Bridgestone heads to Suzuka for motorbike endurance showdown

Jul, 25 2017

Bridgestone heads to Suzuka for motorbike endurance showdown

Bridgestone will race in the thick of the action at the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan on 30th July, the grand finale of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) 2016-2017. 

Bridgestone tyres have won the last eleven Suzuka 8 Hours motorcycle races and the company is determined to extend this run to 12. Success breeds success: this year at the Suzuka 8 Hours, 31 of the 69 teams on the starting grid have chosen to race on Bridgestone tyres. 

For some the stakes are even higher: in addition to the race itself, the EWC world title is up for grabs. With 50% extra points available for the season’s final endurance race, three teams still have a shot at the title – including the Bridgestone-contracted Austrian based Yamaha Official EWC team (YART). Track suspense and drama are guaranteed for the full 8 hours. 

Nico Thuy, Head of Europe – Motorcycle, at Bridgestone Europe is optimistic: “Bridgestone teams have enjoyed great success in the Suzuka 8 Hours and we are keen to continue the winning streak this year. But whichever team wins the Suzuka 8 Hours or the world title on Sunday, the race will be a thriller!” 

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, announced its return to top-tier motorcycle racing in February 2017, with its decision to supply two teams in the prestigious FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) series: Austrian-based YART Yamaha Official EWC Team, and the F.C.C. TSR Honda team. 

The FIM EWC is a worldwide championship competition consisting of five races: two in France and the remaining three in Germany, Slovakia, and Japan. The Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race at Japan’s Suzuka circuit on 30th July 2017 is the fifth and final race of the current season which began in September 2016. 

Like to find out more? Watch 'The Long Run', a 5-episode series about YART taking on the Endurance World Championship 2017! Don’t miss the 4th episode, just released on 21st July, it takes you behind the scenes in the lead up to the Suzuka 8 Hours. 

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