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Ukawa equals record with fourth win at Suzuka 8 Hours

Ukawa equals record with fourth win at Suzuka 8 Hours

Ukawa equals record with fourth win at Suzuka 8 Hours

Former MotoGP star Tohru Ukawa and Seven Stars team-mate Hitoyasu Izutsu raced their Honda CBR1000RR machines to a historic victory at the 27th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours, held at the classic Japanese circuit on Sunday. The experienced pairing led the race virtually every step of the way, lead off rider Ukawa moving into the lead half way round lap one and from that point on they never looked back.

They finished the race almost two laps ahead of the Yoshimura Suzuki of Watanabe and Kagayama with the ATS DDBOYS CBR1000RR of Hamaguchi and Moriwaki completing the podium places. It was the eighth consecutive Honda victory in the grueling event and their 19th overall.

Ukawa's victory was his fourth Suzuka 8 Hour triumph, a result that gave him an equal share of the record set by Australian Wayne Gardner over a decade ago.

"It's fantastic to win the 8hr race," commented Ukawa. "I didn't feel that long today. During the first session, when I was leading the race, pace cars entered the track and I took the advantage of it.

"Usually, accidents happen during the early hours, so I was cautious. But I nearly crashed when there were oil patches on the track. After that, everything went smoothly and during my last run, I was not pushing so hard, may be 70% of my performance."

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MotoGP, 2004

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