YART ended the final day of testing ahead of this weekend’s 43rd Coca-Cola Suzuka Eight-Hours as the only team to set a time in the 2'06s bracket at a hot and humid circuit.
The Austrian squad also started the day as the only team to have set a sub-2'07s lap as the 2'06.684s lap, set by Karel Hanika, was posted in the first of the day’s five sessions. It was 0.86s ahead of the next quickest lap – a 2'07.539s set by Team HRC in that first outing.
In the day’s second session, Team HRC took a step closer with a 2'07.049s lap well over a second faster that YART’s best in that session.
Conditions remained hot and sticky throughout the day, with morning sightings of blue skies being overpowered by haze and grey for the afternoon, with moisture not only in the air but also gently making its presence known on track at the end of the afternoon too.
Fastest in the first of the three afternoon sessions was the #10 Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8H with a 2'07.157s, with YART again second quickest over the 60 minutes.
The #10 bike was again fastest in the fourth outing of the day, with EWC title-leading Yoshimura SERT Motul the second quickest this time, with a 2'08.344ss against the Kawasaki 2'07.761s.
For the final session of the day it was the #10 top again, with a 2'07.178s just over a tenth quicker than YART’s best to end the day, with Hanika’s combined best sectors also giving a lap in the 2'06s.
Teams now have an interlude of paperwork and housekeeping on Thursday before returning to track action on Friday with Free Practice starting at 08h20 local time.