Back

News

Yoshimura Suzuki receives Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy

Yoshimura Suzuki receives Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy

03/08/2017 17:20

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.

As the 2007 and 2009 race winner, Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing was among the favourites to win this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours. Having placed 2nd on the starting grid after qualifying thanks to a 2’06.282 lap by Takuya Tsuda in the Top 10 Trial, the Japanese Suzuki team (Tsuda, together with Sylvain Guintoli and Josh Brookes) looked all set to battle it out at the front end of the race.

But Tsuda crashed on the 2nd lap and the Suzuki #12 nosedived to the bottom of the standings, shaking up the rankings. The minute they were back on the track, Takuya Tsuda, Sylvain Guintoli and Josh Brookes began to fight a solitary battle against the 67 other teams, climbing back up lap after lap without ever giving up.

Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing finished in 7th place – the 1st Suzuki past the finish line, close behind YART Yamaha Official EWC Team and Honda Dream Racing and only 4 laps behind the race winner Yamaha Factory Racing Team.

In a tribute to their heroic performance, FIM EWC promoter François Ribeiro handed Yohei Kato, the team manager of Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing, the Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy.

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.

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 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.