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Rea, Aoyama added to Honda Suzuka bid

Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama are named in Honda's line-up for the 2012 Suzuka 8 Hours endurance classic.
Honda's leading World Superbike Championship riders Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama have been confirmed as part of the manufacturer's defence of the prestigious Suzuki 8 Hours endurance event.

The announcement marks a return to the iconic event for Rea, the Ulsterman set to race the 2011 winning F.C.C. TSR Honda entry alongside Kousuke Akiyoshi, who formed one-third of the line-up that swept to victory last year.

They will be flanked by a three strong rider line-up at the sister MuSASHi RT Harc Pro Honda team, with Ryuichi Kiyonari – also a winner last year -, being joined by ex-MotoGP rider Aoyama and Takumi Takahashi.

Additionally, Honda is introducing a third new team named Honda Team Asia, with Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, Chosun Kameya and former MotoGP rider Makoto Tamada competing.



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the long game - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 12:34 AM

@haslam Sorry to rain on your nasty bitter parade mate, but only those very much in favour get asked to Suzuka to ride for ANY of the HRC teams. This is a bit of an indicator that his perseverance on a less than impressive bike in WSB may yet reap him some longer term benefit.



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