The momentum of its two previous wins at the Suzuka 8 Hours, Yamaha Factory Racing Team gave the upper hand right from qualifying at the Suzuka 8 Hours. The Japanese factory Yamaha placed ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing and Musashi RT Harc-Pro Honda.
Fourteen Japanese teams will face off at the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy at the Suzuka 8 Hours, the 2016-2017 FIM EWC final to be raced this Sunday in Japan. A total of €20,000 of prize money will be awarded to the top ten Dunlop-shod teams past the finish line.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, will flag off the Suzuka 8 Hours, the grand finale of the FIM EWC. This honour is a reciprocal gesture for the invitation extended to Susumu Yamashita, President of Mobilityland, to flag off the 24 Heures Motos earlier this year.
The FIM EWC is one of the few international championships in which teams are free to choose their tyres. Which means the Suzuka 8 Hours will also be a battle of three tyre heavyweights: Bridgestone, Dunlop and Pirelli.
Moriwaki Motul Racing posted the fastest time at the Suzuka three-day test. Returning to the fray after a nine-year absence, the Pirelli-mounted Honda team showed it is a serious contender for the Suzuka 8 Hours win.
Raphaël Chaussé, the creator and team manager of Team R2CL, passed away in a road accident yesterday (Wednesday). Raphaël was a major figure in Endurance racing. He had been gearing up for Suzuka at the end of July.