Yoshimura Suzuki riders Takuya Tsuda and Nori Haga completed three days of shakedown testing at Suzuka International Circuit in Japan today and are positive in the lead-up to round three of the FIM Endurance World Championship at the end of the month for the historic and highly-acclaimed Suzuka 8-Hours.
The #12 Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance GSX-R1000 topped the timesheets overall with Tsuda setting the fastest combined time, in perfect weather conditions. Team-mate Haga was also in the mix, but spent his time learning the Yoshimura Suzuki machine set-up; which is slightly different in characteristics to the Yoshimura-powered Team KAGAYAMA SUZUKI Asia GSX-Rs he is used to.
The third Yoshimura Suzuki rider, Australian Josh Brookes, was absent from the test, but will re-join the team in the lead-up to Japan’s biggest motorcycle event, the 39th Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8-Hours on July 28-31st. Also absent from the test was the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, last year’s winners of the Suzuka 8-Hours, who, along with Brookes are expected at the final Suzuka test next week.
“This is my first opportunity to race with Yoshimura Suzuki and I have started by learning both the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 machine and also working with the team. In each session I was able to learn something and was able to make progress; and then I was relaxed and was able to push.
“This was the first three days and we have another two days of testing next week, and I am sure we will improve again. It is nice to race with Takuya as he is a nice guy; and I am looking forward to Josh (Brookes) joining us next week.
“When I was young, I was wearing a ‘Haga’ replica helmet, as I was a big fan, and I never expected that I would race with …read more