Alex to compete in Suzuka 8 Hours as Yamaha targets unprecedented 5th straight win
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has announced its line-up of teams for this year’s 42nd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race, set to take place from July 25th to 28th at the legendary Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The #21 Yamaha Factory Racing Team will be aiming to take an unprecedented fifth consecutive victory at the event and will be joined on the track by the #7 YART Yamaha Official EWC Team as part of their 2018–2019 Endurance World Championship (EWC) season.
The factory team’s YZF-R1 will sport a special revival of the 1985 Yamaha TECH21 Team livery as a nod to the origin of the team’s iconic #21 race number as well as to mark 21 years since the YZF-R1 was first released.
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team will field the same winning line-up for the third time since 2017, with Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and Michael van der Mark out to record a fifth straight Suzuka 8 Hours win. The team will once again be managed by All Japan JSB1000 Yamaha Factory Racing Team manager Wataru Yoshikawa.
“It’s a great honour for me to be asked back by Yamaha to represent them at this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours. We are trying to win the fifth straight victory for Yamaha and we have the same rider line-up as the last couple of years; we know each other really well and get on really well, so it’s a fantastic line-up. One more thing that I’m really excited about is the new colours, the TECH21 livery. I can’t wait to see the bike in person and I can’t wait to get to Suzuka!”