MotoGP » Schwantz, Kagayama, Haga to race Suzuka 8 Hours!

"Motorcycle racing in Japan needs a big surprise like this!" Yukio Kagayama.

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Jb21 - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 1:26 AM

First of all, I'm really psyched about this news! Many who are old enough to watch Schwantz in his prime would agree, he was one of the most spectacular riders ever. And for me, I saw him race Suzuka 8hrs in 88 and 89, cheering for the young Yoshimura rider from Texas, so I'm overjoyed about this news. And finally, age? Well...sure he's an old timer, and he hasn't been racing for a bit, but still, when Joey Dunlop won't his last TTs, he was 48, too! And people did write him off before the race. So let's not judge before the race is run, shall we?

doogin - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 1:26 AM

Kevin does races regularly in Texas cept they're mountain bike and enduro (off road/dirt bike) races. He also rides his track at his school. Whether he has the fitness to be fast at Suzuka I have no idea, but I can't wait.

I was amazed McGuinness lasted though that endurance race in that heat considering the training and diet regimen he follows, maybe Kevin has a shot being in shape?? It's going to be one to watch!

Bike nut - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 1:56 AM

KS will be fast enough no question!

Most of the motogp front runners don't like taking part because the race is so exhausting, so this aspect may be an issue for KS but good on him for having a go.

Michael - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 4:59 AM

Why all the negative comments? Racers don't forget how to ride or race. I watched Ago and Sheen racing in I think it was 2000 at the Montlhery circuit. Believe me they were not hanging around and were making incredible overtaking moves. And that circuit is not a safe one. They may loose a few tenths here and there but they are still racers at heart. They have forgotten more than anyone posting here knows about how to ride a motorcycle fast! Good luck to them all.

Roman - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 5:18 AM

I guess the fact that there's actually people out there miserable enough to be bagging on Rossi and his achievments then it should be no surprise they harbor the same disrespect for Schwantz.

How many past or present GP superstars take on the Macau GP? Very few to none. To race that islnad on a 500 stroker is massive. Kevin is a legend for damn good is Valentino.

Dr.Who - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 8:06 AM

2013 Suzuka 8 hours for Suzuki
2014 Suzuki's GP Team factory rider LOL

Don't understand the flaming it's just good one of the legends don't ride a bike to do a ceremonial lap. For all the criticasters I hope this team wins just to prove you were al wrong.

Dare to Live

May 02, 2013 9:19 AM
Last Edited 1016 days ago

Never too old
Never too late
Never give up

This is the story of a 58 year old man who bought his first bike at the age of 55, a BMW 1200GS, a year later wanting more power he bought a BMW S1000RR, within a month he participated in track events, a year later after taking classes with a local Champion and after a few crashes he started racing and got 2 podiums in three races albeit in the rookie class

so remember youngsters,

Never too old
Never too late
Never give up because

you too will get old

and getting old is not for sissies

wadcutter - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 10:34 AM

Well said 'Dare to Live'

Hmm old racer's......Dunlop, Mcpint, Bayliss.

Two 38 year olds and a 48 year old in a 8hr endurance race, sounds ok really its not a GP race!!

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