HONDA WINS RECORD 25TH SUZUKA 8 HOURS

2012-07-29 10:46
Honda teams finished first and second in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours, with F.C.C. TSR Racing winning for the second year in a row to give Honda their 25th win, while Toho Racing by Moriwaki finished a surprising second in the third round of the FIM World Endurance Championship at the venerable Suzuka Circuit south of Tokyo.

Johnathan Rea became the first British rider to win the 8 Hours by teaming up with Kousuke Akiyoshi and Tady Okada on the F.C.C. TSR Racing Honda CBR1000RR for the victory. The win was the third for Akiyoshi, who was part of the winning team in 2011 and also won in 2007. Okada has two previous wins, first in 1995, 17 years ago, and most recently in 1999. The 13-year gap since his previous win is the longest between victories for an 8 Hours rider.

The F.C.C. TSR Racing team completed 215 laps of the 5.807Km figure eight-shaped circuit to win the event by four laps over Yuki Takahashi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Yusuke Teshima, the Japanese trio who rode the Toho Racing by Moriwaki Honda CBR1000RR to second place. The Toho Racing by Moriwaki team beat the final podium finishers, Yamaha France GMT94, by 1m, 43s. Six of the top ten finishers were Honda-mounted, with the Honda TT Legends team finishing tenth.

The MuSASHI RT HARC-PRO team of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Hiroshi Aoyama finished the first hour in front, ahead of F.C.C. TSR and the Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team. By the end of the second hour the order of the top two had swapped and would swap again after hour three, with the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) taking over third.

Halfway into the mid-summer classic the Honda teams again traded places. With MuSASHI RT HARC-PRO back in front. The fifth and sixth hours would prove pivotal. F.C.C. TSR Honda was back at the point-ending hour five with SERT displacing MuSASHI RT HARC-PRO for second. Meanwhile, TOHO Racing with Moriwaki had climbed up to fifth.

It was at the start of the sixth hour that the race ended prematurely for MuSASHI RT HARC-PRO. Kiyonari had a fiery crash, his dream of winning for a fifth time going up in flames.

When hour six ended F.C.C. TSR Honda had a one lap lead that they would extend to four by the finish of the race.

TOHO Racing with Moriwaki moved into third at the end of hour seven, then took over second when the BMW Motorrad France team was struck with mechanical issues in the final hour.

The Honda TT Legends team who finished tenth maintained second in the World Endurance World Championship standings.

Sharing the riding duties on the ABS-equipped Honda Fireblade, Isle of Man legend John McGuinness and Australians Cameron Donald and Jason O’Halloran rode a flawless and trouble-free race to complete 207 laps.

The World Endurance Championship resumes in Oschersleben, Germany on August 11, 12.

Honda Rider Quotes:

F.C.C. TSR Honda rider Johnathan Rea says:
“Being on top of the podium was impressive. I have never ran a 24-hour endurance race and this Suzuka 8 Hours is the toughest race in the world for me. It was a sprint race and an endurance race. It was a really tough race. Somehow, when I passed it to (Kousuke) Akiyoshi with 15-second margin early in the race, I was able to feel a sense of satisfaction. (Tady) Okada is a friend, a teacher, and a reassuring presence. And, Akiyoshi has been very grateful. To be able to win here, I am very happy.”

F.C.C. TSR Honda rider Kosuke Akiyoshi says:
“I was confined to my bed for one month after suffering a femoral fracture in late March at the opening race of the All Japan Superbike series. I made my race return here at the Suzuka 8 Hours. The rehabilitation and to be fit has been the goal here, and the road to recovery was very steep. Thanks to everyone on the team staff and my team- mate Johnathan, I could win.”

F.C.C. TSR Honda rider Tadayuki Okada says:
“I was asked from the team director to set up the machine, support pre-race testing and being the third rider. I was happy to finish on a machine that could win. It was a really tough race. I think of this as a sprint race of eight hours which is very severe for the riders. For the fans it’s something attractive. I think from now on, I want to be able to provide these races.”

TOHO Racing with Moriwaki Honda rider Tatsuya Yamaguchi says:
“Taking the second place in the Suzuka 8 hours, I would have said “No way,” to be honest. To aim for the podium of the Suzuka 8 Hours with a kit bike and a private team it might be unreasonable, but in the Suzuka 8 Hours anything can happen. We believed it was possible to realise a dream as the laps went on and we gained confidence.”

