Suzuka 8 hours – The tradition of Suzuka 8 hours wants some of the leading figures in MotoGP and Superbike take part in the event. Famous names like Valentino Rossi, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan or Wayne Gardner wrote their names on the roll of honor of the legendary Marathon Endurance. Also, this year there will be plenty of stars. Because the Suzuka 8 hours victory is something special.
Last year, Pol Espargaro triumphed during his debut with the R1 of Yamaha Factory Racing Team. Also on Top-10 Trial he signed the new track record in 2′ 06″ 000. Pol will run again this year. Another important participant of 2016 Suzuka 8 hours is Dominique Aegerter. If the results are not exciting this year in Moto2, in Japan the Swiss rider in the previous biennium has shown its full potential.
Suzuka 8 hours: the Return of Hayden
Return to Suzuka for Nicky Hayden, who wants the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Kid will return in Suzuka 8 hours after the 2013 traumatic experience. This time he will participate with HARC-PRO Honda. But he has a clear goal. Take the ‘Triple Crown’. It includes three victories. The MotoGP title (2006), the Daytona 200 (2002) and Suzuka 8 hours. A goal to be reached along with his teammate Michael van der Mark. For him it’s the fourth participation in a row after the triumphant debut of 2013, replicated in 2014 always with HARC-PRO Honda.
From the World Superbike Championship will return to Suzuka after the 2nd place of the 2013 Joshua Brookes, with Milwaukee BMW WSBK. And Yoshimura Suzuki in place of Alex Lowes, passed to the factory Yamaha team after the successful debut last year. Others WSBK riders are Anthony West and Gianluca Vizziello. Finally, PJ Jacobsen (with F.C.C. TSR Honda) and Gino Rea (with TOHO Racing Honda). But also Hikari Okubo (Honda au&Teluru Kohara Racing Team) and Aiden Wagner (with the Suzuki of R2CL Team) will arrive from the World Supersport race.