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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.
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.