Yoshimura Suzuki riders Josh Brookes, Sylvain Guintoli and Takuya Tsuda staged a stunning comeback to finish in an excellent seventh place in the Suzuka 8 Hours.

The factory-backed Suzuki team qualified second on Saturday and had high expectations for the race, but an accident on the first lap stifled their progress.

After dropping as low as 60th place, the trio battled their way back to claim seventh position, four laps behind the race-winning Yamaha Factory Racing team.

Aussie Brookes said: "We're glad to have your support and sorry we couldn't do a better race, but I think we've come back and fought back well.

"I feel like we had a great team and it's just unfortunate after the first lap accident."

Meanwhile, fellow British Superbike rider Christian Iddon was disappointed with the result of the BMW Motorrad39 team, which included Raffaele De Rosa and Daisaku Sakai, but the Tyco BMW rider said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

"It's been an awesome experience but it's not exactly the result we were looking for. The first two hours didn't really happen and I had a small crash after a coming-together with someone," he said.

"That caused a senor failure, which caused a sensor failure, and we just about wrote the bike off. I just went out and enjoyed the experience and it's been absolutely fantastic. The team has come together from all these different places and we had one really experienced Japanese guy and a few rookies.

"It's been difficult but I've loved every minute of it and it all came together in the end."



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