World Superbike rider PJ Jacobsen has admitted that he was “nervous” after being thrown “into the deep end” by Honda on his first factory outing in the Suzuka 8 Hours.
Yamaha clinched its fourth successive win in the Suzuka 8 Hours after an early challenge from Kawasaki subsided at the midpoint of the race.
Yamaha holds a comfortable 18-second advantage in the Suzuka 8 Hours after the race-leading Kawasaki nearly ran out of fuel just before the halfway mark.
Three-time World Superbikes champion Jonathan Rea broke the Suzuka 8 Hours lap record to put Kawasaki on provisional pole for the 41st running of the Japanese endurance classic.
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World Superbike rider Leon Camier will complete the factory Honda team's line-up for the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race next month, the Japanese marque has announced.
Yamaha will field an unchanged line-up of Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark for the second successive year as it chases a fourth straight win in Suzuka 8 Hours.
Honda will field a full factory bike in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the first time in a decade next season.
Yamaha Factory Racing topped Friday's first qualifying for the 40th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours, with Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Michael van der Mark setting an average time of 2m07.116s.
Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Bradley Smith has picked up a leg injury during a crash in practice for the final round of the 2016 FIM Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben.
Yamaha clinched its sixth victory as a manufacturer at the Suzuka 8 Hours, with the #21 crew of Pol Espargaro, Alex Lowes and Katsuaki Nakasuga taking the top honours on Sunday.
The annual Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race takes place this Sunday, with 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and Tech 3 Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro headlining the entry for the prestigious event.
Yamaha has unveiled the rider line-up for its two-bike 2016 Suzuka 8 Hours assault, with last year's winners Pol Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga returning to the competition.
Honda has acknowledged that a stuck throttle was to blame for the crash that put Casey Stoner out of the Suzuka 8 Hours, after appearing to initially blame the Australian.
GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team riders David Checa and Niccolò Canepa were recently at the Yamaha Racing Experience in Silverstone and had the opportunity to discuss their increible season, winning the championship and rounding it all of at the historic Su