Josh Waters gets Yoshi Suzuki call up for Suzuka 8 Hour
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes and Bennetts Suzuki BSB rider Josh Waters will race for the Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance Racing team at next month’s 38th Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race in Japan.
The British and Australian riders will join Japanese Takuya Tsuda on the #12 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the iconic event at Suzuka Circuit on July 26th.
Historically a powerhouse of talent from the top class of motorcycle racing – including former winners Colin Edwards, Carlos Checa, Yukio Kagayama and Valentino Rossi – this year’s event is expected to be no different. Casey Stoner is set to join past two-year victor and current WSBK rider, Michael van der Mark, with Pol Espargarò and Bradley Smith also already announcing their participation.
2015 sees Lowes switching places with his current WSBK team-mate Randy de Puniet, who achieved a second place finish as part of the #34 Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance team last year.
Josh Waters – “I’m very excited to be riding for Yoshimura Suzuki at this year’s Suzuka 8 hour. This is my fourth time riding for the team so I know them very well. My team mates are both great riders who I am looking forward to working with.”
The Suzuka 8 hour event is extremely hard, very hot and changing weather conditions. Last year we were close to victory, so we will try our hardest to get the best possible result in this year’s race.”
Alex Lowes – “I’m really looking forward to challenging myself at the iconic 8 Hour race and working with the Yoshimura Suzuki team. They are a great support to us in the World Superbike Championship and I’m really excited to see how they do things.
“The Suzuka track is a favourite amongst many riders and while it’s going to be a lot for me to learn, I’m really excited about the opportunity. It’s going to be an interesting challenge especially with the test and race each side of the Laguna Seca WSBK round in July but think I can go and do a good job.
“I’m looking forward to getting over to Japan, getting started and representing the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki and Yoshimura partnership for my first endurance race.”
Yohei Kato – Yoshimura Team Manager – “Yoshimura Suzuki Shell ADVANCE Racing team participates in the 38th Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race with Takuya Tsuda, Alex Lowes and Josh Waters. We are aiming for the fifth victory for the team and will fight with these brilliant riders.
“There have already been announcements from other top teams and these rivals look very tough and strong. It is still great to see the factory teams come back to this event with GP riders and it reminds me of the Suzuka 8 H race in the 80’s and 90’s!
“We, Yoshimura Suzuki Shell ADVANCE Racing team, have been developing the Suzuki GSX-R1000 with its potential using our know-how and we are going to fight against these factory teams. Racing at the Suzuka 8 Hours is the most important event in our history and it keeps us having the ‘Challenging Sprit’. It’s never been easy to win the race, but we will do our best with the support of the Yoshimura fans.”