Thursday at the inaugural Sepang 8 Hours endurance event began with Qualifying 1, where each rider took to the track for a 20-minute session as part of a 'blue', 'yellow' or 'red' group.

Qualifying 2 will take place at 14:30 local time, after which the top ten teams will progress to the Superpole-style Time Trial to decide pole position for Sunday's race.

The race, which is the second round of the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship, starts 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.

Sepang 8 Hours - Top 10 Qualifying 1 Results (Rider 'Blue')
PosRiders (Team)Time/Gap
1Morbidelli (Yamaha Sepang Racing)2m 3.907s
2Hook (F.C.C. TSR Honda France)+0.141s
3Guarnoni (WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE)+0.794s
4Rea (Wójcik Racing Team)+1.482s
5Kamaruzaman (BMW Sepang Racing)+2.220s
6Mykhalchyk (BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM)+2.382s
7Parkes (YART - YAMAHA)+2.390s
8Alt (VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES)+2.529s
9Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA)+2.702s
10Jezek (Team ERC Endurance)+2.982s

 

Sepang 8 Hours - Top 10 Qualifying 1 Results (Rider 'Yellow')
PosRiders (Team)Time/Gap
1Syahrin (Yamaha Sepang Racing)2m 4.854s
2Reiterberger (BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM)+0.745s
3de Puniet (Team ERC Endurance)+1.000s
4Bergman (Wójcik Racing Team)+1.118s
5Foret (F.C.C. TSR Honda France)+1.153s
6Nigon (WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE)+1.204s
7Marino (VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES)+1.229s
8Suchet (Bolliger Team Switzerland)+1.623s
9Norrodin (BMW Sepang Racing)+2.040s
10Masson (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team)+2.243s

 

Sepang 8 Hours - Top 10 Qualifying 1 Results (Rider 'Red')
PosRiders (Team)Time/Gap
1van der Mark (Yamaha Sepang Racing)2m 4.527s
2Canepa (YART - YAMAHA)+0.837s
3de Meglio (F.C.C. TSR Honda France)+0.856s
4Chantra (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA)+1.238s
5Simoen (VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES)+1.261s
6Rossi (Team ERC Endurance)+1.611s
7Hanika (MACO RACING Team)+2.010s
8Black (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team)+2.706s
9Da Costa (BMW Sepang Racing)+3.019s
10Morais (Team R2CL)+3.248s

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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