TOHO Racing with Moriwaki Honda rider Yuki Takahashi says:
“Honestly, I'm happy. Since I first heard I would not be the third rider for another team, the invitation from Mr. Yamaguchi was very attractive. There was also a feeling I was having a tough time in MotoGP Moto2 class now, so I wanted to prove my potential. For me, I was racing in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the first time in four years. I feel a sense of fulfillment and to come second is very important. By this victory, I want to change the mood in Moto2 racing.”

TOHO Racing with Moriwaki Honda rider Yusuke Teshima says:
“ There was no way that I thought I could come back and be on the podium of the Suzuka 8 Hours. Over time I had lost confidence, and thankfully I got invited. Today's second place finish makes me very happy.”

Honda TT Legends rider John McGuinness says:
“Last year we didn’t get past the first hour, so to finish this year is a great achievement. To come here with no testing, race against some of the best endurance riders in the world and come tenth is great. It’s been a tough old day, but I’m pleased. I did three stints with no mistakes and I really enjoyed the race to be honest. It was red hot, but it was great. The team did a good job, the ABS and everything on the bike worked like a dream and overall it’s a fantastic package. We’ve scored some valuable points and with two rounds to go we’re in a good position.”

Honda TT Legends rider Cameron Donald says:
“Mission accomplished! I’m stoked with our result and it’s all the sweeter after coming here last year and not finishing. It was a long way to come to go home with no points. It’s been a massive effort from the whole team this week in unbelievably hot conditions. Everyone has worked so hard and the job we came to do is done.”

Honda TT Legends rider Jason O’Halloran says:
“Overall a good day on the bike. John and Cameron did a great job and I just tried to stay as consistent as I could. It’s a case of working your way through the traffic because there are a lot of bikes out there and as the stints go on everyone gets more tired and it gets a lot harder. The last stint was really hard while my best and most consistent was my second. The team have done a great job again, we turned up here without testing and I think we have done really well in the time we had available. Tenth is a great result.”

HONDA WINNERS OF THE SUZUKA 8 HOURS
1979: Tony Hatton, AUS/Michael Cole, AUS - Honda CB900
1981: Mike Baldwin, USA/Dave Aldana USA - Honda RS1000
1982: Shigeo Iijima, J/Shinji Hagiwara, J - Honda CB900F
1984: Mike Baldwin, USA/Fred Merkel, USA - Honda RS750R
1985: Wayne Gardner, AUS/Masaki Tokano, J - Honda RVF750
1986: Wayne Gardner, AUS/Dominique Sarron F - Honda RVF750
1989: Dominique Sarron, F/Alex Vieira, Por - Honda RVF750
1991: Wayne Gardner, AUS/Mick Doohan, AUS - Honda RVF750
1992: Wayne Gardner, AUS/Daryl Beattie, AUS - Honda RVF750
1994: Doug Polen, USA/Aaron Slight, NZ - Honda RVF/RC45
1995: Aaron Slight, NZ/Tadayuki Okada, J - Honda RVF/RC45
1997: Shinichi Ito, J/Tohru Ukawa, J - Honda RVF/RC45
1998: Shinichi Ito, J/Tohru Ukawa, J - Honda RVF/RC45
1999: Tadayuki Okada, J/Alex Barros, Bra - Honda RVF/RC45
2000: Tohru Ukawa, J/Daijiro Kato, J - Honda VTR1000SPW
2001: Valentino Rossi, I/Colin Edwards, USA - Honda VTR1000SPW
2002: Daijiro Kato, J/Colin Edwards, USA - Honda VTR1000SPW
2003: Yukio Nukumi, J/Manubu Kamada, J - Honda VTR1000SPW
2004: Tohru Ukawa, J/Hitoyasu Izutsu, J - Honda CBR1000RRW
2005: Ryuichi Kiyonari, J/Tohru Ukawa, J - Honda CBR1000RRW
2006: Shinichi Ito, J/Takeshi Tsujimura, J - Honda CBR1000RR
2008: Ryuichi Kiyonari, J/Carlos Checa, E - Honda CBR1000RR
2010: Ryuichi Kiyonari, J/Takumi Takahashi, J - Honda CBR1000RR
2011: Ryuichi Kiyonari, J/Shinichi Ito, J/Kosuke Akiyoshi, J – Honda CBR1000RR
2012: Johnathan Rea, GB/ Kosuke Akiyoshi,J/ Tady Okada,J – Honda CBR1000RR


