By totalmotorcycle $Honda #WorldSBK #riders get ready for $Suzuka 8 Hours challenge
The three Honda representatives within the FIM Superbike World Championship – Nicky Hayden, Michael van der Mark and PJ Jacobsen – will all compete in the 39th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race, which takes place this weekend at the iconic 5.807km (3.617 mile) Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan.
Current teammates within the Honda WorldSBK Team, Hayden and van der Mark will team up with veteran Japanese rider Takumi Takahashi with the aim of scoring what would be the fourth win for the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO team after success in 2010, 2013 and 2014. This is the fourth consecutive appearance with MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO for van der Mark, who was on the riding team for the last two wins for Honda at the 8-hour race. Hayden makes his comeback to the competition for the first time since 2003.
Both riders flew to Japan straight after the WorldSBK US Round at Laguna Seca for the traditional two-day Manufacturers test at Suzuka in preparation for the 8-hour race.
The third standard bearer for Honda within the WorldSBK paddock, PJ Jacobsen, will also contest the Suzuka 8 Hours with the F.C.C. TSR Honda team. The young American rider has already shown great skills aboard the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in last month’s 12-hour Endurance World Championship race at Portimão.
Pictures: Suzuka_event (Twitter)
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I’m very honoured to take part in the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race and being invited by the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO team. They’ve had some good success in the last years but I realise how much of a challenge it’ll be. It’s a long race with a bike that you have to share with your teammates, so the set-up surely is a compromise. We did a two-day test at Suzuka …read more