Already a podium finisher in his Suzuka 8 Hours debut, Moto2 star Dominique Aegerter went one place better in the 2015 event.

Third as part of Team Kagayama last season, the Swiss underlined his 1000cc potential with a strong second place for TSR Honda in Sunday's event.

Teamed with Australian Josh Hook and Briton Kyle Smith, Aegerter's #778 machine crossed the line 1m 17s behind the victorious Factory Yamaha of Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

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But Aegerter and Hook each led the race on multiple occasions and the final gap would have been closer had it not been for a late safety car.

"It's amazing to be back here on the podium, after last year with Team Kagayama," Aegerter said.

"I was here for two weeks to prepare and we had a lot of fun with my team-mates. So I learnt a little bit about the team and this year I already knew the track. The team got good support from Bridgestone and Honda, and the bike was really good.

"The race was very hard and very hot. But it's really special to stand back on the podium here. Thanks to everybody who helped. It's a big work behind these 8 Hours.

"I hope I can come back next year with this team, or some other team, because for me it's a nice thing to make in the summer break. Now a small holiday and then we go back on the smaller bike in Moto2 at Indianapolis. This is also important for me to make a good result there."

Aegerter, who claimed his first grand prix win last season, is currently eleventh in the Moto2 standings after switching from Suter to Kalex machinery.