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Kawasaki has named its rider line-up for its factory entry for the postponed 2021 edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours.
Kawasaki World Superbike star Jonathan Rea says he is “absolutely gutted” by the news of Suzuka 8 Hours’ cancellation, which has robbed him of the chance to defend his title.
The 2020 edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours has been cancelled as a result of continued travel restrictions that would have prevented foreign riders from taking part.
Yamaha has elected not to field a factory entry in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the first time since 2014, although it will maintain its representation in the Japanese endurance classic via the YART outfit.
Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores will join Jonathan Rea for Kawasaki’s title defence in the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2020.
Jonathan Rea says he stands by Kawasaki's decision to bench Toprak Razgatlioglu during the Suzuka 8 Hours, even though this pushed the Turkish rider into severing ties with the marque.
Petronas Yamaha MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli will contest the inaugural running of Sepang 8 Hours in December this year alongside Michael van der Mark and Hafizh Syahrin.
Honda admits that it “asked too much” from Takumi Takahashi in the Suzuka 8 Hours, as the 29-year-old compensated for the benched Ryuichi Kiyonari with a double stint at the end of the race.
Kawasaki duo Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea have described their “rollercoaster of emotions” in the Suzuka 8 Hours, as they went from losing the race on the last lap to being declared eventual winners.
The factory Kawasaki team has been reinstated as winner of the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours, following a successful protest launched against its exclusion following a late crash.
A late crash for dominant leader Jonathan Rea on #10 Kawasaki handed Yamaha its fifth-straight Suzuka 8 Hours victory in a dramatic conclusion to 42nd running of the event.
Jonathan Rea passed Honda’s Stefan Bradl on-track to put Kawasaki in the lead of the Suzuka 8 Hours at the halfway point of the race.
World Superbike racer Ryuichi Kiyonari has taken responsibility for Honda qualifying behind chief rivals Yamaha and Kawasaki in the Suzuka 8 Hours.
Yamaha Factory Racing claimed provisional pole for the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours, beating the works Kawasaki team by just 0.014s in Friday qualifying.
Yamaha has been unbeaten in the Suzuka 8 Hours since its return to the Japanese endurance classic in 2015, but a fifth consecutive victory might not come as easily in the face of stiff opposition from other manufacturers.
Former MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl will lead Honda’s charge in the second year of the Japanese manufacturer’s return to the Suzuka 8 Hours as a factory entrant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The factory Yamaha team secured its first Suzuka 8 Hours win in 19 years with its riders Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.
Casey Stoner has suffered leg and shoulder injuries after spectacularly crashing out of the lead of the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.
Pol Espargaro set a blistering pace in final qualifying for the Suzuka 8 Hours to bag pole position for the factory Yamaha squad on its return to the event.
Tech 3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith admits he is feeling under pressure to perform ahead of his debut in the Suzuka 8 Hours this weekend.