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In case anyone cares, or missed this - Kevin Schwantz came out of retirement to compete in the Suzuka Eight Hours endurance race. Awesome result by him, Yukio Kagayama, and Nitro Nori Haga.


Kevin, sporting a Wayne Rainey replica helmet.

In what can only be described as the feel good podium of the year, racing notables Leon Haslam, Michael van der Mark, Josh Brookes, Yuki Kagayama, Nori Haga and 1993 world champion Kevin Schwantz featured on the 2013 Suzuka 8 Hours podium.

The race was won by the Honda team comprised of Haslam ("broken leg Leon") and Suzuka rookie Michael van der Mark. Second place was a Suzuki team of Josh Brookes, Nobu Aoki and Taka Tsuda.

Third place was taken by the hugely popular Yukio Kagayama, Nori Haga and '93 champ and legend Schwantz.

2012 winner Jon Rea and Ryuichi Kiyonari's squad was taken out with a crash, as was the BMW with American Jason Pridmore on the team.

Schwantz said in a brief phone call this morning, "It was a really good effort by Team Kagayama Suzuki. All the riders did their jobs, the crew was flawless and the Dunlop tires worked great. We made no real big mistakes in the race which was key. We had some really fast teams behind us but we were able to hold them off and take third. Nori and Kagayama each did two stints and I did one. Our pit stops were great--it was testament to a really good endurance racing effort."

"We felt that we had a shot to be on the podium and achieved that. I'm just so happy I can't tell you," Schwantz said.

Schwantz, as a sign of respect for his old rival Wayne Rainey, wore a Rainey edition Shoei helmet in the race.

"In the press conference the press officer personally thanked me for my participation in the event and on that note all the journalists in the room stood up and applauded. He then also noted the increase in ticket sales my attendance generated. I asked, 'What's your question?' and he said he didn't have one but that there was a lot more interest in the race this year and ticket sales were way up and it was no question because of my participation in the race."

Schwantz said the weather forecasting ability of the local Japanese weathermen stunned him. "They said it was going to start raining at 7:00 PM. Just cut and dry--7:00. And we were watching the race on the screen which had the time on it and at 6:59—wouldn't you know it—it began to rain. I looked out the garage door at 7:00 and it really started raining. Unbelievable."

Schwantz was sitting in Team Kagayama Suzuki hospitality when he signed off, but said he thought that the team would make a run to the infamous Log Cabin bar at Suzuka "for old time's sake" later tonight.


Soup :: Suzuka Eight Hours: The Feel Good Podium Of The Year :: 07-28-2013

Soup :: It's Race Day At Suzuka For The Eight Hours :: 07-27-2013

http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2013/Jul/130727a.htm
 

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Anyone else having problems with SuperbikePlanet? I keep getting a DNS server error after about 3 seconds on any page.

Great job by team Kagayama!
 

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...must be something with Firefox, SuperBikePlanet displayed just fine on IE.
 
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