Race day at the Suzuka 8-Hours has no shortage of pageantry. The crown jewel in the FIM Endurance World Championship, the Suzuka 8-Hours might be the most important race in all of motorcycling, and it certainly holds that distinction in Japan.
With all that said, this year’s edition was truly a spectacle, as the three factory teams from Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha fought in close-quarters the entire race, giving fans quite the treat.
With a few seconds or less between them for almost the entire eight-hour race, we saw no shortage of passes and strategy, making this a race well-worth watching.
Then in the closing minutes, things got very interesting, and it wasn’t until several hours after the race concluded that we knew which team won the 2019 Suzuka 8-Hours.
Though Yamaha was on the top step of the podium ceremony, it was the Kawasaki Racing Team that took the honors once the rulebook had been consulted for red flag procedures.
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