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Espargaro, Nakasuga, Lowes to defend Yamaha's Suzuka 8 Hours crown

Pol Espargaro, Katsuyuki Nakasuga return to defend Yamaha's Suzuka 8 Hours title - Alex Lowes completes team in place of Bradley Smith...
Pol Espargaro's Yamaha MotoGP future may be unconfirmed, but the Spaniard will return to Suzuka to defend the factory's 8 Hours crown.

Riding alongside Japanese Superbike champion and MotoGP test rider/wild-card Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Espargaro and Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith swept to Yamaha's first Suzuka victory since 1996 on their debut at the legendary endurance event.

While Smith - confirmed as moving to KTM next season - will not return for this July's race, both Espargaro and Nakasuga have been named in the official Yamaha Factory Racing Team.

Pata Yamaha World Superbike star Alex Lowes completes the line-up, in place of Smith.

Overlooked for the vacant factory Yamaha MotoGP seat in favour of Maverick Vinales, Espargaro is now closely linked to KTM, although Tech 3 have made clear they would like to retain the Spaniard.

Espargaro is currently seventh and the top satellite rider in this year's MotoGP world championship standings, heading into his home event in Catalunya this weekend.

By Peter McLaren



Tagged as: Suzuka , Espargaro , lowes , Nakasuga , 8 hours

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fireblaze

June 02, 2016 3:54 AM

MLF:
fireblaze: If Pol moves to KTM, it may prove to be his last venture in motogp unless he really really impresses with the new bike. And we know its a mountain to impress better teams with a new bike. I just hope that Pol and Bradley don't become the next Bradl and Bautista of motogp.
Looks like you may have a crystal ball ??
I hope I am wrong ... and that KTM does a 'Suzuki' .. it will be good for motogp.



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