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Suzuka Sounds - A very special celebration

Suzuka Sounds - A very special celebration

Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Kevin Schwantz return to the iconic Japanese track to ride the bikes that helped make them legends.

Since the legendary Suzuka circuit celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, there have been a number of specials events held to celebrate its motorsport legacy.

Last weekend, the “Sounds of Suzuka” brought together three Legends from the world of motorcycle racing and the iconic machines on which they found fame.

Three-time 500cc World Champion (1978, ´79 & ´80) Kenny Roberts took to the track on the YZR500 that signalled the start of a new era in the premier class of motorcycle racing.  The American pioneered a new dirt track style of riding that had never been seen in road racing before to take advantage of the extra power available to the two strokes machines of the time, revolutionizing the sport in the process.

Eddie Lawson, 500cc World Champion in 1984, ’86, ’88 and ’89 was reunited with the indomitable Honda NSR500 on which he won his last world title, having spent most of his career with Yamaha.

At the same time, the public also got to enjoy the presence of Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 World Champion and Factory Suzuki rider who took some memorable victories at the Japanese circuit.

Schwantz was riding his Suzuki RGV from the 1989 season, when he won six GP’s and took nine pole positions, before finishing fourth due to a number of crashes and mechanical issues throughout the rest of the season.

However, the image of the Pepsi branded Suzuki became one of the most iconic images in the sport and Schwantz would go onto to take his only 500cc World Championship title on the same machine, albeit with a different livery, in 1993.

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