POS. / TEAM/ RIDERS / BIKE / LAPS / TOTAL TIME
1 / F.C.C. TSR Honda / H-CBR1000RR / J.REA - K.AKIYOSHI - T.OKADA / 215 / 8:01'35.460
2 / TOHO Racing with MORIWAKI / H-CBR1000RR / T.YAMAGUCHI - Y.TAKAHASHI - Y.TESHIMA / 211 / 8:01'40.277
3 / YAMAHA FRANCE GMT94 MICHELIN YAMALUBE / Y-YZF-R1 / D.CHECA - K.FORAY - / 211 / 8:03'13.469
4 / Moto Map SUPPLY / S-GSX-R1000 / Y.KONNO - T.TSUDA - A.TAMITSUJI / 210 / 8:02'12.088
5 / Honda Suzuka Racing Team / H-CBR1000RR / K.TOKUDOME - T.YASUDA - K.KITAGUCHI / 210 / 8:02'45.878
6 / Honda DREAM RT SAKURAI HONDA / H-CBR1000RR / J.STAUFFER - W.MAXWELL - / 209 / 8:02'05.183
7 / Teluru& EMOBILE Kohara RT / H-CBR1000RR / T.TSUJIMURA - H.NODA - K.WATANABE / 209 / 8:03'83.897
8 / Team Motorrad 39 / B-S1000RR / K.TERAMOTO - D.SAKAI - K.YAGI / 208 / 8:01'48.201
9 / BMW MOTORRAD FRANCE 99 / B-S1000RR / S.GIMBERT - D.CUDLIN - E.NIGON / 208 / 8:02'33.089
10 / HONDA TT LEGENDS / H-CBR1000RR / C.DONALD - J.McGUINNESS - J.Mark O'HALLORAN / 207 / 8:01'54.712
11 / BOLLIGER TEAM SWITZERLAND / K-ZX-10R / H.SAIGER - R.STAMM - J.TANGRE / 206 / 8:02'02.177
12 / TEAMSUGAIRACINGJAPANwithHOKKAIDOSABEDER / D-1199Panigale / Y.SUGAI - S.TAKEISHI - / 206 / 8:03'40.058
13 / RS-ITOH&ASIA / K-ZX-10R / I.HIGASHIMURA - T.IWAZAKI - K.WATANABE / 206 / 8:03'44.534
14 / Honda Ryokuyoukai Kumamoto Racing / H-CBR1000RR / M.YOSHIDA - M.KITAORI - M.IIDA / 204 / 8:02'15.191
15 / SUZUKI ENDURANCE RACING TEAM / S-GSX-R1000 / V.PHILIPPE - A.DELHALLE - Y.KAGAYAMA / 204 / 8:02'35.235
16 / Team EBATA / H-CBR1000RR / A.IGARASHI - M.SATO - T.HURUKAWA / 203 / 8:07'10.649
17 / DOGFISH O-TEC Suzuka & Pleasing / H-CBR1000RR / M.OUCHIDA - K.SAIKI - / 203 / 8:03'13.061
18 / TEAM Tras BMW S1000RR / B-S1000RR / H.TAKADA - Y.MATSUSHITA - T.TODA / 203 / 8:09'32.981
19 / IWATA RACING FAMILY / Y-YZF-R1 / Y.KITAJIMA - K.NISHIMURA - K.OKUMURA / 202 / 8:02'00.399
20 / TEAM DDD NOI:Z & CLEVER WOLF / Y-YZF-R1 / T.NAKAI - Y.USAMI - K.MINAMIKAWA / 201 / 8:01'37.494
21 / Honda EG Racing / H-CBR1000RR / T.KURIBAYASHI - K.HONDA - / 201 / 8:02'48.894
22 / FOC CLAYMORE / S-GSX-R1000 / H.YOSHII - T.NAKAMURA - H.SHIOBARA / 201 / 8:03'15.050
23 / Honda DREAM RT WAKAYAMA / H-CBR1000RR / T.NISHINAKA - R.GONZUI - A.MIKI / 200 / 8:02'89.019
24 / TEAM R2CL / S-GSX-R1000 / C.TANGRE - A.BARATIN - R.CHAUSSE / 199 / 8:03'40.136
25 / Honda Team Asia / H-CBR1000RR / C.KAMEYA - A.SHAH B.KAMARUZAMAN - M.TAMADA / 196 / 8:03'01.238
26 / T.MOTOKIDS NAC NERGAL KAWAUSO RT / Y-YZF-R1 / K.KOJIMA - S.NARUMORI - Y.HIGUCHI / 194 / 8:02'37.991
