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Schwantz optimistic of Suzuka 8-Hour victory

'I've never won the 8-Hour and with team-mates as strong as Yukio and Nori, along with our Dunlop tyres, I think we stand a good chance' - Kevin Schwantz
Former 500cc Grand Prix world champion Kevin Schwantz feels he has a 'good chance' of adding the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour race in Japan to his illustrious list of career achievements this weekend.

The 48-year-old American is part of Yukio Kagayama's Suzuki team along with World Superbike legend 'Nitro' Nori Haga and Kagayama himself in one of the most sensational line-ups at Suzuka.

“I'm looking forward to racing the Suzuka 8-Hour with Noriyuki and Yukio on a Suzuki GSX-R1000,” said Schwantz.

“Suzuka holds a special place in my heart because that is where I won my first 500cc Grand Prix in 1988.

“The last time I raced the 8-Hour was in 1992 with Doug Chandler and we did not finish due to mechanical issues,” he added.

“With only two riders, it used to be a really, really physical race and now with three riders, it is still going to be tough but not quite as much.

“I've never won the 8-Hour and with team-mates as strong as Yukio and Nori, along with our Dunlop tyres, I think we stand a good chance.”

A total of 63 teams have entered Japan's most-prestigious motorcycle race on the calendar, which attracts crowds upwards of 80,000.

A record attendance of 160,000 watched the event in 1990.

Last year, Jonathan Rea won the Suzuka 8-Hour race with Kosuke Akiyoshi and Tadayuki Okada in the FCC TSR Honda team.



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July 24, 2013 4:29 PM

Will be amyzing to wach, big respect for this Team i hope they can Win because will have a special meaning to this riders, for Schwantz because he never Won and for Yukio and Nori can boost the reputacion of this guys, i dunno about Yukio situacion on Championchips but Nori need one Team to enter in Wsbk, a good result on this race can be a chance to find one place..



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