World Superbike star Leon Camier has secured a place with the Yoshimura Suzuki team for next month's Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race.
The Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider will join Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters and Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki in the Yoshimura line-up for one of the most prestigious races in Japan.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be racing in the Suzuka 8 hour this year and honoured that Yoshimura has asked me to take part in such a prestigious race,” said Camier. “I have done the Suzuka 8 hour race three times before (in 2005, 2006 and 2007) but have never been particularly successful there, so I am hoping that this year will see a change of luck.
"It's an amazing race and probably the hardest - both physically and mentally - that a racer does. The temperatures are usually very hot and the track is so physical, it just saps all your energy.
"It is a hard track to learn because it is so long and it is also technically very demanding. I will have to learn how to ride the Yoshimura GSX-R on Bridgestone tyres, but hopefully that will not be too much of a problem and I can run consistent lap times. My goal is to get to grips with the tyres as soon as I can, keep up a good pace; and still be fast at the end of the race."
Team manager Yohei Kato said: "We have three excellent riders in our team; Josh Waters, who showed his potential in his first Suzuka race last year, Nobuatsu Aoki, who is a veteran rider with great ability and knowledge of machine set-up, and as a new rider for our Suzuka 8 Hours team, we welcome Leon Camier from the World Superbike Championship Series. We are aiming our fifth victory at the Suzuka 8 Hours and we will try our best."
Yoshimura supplies the engines and exhaust systems for the Crescent WSBK team.