Bridgestone looking forward to Suzuka 8 Hours event

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Bridgestone will aim to extend their winning involvement in the Suzuka 8 Hours event to nine consecutive victories this coming weekend.

In 2013 Bridgestone continued a run of success at the Suzuka 8 Hours by securing an eighth successive victory at an event where high humidity and ambient temperatures combine to create extremely challenging conditions for riders, motorcycles and tyres alike.

Last year, the Bridgestone-supported MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO Honda team of Takumi Takahashi, Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark won the Suzuka 8 Hours in trying conditions, completing a total of 214 laps (1,245km), while the second-placed Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team of Takuya Tsuda, Nobu Aoki and Josh Brookes also ran Bridgestone race tyres. Bridgestone was also the most represented tyre maker in the top 10 finishing teams, with four top 10 entries.

This year, Bridgestone will support a cast of riders who will battle for glory at the race that is known as the “8 Tai” to the scores of local Japanese fans that flock to the circuit each year. MotoGP™ rider Broc Parkes, Suzuki MotoGP test rider Randy de Puniet, MotoGP™ podium-getter Katsuyuki Nakasuga, former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz, and a host of Superbike and Supersport riders from around the globe will be on Bridgestone tyres as they push for glory.

The Suzuka 8 Hours race takes place at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture Japan, from 1130 local time (GMT +9) on Sunday, July 27th.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“The ‘8 tai’ is a remarkable race that features talented riders from across the globe on exquisite machinery battling it out at one of the most famous circuits in the world. It is an extremely trying event that demands the maximum from the rider, their bike and of course, the tyres.”

“Bridgestone is famous for its exploits in MotoGP, but the Suzuka 8 Hours provides us with another great opportunity to show the world that our motorcycle tyres are unmatched in terms of performance, safety and durability.”

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