43rd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours
SUZUKA 8HOURS ESSENTIAL*
Name: SUZUKA CIRCUIT
Location: 7992 Ino-Cho, Suzuka-shi, Mie-ken 510-0295, Japan
Track length: 5.821 kilometres
Race distance: 8 hours
Official website Suzuka Circuit
Operated by Honda-owned Mobilityland, Suzuka features a unique figure-of-eight layout and presents a considerable challenge for riders thanks to its wide variety of corners. Opened initially as a test track for the Japanese motor giant in 1962, the venue hosted the first edition of the famous Suzuka 8 Hours motorbike race in 1978, nine years before staging its first Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. The Suzuka 8 Hours has been a popular feature on the FIM EWC calendar and a key fixture on the international calendar since with leading grand prix motorcycle racers taking part – and winning – over the years. The first edition of Suzuka 8 Hours was contested in July 1978.
Landmark dates of the Suzuka circuit
September 1962: Opening of the Suzuka circuit
30 July 1978: the 1st edition of Suzuka 8 Hours won by the Americans Wes Cooley and Mike Baldwin (Suzuki Yoshimura)
1 August 1982: 1st Japanese victory at Suzuka with Shigeo Iijima and Shinji Hagiwara (Honda). The race was reduced to 6 h due to a typhoon
|POLE POSITION RECORD||2'04.934s Team HRC - Tetsuta Nagashima - Honda CBR1000RR-R SP (2022)|
|RACE RECORD||2'06.805s Kawasaki Racing Team - Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki ZX10RR (2019)|
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Qualifying for the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race (Suzuka 8 Hours), a midsummer festivity, began today. After Unofficial Test Session 6 from 8:30 am to 10 am, and Free Practice Session 1 from 11:30 am, the first qualifying session began at 2:45 pm, divided into three rider groups (blue… read more.
Race week has arrived for the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race (Suzuka 8 Hours), a midsummer festivity for Japan’s two-wheeler fans. All 50 teams participated in the test day on August 2, under harsh and hot conditions. Five test sessions were held, a 90-minute and a 75-minute session on… read more.
Team HRC, Honda’s factory team, welcomes a new partner, Japan Post Co., Ltd., to participate as “Team HRC with Japan Post” in the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race 44th Tournament (Suzuka 8 Hours), to be held at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture,… read more.
On July 6, Day 2 of joint tests for the 44th edition of the Endurance World Championship (EWC) “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race (Suzuka 8 Hours) concluded a two-day session at the Suzuka Circuit. On day one (July 5) Team HRC Tetsuta Nagashima, back from injury, set the… read more.
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On July 5, Day 1 of joint tests for the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race 44th Tournament (Suzuka 8 Hours) was held at the Suzuka Circuit. Tetsuta Nagashima, back from injury, set the fastest lap time at Suzuka 8 Hours Joint Test Day… read more.
Having brought Honda its first victory in eight years just last year, Team HRC will compete in the Suzuka 8 Hours again this year, entering as a Honda factory team with a factory bike based on the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP. This time around, the team will be represented by FIM… read more.
Team HRC (Tetsuta Nagashima / Takumi Takahashi / Iker Lecuona) won the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours, marking Honda’s 28th Suzuka 8 Hours victory and the first since 2014. Team HRC returned to the Suzuka 8 Hours as Honda’s factory team in 2018 after a decade-long absence. The team was second… read more.
Prior to the Top 10 Trial to determine the final grid for the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race (Suzuka 8 Hours), the Suzuka 4 Hours Endurance Race and a Suzuka 8 Hours free practice session was held the in the morning. The free practice session was halted immediately after… read more.
Timed qualifying and night sessions for 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race (Suzuka 8 Hours) on Friday, August 5. Free practice sessions for the Suzuka 4 Hours held on the previous day were marred by intermittent showers, which lingered into Friday morning as the two-hour free practice session for the… read more.
#33 Team HRC’s Iker Lecuona arrived at Suzuka last night, in time to participate in Day 2 of the final joint tests preceding the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race (Suzuka 8 Hours). Day 2 proceedings began under similar conditions to the previous day; harsh sunshine and intense heat. In Session… read more.
Day 2 of joint tests were held at Suzuka Circuit in the lead-up to the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship Series 43rd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race. Teams were divided into groups A and B for two test sessions, an 80-minute morning session and a 90-minute afternoon session. Unaffected… read more.
42 teams are participating in joint tests on July 5 and 6 at Suzuka Circuit in the lead-up to the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship Series 43rd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race. Two days of Suzuka 8 Hours tests were held in June, in which Tetsuta Nagashima and BSB… read more.