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YOSHIMURA SUZUKI MOTUL RACING 2019 Suzuka 8hours Endurance World Championship


Fujio Yoshimura / President

Does any of you know Suzuka Circuit hosted several motorcycle endurance races prior to the ever so famous “Suzuka 8 Hour Endurance Race” started in 1978?
Suzuka circuit was built and opened in November 1962 and the first professional endurance race “Suzuka 18 Hour” was held two years later.
I was a high-school boy at that time and still remember clearly how Yoshimura- tuned Honda Super Hawk (305cc) won the 18 hours race! It was a fierce battle between Honda R&D Team and Yoshimura Team until the end of the race!
This inaugural victory made the “Yoshimura” name well known and motorcycle racing was becoming ever so important in Japan along with the growth of motorcycle industry.
It pushed my dad, Pop Yoshimura to decide to move the workshop to Tokyo in 1965, where new industrial movements of motorcycle racing became popular.

It is already 55years since the first “Suzuka 18 Hour” and I am proud of what Yoshimura has achieved in the past and glad that we made a lot of memorable histories with Suzuka Circuit for motorcycle endurance races together.
The first “Suzuka 8 Hour” in 1978 was a pure surprise for everyone in the world and it was a great “Triumph over adversity” story made by Yoshimura!
We wish to get another victory at the Suzuka 8 Hour this year in front of our fans and hope Yoshimura history and spirits will be known even wider.

Yoshimura Japan Co., Ltd.
Fujio Yoshimura

Yoshimura history

Team Manager: Yohei Kato

Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing Team is taking part in the 42nd FIM Suzuka 8hours Endurance World Championship with our regular All Japan Championship riders, Yukio Kagayama, Kazuki Watanabe and Suzuki MotoGP Test rider, Sylvain Guintoli.
It is going to be a very challenging Suzuka 8H race ever since the 3 Japanese factory teams will be very fast and tough. We are representative for Suzuki & GSX-R and getting ready to fight against these strong competitors!
We are a private team and our brilliant histories from Suzuka 8H were never made in an easy way, and we will be working hard and making the maximum effort for the victory.

I’ve Got The Power!
It is our slogan and Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing will race to win the 42nd Suzuka 8hours!

Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing
Team manager
Yohei Kato

Yukio Kagayama

Name Yukio Kagayama
Place of birth Yokohama, Japan
Date of birth 7 May, 1974
Height 164cm
Weight 67kg

I am very excited to join Yoshimura team again this year for Suzuka 8hours since some of my best racing memories is from Suzuka 8H in 2007 to get on the podium in the 1st place, and it was such an amazing experience.
As it is very well known, Suzuka 8 hour is extremely hard, competitive, very hot and changing race event. I know how to fight this race from my experiences and I am excited to get going with my mates and see what I can do.
I’m really looking forward the race weekend and aiming for the top step with Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing again this year.

Yukio Kagayama

Race Career
2019 Suzuka 8H / Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing
All Japan Championship JSB1000
2018 Suzuka 8H 11th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 10th
2017 Suzuka 8H 17th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 10th
2016 Suzuka 8H 6th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 8th
2015 Suzuka 8H 3rd place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 12th
2014 Suzuka 8H 3rd place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 5th
2007 Suzuka 8H 1st place / Yoshimura
World Superbike Championship

Sylvain Guintoli

Name Sylvain Guintoli
Place of birth France
Date of birth 24 June, 1982
Height 179cm
Weight 62kg

It’s a great pleasure and an honor to be back in Japan for the 2019 Suzuka 8H with YOSHIMURA Suzuki Motul racing team. Last year we had a promising start of the race, leading for a while and maintaining our place in the top3 before a crash that forced us to fight all race to recover places. I hope this year we can have a trouble-free race and fight for the podium all the way.

Sylvain Guintoli

Race Career
2019 Suzuka 8H / Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing
2018 Suzuka 8H 10th place / Yoshimura
2017 Suzuka 8H 7th place / Yoshimura
British Superbike Championship: Ranking 13th
2016 World Superbike Championship: Ranking 11th
2015 World Superbike Championship: Ranking 6th
2014 World Superbike Championship: Series Champion

Kazuki Watanabe

Name Kazuki Watanabe
Place of birth Yamanashi, Japan
Date of birth 2 October, 1990
Height 170cm
Weight 68kg

I’m very excited to be a part of legendary Suzuka 8 hours with YOSHIMURA SUZUKI MOTUL RACING.
I missed the opportunity to race with the team in 2018 and I am so glad to take the chance this year.
It is my second season at Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing for All Japan Championship, and we had positive results this year. It makes me feel “we are making the GSX-R stronger and faster than ever” for Suzuka 8hours, and I am really motivated.
Of course, there are many strong competitors and it’s never been easy. So we keep working hard till the last moment to achieve our goal to win the race.

Kazuki Watanabe

Race Career
2019 Suzuka 8H / Yoshimura Suzuki MOTUL Racing
All Japan Championship JSB1000
2018 Suzuka 8H 4th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th
2017 World Supersport Championship
2016 Suzuka 8H 2nd place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 6th
2015 Suzuka 8H 9th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 3rd
2014 Suzuka 8H 12th place
All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th
2013 All Japan Championship JSB1000 Ranking 7th


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