Endurance racing is a dream for many. Quite a few international riders follow the FIM Endurance World Championship. Some of them have already taken to the track. Others hope to return, or dream of making their Endurance debut.
With 25 days to go until the Suzuka 8 Hours Grand Finale, teams are putting the final touches to their preparations and line-ups. The provisional entry list has 67 machines at the start of the 42nd edition in Japan on Sunday 28 July.
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team have every intention of adding yet another FIM EWC title to their already sizeable collection. The team managed by Dominique Méliand, who is set to bow out as SERT boss after Suzuka, will get to Japan only five points behind Team SRC Kawasaki France, and predict a tense and mesmerizing race.
VRD Igol Pierret Expériences are winding up their move up into the Formula EWC this season with a Suzuka 8 Hours maiden run. The French team reveal how they’re getting ready to race the 2018-2019 FIM EWC grand finale.
The 2018-2019 FIM Endurance World Championship has been particularly hard-fought, with three different winners in four races. With the Suzuka 8 Hours Grand Finale just around the corner, Team SRC Kawasaki France are in contention for their first world title ahead of 15-time title winners Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and reigning champions F.C.C. TSR Honda France.
Bolliger Team Switzerland have rejigged their rider line-up for the Suzuka 8 Hours. British rider Danny Buchan is to replace Roman Stamm, who suffered an injury at Oschersleben. Buchan will partner Sébastien Suchet and Nigel Walraven in the saddle of the privateer team’s Kawasaki.
With 40 days to go to the Suzuka 8 Hours, the 2019 race is shaping up to be a memorable one. The official Japanese factory teams are entering the race with one clear objective: taking the win to dash Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s hopes of a fifth consecutive victory. The 42nd edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours is also the FIM EWC season finale. Team SRC Kawasaki France, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and F.C.C. TSR Honda France are the contenders for the title.
Yamaha Factory Racing Team have confirmed they will be fielding last year’s winning trio to attempt a 5th consecutive win at the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours. Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark will ride an R1 in Yamaha Factory Racing’s “Tech 21 Shiseido” livery from 1985.