RACING Team)+7.623s
25Fukuyama/Yoshida/Okuda (T.MOTOKIDS icu Takada I.W NAC SANYO)+8.304s
26Stoll/Sarrabayrouse/Buisson (AM Moto Racing Competition)+8.739s
27Techer/Denis/Enjolras (TATI TEAM BEAUJOLAIS RACING)+8.998s
28Debise/Okubo/ (National Motos)+9.037s
29Badrul Hisam/Mhd Azmi/Ahmad Shamsul (PACHI HKM SPEED RACING)+9.339s
30Baggi/Boscoscuro/Rosso (Team Aviobike)+9.439s
31Loiseau/Hardt/Pilot (BMRT 3D MAXXESS NEVERS)+9.455s
32Ooishi/Hirano/Krishnan (TransMapRacing with ACE CAFE)+9.669s
33Antiga/Tessels/Bonnot (Rac 41)+9.965s
34Mykhalchyk/Reiterberger/Foray (BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM)+10.314s
35Fastré/Buchner/Godfrey (MOTOTECH EWC TEAM)+10.426s
36Sugai/Byrne/Burke (TEAM SUGAI RACING JAPAN)+10.449s
37Westmoreland/Linfoot/Nigon (MOTORS EVENTS)+10.498s
38Nekvasil/Bos/Friedrich (HRT 100 - Hertrampf Racing Endurance)+10.578s
39Pellizotti/Granzottto/De La Rosa (PITLANE ENDURANCE)+10.612s
40Kerschbaumer/Glöckner/Bijsterbosch (GERT56 by GS YUASA)+11.563s
41Szkopek/Pasek/Biesiekirski (Wójcik Racing Team 2)+12.207s
42Charpin/Diguet/Hugot (OG MOTORSPORT BY SARAZIN)+12.574s
43Lussiana/Berchet/Plancassagne (3ART- MOTO TEAM 95)+12.622s
44Napoli/Napoli/Pešek (ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91)+12.931s
45Konno/Seller/Morais (Team R2CL)+13.731s
46Sano/Okamura/Higashimura (TEAM HANSHIN RIDING SCHOOL)+14.512s
47Railton/Blackshaw/Edwards (British Endurance Racing Team)+15.702s
48Cronier/Cornut/Gucciardi (JMA MOTOS ACTION BIKE)+16.065s
49Creusot/Wang Chang/Parret (TEAM 202)+21.233s
50Shinjo/Nakamura/Matsumoto (Yamashina Kawasaki KEN Racing & Auto Race UBE)+1m 51.770ss

Fastest Wednesday 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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