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KRP Sanyo Kogyo & RS-Itoh wins EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy

KRP Sanyo Kogyo & RS-Itoh wins EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy

02/08/2017 17:39

One of the few Superstock teams on the Suzuka 8 Hours starting grid, KRP Sanyo Kogyo & RS-Itoh finished the race in 22nd place, coming in ahead of EWC teams Clever Wolf Racing & 3ART and HKC & IMT Racing to win the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy.

The undisputed leader of the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy right from the start, KRP Sanyo Kogyo & RS-Itoh lapped in and around 20th place throughout the race: a praiseworthy performance by the Japanese team competing in the Superstock class after starting from 37th spot on the grid and running the entire race with only two riders, Mitsunori Okamura and Takeshi Ishizuka. The KRP Sanyo Kogyo & RS-Itoh team won the €4,000 purse awarded to the winner of the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy at Suzuka.

They finished ahead of Clever Wolf Racing & 3ART. This Yamaha-mounted Japanese team had recruited two French endurance specialists to shore up their rider Mitsuo Saito: Alex Plancassagne, the 2016 FIM EWC Superstock World Cup winner, and Anthony Dos Santos, who raced for Maco Racing Team this past season. Clever Wolf Racing & 3ART finished 28th, having started from 42nd place at Suzuka, and received €3,000 in prize money.

HKC & IMT Racing rounded off the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy podium at the Suzuka 8 Hours. The Japanese team (Takaharu Kishida, Tadashi Asahina and Tomoki Namekata) on a Yamaha R1 finished 33rd at Suzuka and collected a €2,700 prize.

The EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy – renewed this season by FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, the organizers of individual FIM EWC races and tyre manufacturer Dunlop – gives backing to Dunlop-shod private teams that do not benefit from direct support from a manufacturer.

Suzuka 8 Hours 2017 – EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy final standings

 

 

 

Hats off to GMT94 Yamaha, winner of the 2016-2017 FIM endurance world championship after the grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours – the concluding race of a hotly fought season.

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing kept up the fight for the entire 8 hours. After starting a climb back up from the bottom of the standings in the wake of a crash, the Japanese Suzuki team was 7th past the chequered flag at the Suzuka 8 Hours.

The post-race scrutineers at the Suzuka 8 Hours found all the machines to be in compliance with regulations. The provisional results of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, have therefore been confirmed.

The post-race scrutineers at the Suzuka 8 Hours found all the machines to be in compliance with regulations. The provisional results of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours, have therefore been confirmed.

Yamaha Factory Racing Team won the Suzuka 8 Hours for the third successive year. The Japanese factory team crossed the finish line ahead of Kawasaki Team Green and F.C.C. TSR Honda. GMT94 Yamaha finished 11th to lift the 2016-2017 FIM EWC world championship title.

A look at the provisional world standings at the halfway mark of the 2016-2017 FIM EWC grand finale, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuka 8 Hours.

Two hours into a very eventful race, Yamaha Factory Racing Team has settled into the lead at the Suzuka 8 Hours.