Bikes: Yoshimura 2nd in Suzuka special

Team Yoshimura Suzuki with Jomo 34 riders Yukio Kagayama and Kousuke Akiyoshi put their GSX-R1000 into second place in yesterday's 'Special Stage' at the Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance race in Japan.

The two Japanese riders put in a lap time of 2'07.10 seconds, a fraction of a second behind FCC TSR Honda on 2'07.014.

Dream Honda Racing 11, will start from third place with Carlos Checa and Riyuichi Kiyonari, who did a 2'07''687 lap. The official Yamaha Racing 218 with Yuji Sato and Katsuyuki Nakasuga finished in fourth place ahead of Suzuki Yoshimura with Denso 12's Atsushi Watanabe and Daisaku Sakai.

The "Special Stage" is unique in Endurance to the Suzuka round. It's the only race of the Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship where an individual best lap determines the position of a team on the starting grid and is open to the top 10 qualifying teams.

World Champions and current series leaders SERT did not compete in the event as they had qualified outside the top-10 yesterday.

The race will start on Sunday at 11:30 am.

Special Stage results:

1.  F.C.C.TSR Honda (CBR1000RR) T.TSUJIMURA /  S.ITO - 2'07.0142. Yoshimura Suzuki with Jomo (GSX-R1000)  Y.KAGAYAMA / K.AKIYOSHI - 2'07.310 3. Dream Honda Racing Team 11 (CBR1000RR) R.KIYONARI / C.CHECA - 2'07.687 4. Yamaha Racing (YZF-R1)  Y.SATO / K.NAKASUGA -  2'07.936 5. Yoshimura Suzuki with Denso (GSX-R1000)  D.SAKAI / A.WATANABE - 2'08.030