POL ESPARGARO AND BRADLEY SMITH SET FOR THE SUZUKA 8 HOURS
Following on from Honda, which has entered former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner, Yamaha has announced the participation of MotoGP riders Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith in the Suzuka 8 Hours, round two of the FIM EWC on July 26.
The FIM EWC (Endurance World Championship) is truly alive and kicking. With the appointment of promoter Eurosport Events at the beginning of the season, the EWC is embarking on an exciting new era.
Twenty permanent teams including five factory squads are taking part this year in all four races. And following the success of the 24 Heures Motos on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit in April, the next event in Japan in late July promises to be another exciting spectacle.
After the announcement by Honda Racing of the entry of Casey Stoner, Yamaha has unveiled its factory line-up of Katsuyuki Nakasuga, the defending champion of the JSB1000 category in Japan, as well as MotoGP riders Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith. They will ride a factory bike based on the new YZF-R1 and specifically developed for the Suzuka 8 Hours.
Nakasuga is one of Yamaha’s leading riders in Japan and is currently aiming for a fourth consecutive title in the All Japan Road Race Championship. He has taken part in the Suzuka 8 Hours seven times and was fourth in 2014, his best result so far. Meanwhile, Espargaró and Smith will tackle the Suzuka 8 Hours for the first time with Yamaha gunning for its first victory in 19 years and its fifth in the history of this famous endurance race.
Eurosport Events welcomes the arrival of the MotoGP riders to the EWC – and to one of the factory teams – for one of the main events of the season. The media coverage of the EWC and the ongoing work with the major manufacturers are starting to pay dividends.
The legendary Suzuka 8 Hours will be broadcast live and in full on Eurosport, and on the Eurosport Player via the Internet.