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Suzuka 8 hour

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Friday times have Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda & Kawasaki as the top 4 combined times and while Yamaha has the upper hand, it could go to any of those 4

https://www.fimewc.com/event/suzuka-8-hours-2017/
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Looks like I'm the only one here following Suzuka 8 hours :D

Grid is Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Honda. Millers team has slipped from 4th to 5th. To state the obvious its a long race so starting position isn't that important.

One difference between this race and others is that it multiple tyre companies. I haven't seen what tyres are being used by what teams
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2018 Suzuka 8 Hours will begin on Friday 27 July and ends on Sunday 29 July.

https://www.fimewc.com/event/suzuka-8-hours-2018/

Or if your Japanese is better than mine, http://www.suzukacircuit.jp/8tai/
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For viewers within Europe (and possibly without, with the right equipment?) Eurosport are going to be giving live coverage again this year.

Can't wait!

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Apical wrote: Or if your Japanese is better than mine, http://www.suzukacircuit.jp/8tai/
ありがとうございます。オートバイのレースの用語を覚えて読みます。

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Very impressive :)

Have any of you guys ever been to the race?

It's one of the things on my list of things to do, but it's such a distance (and expensive) I don't know if will ever happen.

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Camier out through injury. Does that guy have any luck?

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MiniNinjaMk5 wrote:Very impressive :)

Have any of you guys ever been to the race?

It's one of the things on my list of things to do, but it's such a distance (and expensive) I don't know if will ever happen.
I have to go there on business this year. Not when the Suzuka 8 hour is on. Which is probably a good thing as I couldn't go anyway even if I was in the country.

Currently China (Taiwan) Airlines are doing a deal from the UK for about £510 quid, though I don't know if it is still available for the Suzuka dates. (It is for my work dates.) You get to overnight in Taiwan once on the way in and on the way out. But that price should be there or thereabouts for next year.

I lived there for four years, quite close to Suzuka, and never got around to going to any two or four wheel races. In hindsight: D'oh!

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Have been watching practice with interest - very strong showing from the Kawasaki team, Haslam fastest yesterday and then Rea today with a circruit lap record - several seconds faster than the nearest next person!

Recommend following Jules Ryder on Twitter - he's commentating so adds lots of his own stuff, but also re-tweets a hell of a lot of news and other interesting snippets.
I have to go there on business this year. Not when the Suzuka 8 hour is on. Which is probably a good thing as I couldn't go anyway even if I was in the country.

Currently China (Taiwan) Airlines are doing a deal from the UK for about £510 quid, though I don't know if it is still available for the Suzuka dates. (It is for my work dates.) You get to overnight in Taiwan once on the way in and on the way out. But that price should be there or thereabouts for next year.

I lived there for four years, quite close to Suzuka, and never got around to going to any two or four wheel races. In hindsight: D'oh!
Ah that's a shame! But at least would give you a good reason to go back I guess? :)

That's not a bad deal for the flight, I'm hoping to go to Japan (not for the 8hr but the rugby world cup) next year and that's less than I thought it would be.

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Not that you can read too much into qualifying but no surprises there that Rea is on Pole.

Brand wise we are seeing a good mix with Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha filling the top 4. Even the mix for the next 4 is good with 2 Honda's, Suzuki and Yamaha
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Great stat - last time a Kwakka was on pole was in 1995. Ridden by one Anthony Gobert !

Bradley Ray is going to be starting on the Suzuki (it shows their confidence in him)

Rea went out on the qualifier tyre for the first time and said it had too much grip, came back in and got a race tyre(!)

Top 10 for the grid
http://www.cyclenews.com/wp-content/upl ... jpg?x40615

And unsurprisingly the Japanese have taken to Brad Ray

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Race starts at 3.30am tomorrow morning (UK/GMT)

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At the 3 hour mark there's only 10 seconds separating the top 3, then a lap behind is 2 teams, so 6th place is 2 laps down. No doubt the rain has changed it up but no surprises as to who's in first and second

https://api.its-results.com/v1/download ... er+3+hours
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Um, seems I was a bit slow with the 3 hour update, the 5 hour update is showing the same 3 teams on the first lap but Kawasaki is 3/4 of a lap down with Honda now in front of Yamaha. the 4th team is 2 laps down. What I can't tell from the results is whether pit stops are blurring the accuracy of the update

https://api.its-results.com/v1/download ... er+5+hours
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Can I post the result? It's on Crash.net.

