The Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race is one of the mythical events in Japanese motorsport , every bit as legendary in Japan as the Le Mans 24 Hour race or the le Bol d’Or is in Europe.
First staged in 1978, the Suzuka 8 Hours 2011 was the venue for the third round of the Endurance World Championship on the weekend of July 30/31. Motul had eight teams competing at Suzuka, and they were:
• CROWN KEIBIHOSYOU RACING – Honda - Japan
• HONDA SUZUKA RACING – Honda - Japan
• PLUS ONE MCRT – Kawasaki - Japan
• SUZUKI ENDURANCE RACING TEAM – Suzuki - France
• YART – Yamaha - Austria
• TEAM FRONTIER – Yamaha - Japan
• ETCHING FACTORY – Yamaha - Japan
• BULLDOCKERTAGOST – Aprilia – Japan
The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team started the day as one of
the pre-race favourites following their world championship triumph in 2010, but in the end they had to settle for ninth place after suffering a series of mechanical problems that affected the ignition box, the fuel injection and even the footrests.
Of the other teams who were supported technically by Motul, Crown Keibihosyou Racing achieved the best result of the race with a sixth place finish.
Meanwhile further up the field there was a gripping tussle for top spot between the F.C.C TSR Honda team and their Yoshimura Suzuki Racing rivals. In the end Honda crossed the line first just 38 seconds ahead of Suzuki.
The world famous Le Mans is the setting for the next round of the world championship with more thrills guaranteed on the weekend of September 24-25.
1// BMW Motorrad 99 - 68 pts
2// Suzuki SERT – 62 pts - Motul
3// Yamaha France GMT - 46
Image : © Yuri Watanabe