27 / LA BELLEZZA SPEED / D-1098R / N.TAKASUGI - H.KAWAHARA - T.ITAMI / 194 / 8:03'08.247
28 / BANNER RACING / D-1098R / T.KANEDA - K.DAN - T.ASAHINA / 194 / 8:03'85.519
29 / WINNER Z-TECH / S-GSX-R1000 / T.NAMEKATA - T.KUNIMATSU - / 192 / 8:03'00.707
30 / RS GARAGE HARADA HIMEJI / K-ZX-10R / H.HARADA - A.INOUE - / 192 / 8:03'21.131
31 / CONFIA HMF LUNASOL Japan Like a wind / A-RSV4-Factory / Y.TAKAMIYA - S.KAWABATA - N.HASEGAWA / 191 / 8:07'40.800
32 / Honda QCT Meiwa Racing / H-CBR1000RR / M.ANDO - S.NISHIYAMA - / 191 / 8:03'56.832
33 / T.MOTOKIDS NAC NERGAL KAWAUSO RT / Y-YZF-R1 / K.KOJIMA - S.NARUMORI - Y.HIGUCHI / 185 / 8:03'10.992
34 / Team Etching Factory / Y-YZF-R1 / S.TAKEMI - T.FUKAMI - T.BITO / 183 / 8:0255.671
35 / BullDocker TAGOS*HALUMOTO SHOWHEI RIDE / A-RSV4 Factory / M.MOGI - S.OKAJIMA - K.TAJIMA / 182 / 8:01'43.423
36 / Honda Hamamatsu ESCARGOT&PGR&H-TEC(E) / H-CBR1000RR / M.KUBOYAMA - T.NAKATSUHARA - S.NOYORI / 182 / 8:03'37.782
37 / CONFIA H.M.F Verity / S-GSX-R1000 / S.SUMA - Y.TAKEDA - Y.TAKAHASHI / 177 / 8:01'49.631
38 / DOG HOUSE with Higuchi legal office / S-GSX-R1000 / K.IWATANI - K.HIGUCHI - / 174 / 8:01'63.376
39 / Honda Kouyoukai DREAM Racing Team / H-CBR1000RR / H.NAKAMURA - T.EBINUMA - H.KURAYAMA / 174 / 8:03'37.385
40 / YAMASHINAKAWASAKI&BisinessRalliart.inc / K-ZX-10R / T.MIZUSAWA - S.YAMASAKI - A.FUKUYAMA / 173 / 8:03'24.324
41 / MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. / H-CBR1000RR / R.KIYONARI - H.AOYAMA - T.TAKAHASHI / 165 / 8:02'19.080
42 / ASO RIDERS BASE & KUMAMON / Y-YZF-R1 / Y.HORI - K.SHUTOU - T.FUKUSHIMA / 163 / 8:02'58.399

Fastest Lap: MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO Lap 162 2'07.943 163.79Km/h

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS POSITIONS TO DATE
1 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team 60, 2 Honda TT Legends 55,
3 Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube 49, 4 BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent 47,
5 Team SRC Kawasaki 40, 6 Bolliger Team Switzerland 39, 7 Yamalube Folch Endurance 37,
8 FCC TSR Honda 35, 9 Toho Racing with Moriwaki 29, 10 Monster Energy Yamaha YART 28,
11 Team R2CL 27, 12 Moto Map Supply 21, 13 Team Flembbo Djimiant Serbia 19,
14 Honda Suzuka Racing Team 18, 15 Maco Racing Team 18



NEXT EVENT: ROUND04 AUGUST 11/12 OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY

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