Jules Cluzel and Corentin Perolari have multiplied the tests on the circuits of Carole and Alès before the official WorldSBK tests on July 8th and 9th, on the circuit of Catalunya.
This Tuesday 16th June was reserved for Jules Cluzel to take over the bike, as well as the settings of the Yamaha R6 in “World Supersport” configuration. On Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June the rider of the #16 Yamaha was expected to break the track record held by David Checa since 2013. Checa, who was riding at GMT94 at the time, set a lap of 59 seconds and 462 thousandths on his Yamaha R1.
Jules Cluzel managed to break the record for the first time with an outstanding lap of 58.946, his 600cc machine. A stratospheric time and very promising for the resumption of the World Supersport Championship.
In particular, he had to test new parts from our technical partners :
– The new France Equipement brake discs;
– The STM clutches;
– The Domino shifter;
– The RK Moto GP chains;
– The Sprint Filter air filters;
– And Ram Air air hoses.
All our partners have enabled us to earn the tenths needed to set this new reference time. Jules Cluzel being 8 tenths faster than last year, we are improving in all sectors thanks the developments made in Carole. The bike, the riding and the technique have evolved and what we have gained here will be reflected everywhere. And that’s why the R6 was 100% in World Supersport configuration so that it will be useful for the restart of the 2020 season.
Jacques Bolle, President of the FFM and of the Circuit Carole Management Association: “The lap time set by Jules with a 600 is simply breathtaking. It beat by half a second the previous record held by David Checa with a 1000cc. The Circuit Carole has been the training base for the GMT94 and Christophe Guyot used to say: “A rider who goes fast at Carole goes fast everywhere”, thus demonstrating that the Circuit Carole deserves its letters of nobility in terms of high level while not forgetting its social vocation which has lasted for more than 40 years. »
Patrick Jacquot, President of the Mutuelle des Motards : “Braaaavvvvrroooooooooooommmmm! To the rider Jules Cluzel, to the GMT94 team and to Christophe Guyot who will recover very quickly with the energy of this record! Congratulations to all those who, like the Mutuelle des Motards for the past 25 years, have contributed to the success of the GMT94. A record which announces other records…”
Christophe Guyot: “The lap record that we achieved with David Checa in 2013 was intended to support the takeover of the Carole circuit by the French Motorcycle Federation alongside the FFMC, riders and motorcyclists. The aim was to demonstrate that the circuit was perfectly adapted to 1000cc and top level sportsmen and women. The goal today was different because we just came to the Carole circuit to improve our Yamaha R6. Jules Cluzel showed a huge capacity to work! He knows how to put himself in the same competitive context as the race. These three days of testing are extremely encouraging for the resumption of the championship. Jules never gives up his goal, he is tenacious and shows incredible energy as in racing! David Checa was the first man to go under the minute on the Carole circuit and today, Jules became the first rider to go under the 59-second mark. All bikers can evaluate, measure, the incredible performance achieved on this very demanding track! »
Jules Cluzel: “These three days of testing have been a success for the team and me. We have continued to work on our race bike, and on top of that we set a lap record, which is really great. Thanks to the FFM, Circuit Carole and GMT94 for giving me the perfect training conditions. It will allow me to start the second part of the season in the best possible way. »
David Checa, former lap record holder: “I came to Circuit Carole to see the record fall. All records are made to be broken! Congratulations to Jules! I’m happy for the GMT94 and Christophe for all that it can bring to the riders and bikers. It’s great that the record stays with my GMT94 friends, my family! »