The 41st Suzuka 8 hours is again growing as a dramatic and unique spectacle and the frantic dash around one of Japan’s most epic race circuits from 11.30am Sunday until the early hours of the evening produced more fantastic scenes from some of the biggest stars in the game.
Although Suzuka forms part of the FIM Endurance World Championship it is also internationally recognised as the most famous stop on the slate; where the Japanese factories tussle for spoils, bragging rights and honour on the Honda-owned motorsport stage. Resources, effort and notable names are pulled from across the world to tackle the riding shifts around the fast layout. The 2018 edition again counted on a boosted entry from reigning champions Yamaha (WorldSBK’s Alex Lowes and Michael Van Der Mark along with Katsuyuki Nakasuga), the most successful WorldSBK athlete ever in Jonathan Rea (teaming up early with 2019 KRT recruit, friend and British Superbike star Leon Haslam) and young hotshots like BSB starlet Bradley Ray (Suzuki). As well as other names like MotoGP’s Taka Nakagami and U.S. SBK racer PJ Jacobsen.