The 39th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours will kick off in Japan on Sunday 31 July. The race will be flagged off at 11.30am local time (GMT+9) and is scheduled to finish shortly after nightfall, at 7.30pm. Japanese broadcaster BS12 TV will provide full live coverage of the legendary race, and worldwide coverage is set to increase in 2016.
Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance dominated the first Suzuka 8 Hours test ahead of F.C.C. TSR Honda. But we’ll have to wait for the second test on 13 and 14 July to see last year’s Suzuka 8 Hours winner Yamaha Factory Racing Team on the track.
The 39th edition of the 24 Heures Motos opens the season at Le Mans. From Thursday 7 April, the Bugatti circuit will start receiving the 58 teams involved. This first round of 2016 promises to be very open with the arrival of new machines and international riders and the first appearance of a top-class Japanese team at Le Mans.
The Presidents of the governing bodies of four and two-wheel motorsport were united in celebrating the achievements of several leading international drivers and riders at the inaugural Motorsport Awards by Eurosport Events in Paris.
The Bol d’Or’s return to the Paul Ricard circuit proved to be a real crowd-pleaser, with 74,000 spectators turning out to watch the hotly contested race. The Kawasaki SRC team won the race, while SERT was crowned FIM EWC world champion.
While spectators are having fun and enjoying the party vibe at the Bol d’Or, riders continue lapping through the night. Reduced visibility and enhanced engine performance are among the elements the night holds in store.
16 hours into the race on the Paul Ricard circuit, five brands (Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, Yamaha and Suzuki) are occupying the five top spots of the 79th Bol d’Or. The night’s biggest beneficiary was the Honda Endurance Racing Team, which took the lead just before 3am.