Alex Lowes in winning team for third consecutive year
There were demanding conditions for the iconic Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race with rain, sun and spilt oil on the track all causing problems for the riders. But the Yamaha Factory Racing team came through it all to take the top spot for an incredible fourth year in a row.
The team was reduced to two as Japanese team mate and local hero Katsuyuki Nakasuga suffered a shoulder injury when he crashed during practice. So it was up to Lowes and Michael van der Mark to take on the challenge.
A heavy downpour just seconds before the start made it tricky from the off, but van der Mark moved into fifth place before handing over to Lowes for the second stint. Two hours in, Lowes was in the lead when the safety car came out due to heavy rain. Tense battles with the Kawasaki and then Honda riders followed but the Yamaha team were first over the line with a 30 second lead.
Lexelle-sponsored Lowes was delighted with the result: “For me to win three in a row is fantastic, It’s four for the team and three for me so I’m really happy, Hopefully I can come back and do it again next year.”
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