TSR announces the replacement of a rider for this prestigious Suzuka 8 hours, another star-studded race with popular faces of Grand Prix like Valentino Rossi, Alex Barros with WSB stars like Noriyuki Haga.
We appointed Jun Maeda to replace Tekkyu Kayo who was originally lined up with Konny but picked up an injury during the German GP last weekend at Sachsenring when, Tekkyu rode to replace injured Konny who is recovering from an operation on his right hand. Tekkyu is said to bounce back in time for next round of All Japan Championship.
Jun Maeda is the ideal replacement this time with such a short notice, he already has enough experience of taking part in this Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Race with this bike and with TSR before, in fact he is the class winner in 1998. This proved all the development work he had done on this bike(then AC90M), and he has also done some test rides of its latest model AC91M for this year, therefore, he knows the bike. This AC91M is the TSR street production sold to public as well. Jun describes this AC91M as Four-stroke Grand Prix machine, this bike has the racing pedigree, not a streetmodel tuned up for the race like other bikes.
Both Konny and Jun are experienced riders on 4-stroke bikes and have competed in the Suzuka 8 hours endurance race under the hottest mid-summer sun before. Jun has been competing in the TT race at Isle of Mans for few years and he finished TTF1 class race in June this year as well.
TSR is confident that with these two consistent riders and the AC91M, the team can bring a satisfactory result to our supporters and sponsors.
Finally but not the least, in addition to our regular Suzuka 8hours race sponsors like F.C.C. and FM Nagoya aka ZIP FM, we proudly announce new sponsorship from a Japanese mobile communication company called TuKa Cellular Tokai.