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Gino Rea under sedation after serious head injuries in Suzuka crash

FCC TSR Honda rider Gino Rea remains under sedation after sustaining serious injuries to his head in a practice crash at the Suzuka 8 Hours, his family said in a statement.

Kawasaki "can't be disappointed" with second in Suzuka 8 Hours

Leon Haslam feels Kawasaki should have no reason to be disappointed with a second-place finish in the Suzuka 8 Hours after being outshone by a dominant Honda team.

Honda's Takahashi banished 2019 demons with Suzuka 8 Hours win Suzuka 8 Hours
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Honda's Takahashi banished 2019 demons with Suzuka 8 Hours win

Takumi Takahashi feels he banished the demons of his 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours loss by helping Honda to a first victory in the race in nearly a decade on Sunday.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Honda scores dominant win over Kawasaki

Honda annihilated the competition to claim a record-extending 28th victory in the 43rd running of Suzuka 8 Hours, as defending champion Kawasaki finished a distant second.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Honda holds commanding lead at halfway mark

Honda maintains a strong grip over Kawasaki at the halfway point in Suzuka 8 Hours, putting itself in prime position for a first victory in the Japanese enduro in nearly a decade.

YART Yamaha facing "no pressure" against factory rivals at Suzuka

The YART Yamaha team feels it faces “no pressure” competing against factory entries from Honda and Kawasaki as it aims for a maiden podium finish at the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Honda beats Kawasaki to pole in final qualifying

Ex-Moto2 rider Tetsuta Nagashima smashed the lap record to put the factory Honda team on pole position for Sunday’s Suzuka 8 Hours.

How Kawasaki's Rea nearly failed to qualify for Suzuka 8 Hours

Kawasaki has revealed that its star rider Jonathan Rea came close to failing to qualify for this weekend's Suzuka 8 Hours due to the unstable weather conditions during Friday's first qualifying session.

Suzuki's Guintoli to miss Suzuka 8 Hours due to injury

Sylvain Guintoli will take no further part in the Suzuka 8 Hours after sustaining an injury in a test session in the run-up to the blue riband event on the FIM Endurance World Championship calendar.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Honda takes provisional pole in dominant fashion

Honda put in a dominant display in the opening two qualifying sessions for the Suzuka 8 Hours to claim provisional pole position, as rain showers scuppered rivals’ attempts at dethroning the Sakura-based marque.

Kawasaki the "underdogs" against Honda in Suzuka 8 Hours

World Superbike star Jonathan Rea feels his Kawasaki squad goes into this weekend's Suzuka 8 Hours as the “underdog” against testing pacesetters Honda.

The 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours entry list in full

The entry list for the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours has been revealed, with the Japanese endurance classic again serving as the blue riband round of the FIM Endurance World Championship.

Lecuona to lead Honda's Suzuka 8 Hours line-up

Honda World Superbike rider Iker Lecuona will headline the rider line-up for the marque’s factory entry in this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours.

Kawasaki to enter factory team in 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours

Kawasaki has announced it will defend its Suzuka 8 Hours victory with World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, as well as Leon Haslam.

Suzuka 8 Hours cancelled for the second year running
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Suzuka 8 Hours cancelled for the second year running

The 2021 Suzuka 8 Hours has been cancelled due to the rising cases of coronavirus in Japan, with a new race in Czech Republic announced as its replacement.

Kawasaki names rider line-up for 2021 Suzuka 8 Hours

Kawasaki has named its rider line-up for its factory entry for the postponed 2021 edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Suzuka 8 Hours postponed until November

The Suzuka 8 Hours has been pushed back until November, becoming the final round of the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship season.

Rea “absolutely gutted” by Suzuka 8 Hours cancellation

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.

Suzuka 8 Hours cancelled amid Japan travel restrictions

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.

Suzuka 8 Hours postponed to November

The 2020 running of the Suzuka 8 Hours has been pushed back to November amid the coronavirus pandemic.

No factory Yamaha team in this year's Suzuka 8 Hours

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.

Lowes, Fores join Rea for Kawasaki Suzuka 8h defence

Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores will join Jonathan Rea for Kawasaki’s title defence in the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2020.

Syahrin braced for "crazy" WTCR/EWC double-header

MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin expects a stern challenge from his "little bit crazy" double-header in cars and bikes at Sepang in December.

Rea defends Kawasaki after Razgatlioglu controversy

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.

Morbidelli joins van der Mark, Syahrin for Sepang 8 Hours

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 "asked too much" from Takahashi in Suzuka 8 Hours

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 pair describe “rollercoaster of emotions” at Suzuka

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.

