WSBK »

Haslam, van der Mark win Suzuka 8 Hours

Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark power to victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours for Honda; Former 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz finishes third for Suzuki.
Leon Haslam has emulated his World Superbike Championship team-mate Jonathan Rea by winning the iconic Suzuka 8 Hours endurance event alongside rookie competitor Michael van der Mark.

Still recovering from the broken leg he suffered in April after a crash at Assen, Haslam, van der Mark and local rider Takumi Takahashi stayed out of trouble to take the MuSASHI RT HARC-PRO Honda to victory.

A superb result for Haslam given the gruelling event and his slow road to recovery, his feat is arguably matched by that of young van der Mark, the 20-year-old winning the iconic race at his first attempt. Historically, a good performance at the Suzuka 8 Hours in front of the Japanese manufacturers has counted for much in terms of career prospects.

Suzuki filled the remaining podium spots, with Yoshimura's Josh Brookes, Takuya Tsuda and Nobuatsu Aoki coming home in second position, while the 'legends' Kagayama Suzuki team of Yukio Kagayama, Noriyuki Haga and Kevin Schwantz produced an excellent performance to get themselves onto the rostrum in third place.

Last year's winner Rea endured a day to forget after his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed the FCC TSR at the half-way point and was forced to retire.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Haslam, Suzuka 8 hour, July 2013
Haslam, Suzuka 8 hour, July 2013
Haslam, Suzuka 8 Hours, 2013
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Haslam, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Haslam and De Puniet, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.