1st Official Testing Session

  • Red Bull Honda Stays On Top with Fastest Time in Joint Test Day 2

    Red Bull Honda maintained their top spot by setting the fastest lap in Day 2 of the first official joint test for one of summer's biggest festivals, the 42nd "Coca-Cola" Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race.


Red Bull Honda Stays On Top with Fastest Time in Joint Test Day 2

SUZUKA Circuit, Japan, July 10, 2019

Day 2 of the first official joint test for one of summer's biggest festivals, the 42nd "Coca-Cola" Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race (Suzuka 8 Hours), got underway in cloudy conditions, which later gave way to sunshine and a 45℃ track. For teams expecting scorching conditions for the Suzuka 8 Hours this was not hot enough, but tests got underway on a dry track nonetheless. 

Takumi Takahashi and Stefan Bradl were in the pits for Red Bull Honda (#33). For MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. Honda (#634), all three riders, Ryo Mizuno, Xavi Forés, and Dominique Aegerter were on hand, as were F.C.C. TSR Honda France (#1) regular riders for the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), Freddie Foray, Josh Hook and Mike di Meglio.

The 40-minute Session 4 started at 9:00 am with teams divided into two groups, A and B. Session 5 was conducted in a similar format, but Session 6 was longer, starting a 2:00 pm and running for 90 minutes.

Takumi Takahashi marked the fastest overall lap with 2 min 6s139, continuing his fine form. Takahashi, who holds the Suzuka Circuit lap record of 2 min 3s, never satisfied with being just good enough, continued to find a better bike setup. Bradl concentrated on distance and consistency, his best lap at 2 min 8s. He is well capable, however, of lapping at 2 min 6s, which he proved during his audition. Red Bull Honda is well on their way to evolving even more.

The third fastest time of the day went to Mizuno with 2 min 6s276. Although giving a large amount of track time to his teammates Forés and Aegerter, Mizuno shows rapid development as an endurance rider, and leads the team in speed. Forés fell during a long stint during Session 6, but was not injured, and will not affect tests on Day 3 for MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. Honda.

Hook displayed extraordinary speed by setting the 4th fastest lap of the day, 2 min 6s789, despite having only a few laps to do so. di Miglio was 5th with 2 min 7s409, Foray improved his time to 2 min 8s, and F.C.C. TSR Honda France were on track for a serious shot at winning the race.

au Teluru SAG RT (#090) are represented by JRR JSB1000 rider Kosuke Akiyoshi, Taiga Hada, and MotoGP Moto2 rider Tetsuta Nagashima, who arrived in Suzuka on evening of the 9th after racing in MotoGP Round 9 in Germany, and was already on the track the following morning. His best lap was 2 min 7s917, 11th fastest overall. according to Nagashima, this lap time was set during a "semi-long run" and he was going to improve his pace.

Honda Suzuka Racing Team (#25, Yudai Kamei / Daijiro Hiura / Jun Tadokoro) was 16th fastest, with 2 min 8s326. Further back in 20th place was Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (#22), setting a 2 min 9s266 lap. Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) riders Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (ASB1000 class) and Andi Farid Izdihar (SS600 class) were to be joined by Moto2 rider Somkiat Chantra, but last minute injuries mean the team will have to find their third rider. KYB MORIWAKI RACING (#19), 23rd fastest for the day, have Yuki Takahashi and Tomoyoshi Koyama, and were in search of a third rider. JRR ST600 rider Yuto Sano and Australian Superbike Championship rider Troy Herfoss were contenders for the spot, which was won by Herfoss after being auditioned. Honda DREAM RT Sakurai Honda (#72) was 24th fastest with 2 min 9s744. Team riders Somo Hadahara and Shinichi Ito will be joined by JRR J-GP2 rider Kosuke Sakumoto, who's enthusiasm was clear to see when he on on track.

#33 Red Bull Honda

#33 Red Bull Honda



Takumi Takahashi | Red Bull Honda (#33)

"There is no "satisfactory" bike setup, but I want to get the bike as close as possible to what I would be happy with. I'm faster than last year, but I was to shave even 1/10th of a second off. And since there are three riders, not one, we have to be in sync. Anything could happen during the race, but if nothing goes wrong, I'm confident we'll do well."

Stefan Bradl | Red Bull Honda (#33)

"I'm happy for this chance to race in the Suzuka 8 Hours. It's like a dream come true. It will be an important race, so I'll do my best to help the team win. The bike is completely different to a MotoGP machine, so I have to change my riding style. I'm working hard to be completely ready for the race."

Tohru Ukawa | Red Bull Honda (#33) Team Manager

"Today Stefan [Bradl] did a long stint, while Takumi [Takahashi] concentrated on fine-tuning the setup. We're fast enough compared to the other teams, but Takumi is not satisfied yet. He's a perfectionist. The tests have gone well so far. Tomorrow's forecast is rain, so I'll be happy with we can set up the bike in wet conditions."