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.
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