Kawasaki declared Suzuka 8 Hours winner after protest

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.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha wins after last-minute Rea 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.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Rea puts Kawasaki in lead at halfway point

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.

Kiyonari "messed up" Honda's Suzuka 8 hours pole bid

World Superbike racer Ryuichi Kiyonari has taken responsibility for Honda qualifying behind chief rivals Yamaha and Kawasaki in the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Rain forces Suzuka 8 Hours superpole cancellation

Heavy rain has forced the Top 10 Trials for the Suzuka 8 Hours to be cancelled, with the factory Yamaha team securing pole based on Friday's qualifying classification.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha pips Kawasaki to provisional pole

Yamaha Factory Racing claimed provisional pole for the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours, beating the works Kawasaki team by just 0.014s in Friday qualifying.

Suzuka 8 Hours preview: Can Honda end Yamaha's hegemony?

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.

Nakagami explains decision to skip Suzuka 8 Hours

Factory Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami says he chose to skip the 2019 running of Suzuka 8 Hours to prioritise his burgeoning career in MotoGP.

Bradl joins Honda's factory Suzuka 8 Hours line-up

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.

Kawasaki reveals 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours line-up

Kawasaki has announced it will enter a full factory bike for this year's Suzuka 8 Hours, with three World Superbike stars forming its rider line-up.

"Nervous" Jacobsen "thrown in the deep end" at Suzuka

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.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha romps to fourth successive win

Yamaha clinched its fourth successive win in the Suzuka 8 Hours after an early challenge from Kawasaki subsided at the midpoint of the race.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha leads after Kawasaki fuel scare

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.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Rea, Kawasaki take dominant pole

Kawasaki claimed its first Suzuka 8 Hours pole since 1995, with triple World Superbikes champion Jonathan Rea setting the fastest time in the final qualifying on Saturday.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Rea takes provisional pole with lap record

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.

Camier pulls out of Suzuka 8h with neck injury

Leon Camier has been forced to pull out of this year's Suzuka 8 Hours after suffering a neck injury in a crash during testing for the Japanese classic.

Camier, Nakagami headline Honda's Suzuka 8h line-up

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.

Crutchlow turns down Honda Suzuka 8h offer

Cal Crutchlow says he has turned down an offer from Honda to spearhead its factory Suzuka 8 Hours effort this year.

Rea added to works Kawasaki line-up for Suzuka 8h

Three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea will contest this year's Suzuka 8 Hour for the factory Kawasaki team.

Honda to field first factory Suzuka 8h effort since 2008

Honda will field a full factory bike in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the first time in a decade next season.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha dominates 2017 edition

Yamaha dominated the 40th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours, scoring its third successive win at the Japanese endurance classic since its return in 2015.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha in control at halfway mark

Yamaha Factory Racing leads the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hours by a lap at the halfway point after an early challenge from the HARC-Pro Honda squad subsided in the third hour.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha scores third straight pole

Yamaha Factory Racing secured its third successive pole at Suzuka 8 Hours after two-time race winner Katsuyuki Nakasuga set the fastest time in Saturday’s Top 10 Trials shootout.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha on provisional pole after Friday

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.

Bradl out of Suzuka 8 Hours with ear infection

Stefan Bradl will have to wait for at least another year to make his Suzuka 8 Hours debut after contracting an ear infection in run-up to this year’s event.

Miller pumped for ‘bucket list’ race at Suzuka

Jack Miller says he’ll be checking a couple of key items off his bucket list when he lines up for Honda at the Suzuka 8 Hours this weekend.

Miller to make Suzuka 8h debut with Honda

MotoGP racer Jack Miller will make his debut in the Suzuka 8 Hours this season with the MuSASHi HARC-PRO Honda squad, it has been announced.

Suzuki adds Guintoli to Suzuka 8h line-up

Former World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli will team up with Josh Brookes and Takuya Tsuda in the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hours with the Yoshimura Suzuki team.

Crutchlow turned down Honda Suzuka ride

MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow says he turned down an approach from Honda to contest this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours.

Yamaha names line-ups for Suzuka 8h title defence

Yamaha has added World Superbike star Michael van der Mark to its rider line-up for this year's Suzuka 8 Hours.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Espargaro and Yamaha secure consecutive wins

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.

Suzuka 8 Hours: Yamaha takes back-to-back poles

The #21 Yamaha Factory Racing crew of Pol Espargaro, Alex Lowes and Katsuyuki Nakasuga will start the Suzuka 8 Hours from pole position after the latter delivered the fastest time in qualifying.

Hayden and Espargaro headline Suzuka 8 Hours entry

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.