Alex finishes fifth in debut Suzuka 8 Hours race
Whilst Team KAGAYAMA Suzuki riders Noriyuki Haga, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Yukio Kagayama raced their GSX-R1000 into third place at the prestigious 38th ‘Coca-Cola Zero’ Suzuka 8 Hours World Endurance Championship second round at Suzuka Circuit in Japan yesterday, Alex Lowes helped bring the #12 YOSHIMURA SUZUKI Shell ADVANCE bike home in an impressive fifth place.
Team KAGAYAMA’S Kiyonari took an early lead from the start until Suzuka first-timer Alex moved ahead aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki. The British rider headed the 70-rider field until the fourth lap, lost it briefly, only to regain it for 25 laps until his first pit-in and rider change.
Team-mate Takuya Tsuda was unfortunate to slip-off during his first stint, damaging the screen but he continued to claw back to second position by the 50th lap when he handed back to Alex, and after the second of a total of six Safety Car incidents during the race.
“I really enjoyed Suzuka a lot but it was difficult race. We got a good start, had some problems, but the final result was good. Leading for the first hour was also a great experience.”
Source: Suzuki Racing