Jack Miller is one of four Australians whose bike will start in the top 10 for tomorrow’s Suzuka 8 Hours.
Miller, Josh Brookes, Josh Hook, and Broc Parkes were all on bikes which made it through to the shootout-style Top 10 Trial.
The Trial saw two riders from each of the top 10 bikes complete a lap each, with the fastest times for the respective bikes finalising the starting grid for the iconic enduro.
Parkes was the only Australian of the four to ride his bike, the #7 YART Yamaha Official EWC Team entry, with his effort of 2:07.634s earning sixth on the grid for he, Kohta Nozane (Japan), and Marvin Fritz (Germany).
The trio maintained the position they had provisionally earned during the earlier qualifying sessions.
Brookes’ #12 Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing bike remained second, Hook’s #5 F.C.C. TSR Honda gained a position to qualify fourth, while Miller’s #634 MuSAHI RT HARC-PRO Honda bike dropped from third to fifth.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga gave the Yamaha Factory Racing Team its third straight pole position at Suzuka.
Tomorrow’s race starts at 1230 AEST.
See below for starting positions for all Australian riders
|1||21||EWC||Yamaha Factory Racing Team||Y-YZF-R1||Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN)||Alex Lowes (GBR)||Michael van der Mark (NED)|
|2||12||EWC||Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing||S-GSX-R1000 L7||Sylvain Guintoli (FRA)||Takuya Tsuda (JPN)||Josh Brookes (AUS)|
|3||11||EWC||Kawasaki Team Green||K-ZX-10RR||Kazuma Watanabe (JPN)||Leon Haslam (GBR)||Azlan Shah Bin Kamaruzaman (MAS)|
|4||5||EWC||FCC TSR Honda||H-CBR 1000RR SP2||Randy De Puniet (FRA)||Dominique Aegerter (SUI)||Josh Hook (AUS)|
|5||634||EWC||Musashi RT Harc-Pro Honda||H-CBR 1000RR SP2||Takumi Takahashi (JPN)||Takaaki Nakagami (JPN)||Jack Miller (AUS)|
|6||7||EWC||YART-Yamaha||Y-YZF-R1||Kohta Nozane (JPN)||Broc Parkes (AUS)||Marvin Fritz (GER)|
|7||19||EWC||Moriwaki Motul Racing||H-CBR 1000RR SP2||Ryuichi Kiyonari (JPN)||Yuki Takahashi (JPN)||Dan Linfoot (GBR)|
|8||25||EWC||Honda Suzuka Racing Team||H-CBR 1000RR||Yudai Kamei (JPN)||Daijiro Hiura (JPN)||Takashi Yasuda (JPN)|
|9||71||EWC||Team Kagayama||S-GSX-R1000 L7||Yukio Kagayama (JPN)||Hafizh Syahrin (MAS)||Naomichi Uramoto (JPN)|
|10||22||EWC||Satu Hati Honda Team Asia||H-CBR 1000RR SP2||Dimes Ekky Pratama (IDN)||Ratthapong Wilairot (THA)||Md. Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS)|
|11||95||EWC||S-Pulse Dream Racing-IAI||S-GSX-R1000||Hideyuki Ogata (JPN)||Marcel Schrotter (GER)||Alex Cudlin (AUS)|
|14||79||EWC||Team SuP Dream Honda||H-CBR 1000RR SP2||Shinichi Ito (JPN)||Damian Cudlin (AUS)||Gregg Black (FRA)|
|16||03||EWC||MotoMapSupply FutureAccess||S-GSX-R1000||Josh Waters (AUS)||Nobuatsu Aoki (JPN)||Yoshihiro Konno (JPN)|
|18||72||EWC||Honda Dream RT Sakurai Honda||H-CBR 1000RR SP2||Ryo Mizuno (JPN)||Jason Mark O’Halloran (AUS)||Jamie Stauffer (AUS)|
|23||83||EWC||TeamJP, DFR&RS-ITOH||K-ZX-10RR||Kazuki Watanabe (JPN)||Mark Aitchison (AUS)||Masahiro Shinjo (JPN)|
|25*||74||SST||Akeno-Speed Yamaha||Y-YZF-R1||Anthony West (AUS)||Makoto Inagaki (JPN)||Alex Schacht (DEN)|
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