Will there be a report?

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bikermike wrote:Can I post the result? It's on Crash.net.

Will there be a report?
This one is a fairly good results summary;

https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/premiu ... -spoilers/
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I'd say the "no spoilers" bit isn't true if you click on the link

would you know what is the difference between "Retired" and "Did Not Finish"?

had a small chuckle at finisher #43

rider 3 - is that a Japanese name...?
(If it means what TBD usually means, it's a bit late after the finish...)

Endurance racing is insane. I did the no budget cup for the two years it was here.

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bikermike wrote:I'd say the "no spoilers" bit isn't true if you click on the link

would you know what is the difference between "Retired" and "Did Not Finish"?

had a small chuckle at finisher #43

rider 3 - is that a Japanese name...?
(If it means what TBD usually means, it's a bit late after the finish...)

Endurance racing is insane. I did the no budget cup for the two years it was here.
I don't understand the difference between Retired and DNF either, though it might be something to do with 75% of the winners distance. There's a little more detail on the official results https://api.its-results.com/v1/download ... al+ranking

I suspect that TBA and TBD are some confusion with 2 rider teams not having a third rider
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If you can't wait for the writeup here, there's a really good writeup on an Aussie web site

http://www.mcnews.com.au/suzuka-8-hour-results-2018/

Make sure you watch all of the inline videos
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Mikesbytes wrote:
bikermike wrote:I'd say the "no spoilers" bit isn't true if you click on the link

would you know what is the difference between "Retired" and "Did Not Finish"?
I don't understand the difference between Retired and DNF either, though it might be something to do with 75% of the winners distance. There's a little more detail on the official results https://api.its-results.com/v1/download ... al+ranking
That timesheet makes it even weirder by adding a third category
OK, DNF not completing 75% of the leaders' distance I can understand, a kind of technical DNF - ie upright, circulating, but slow
Retired - presumably means upside down in the gravel/returned to the pits in the Van Of Shame
"Did not finish (requirements must cross the finishing line)" - ?? the only possible third category I can imagine is someone who went into the pits under their own control but weren't on track at the flag but hadn't actually thrown in the towel...

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Absolutely cracking race, just finished watching the end of it last night (most of the 8hrs)

Disappointed that there wasn't some journo coverage on the front page of the site - maybe for next year?

As Terry Rymer said in the Eurosport commentary the winner is usually the one who makes least mistakes; in this case Yamaha, who were nigh on perfect. Despite being quickest over a single lap, Kawasaki had two major events: Rea running out of fuel, and then his crash on his way into the pits (I didn't see what happened there, was it standing water?). From that point, they were relying on inconsistency by the others. Honda didn't suffer from much other than the perplexing decision to give PJ Jacobsen his first ride in the wet during a pivotal moment of the race (after Takahashi had shown such speed in similar conditions at the start of the race), perhaps not as much speed as expected from Takahashi when they had a chance and pit-stop in hand to put pressure on the Yamaha.

But absolutely cracking rides by both VD Mark and Lowes, I was almost shutting my eyes when they were cutting through traffic but neither of them put a wheel wrong. Congrats on the Honda France team as well who coped with a lot of pressure to take the WC for the year.

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MiniNinjaMk5 wrote:Kawasaki had two major events: Rea running out of fuel, and then his crash on his way into the pits (I didn't see what happened there, was it standing water?)
https://youtu.be/Wv9Cme3sDDs
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Thanks for that mate - the classic slicks on a wet track then!

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First free practice session for 2019 done - Honda, Yamaha, Honda, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Suzuki, Moriwaki (what bike are they using?)

Pity Honda don't put the same effort into WSBK

https://www.fimewc.com/event/suzuka-8-hours-2019/
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Rea/Haslam/Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8H)
That's an impressive lineup right there. I'm going to predict a Kawasaki win based on their lineup. OK, Yamaha might be the default prediction, but I believe that it's Kawasaki that hs chosen the riding talent.

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