How to Watch the Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race

07/25/2014 @ 6:30 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS


UPDATE: Sorry folks, look like race day coverage is live-timing only.

I was trying to think this week how to frame how important the Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race is for Japanese motorcycle enthusiasts and Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. It’s certainly more prestigious than any single MotoGP or WSBK round, and I would hazard that it is as big of a deal to the Japanese as the Isle of Man TT is to the Manx.

A race known for seeing factory teams stacked with the top riders from around the world, this year’s Suzuka 8-Hours sees some of Japan’s finest joined by the likes of Kevin Schwantz, Jonathan Rea, Randy de Puniet, Josh Brookes, and Josh Waters. It can be hard to follow the race in Japan though, but we’ve got you covered for this year’s event.

The Suzuka Circuit puts up a live stream of the racing sessions on Ustream, and the link is right here. There is also an official Twitter feed in English which you should follow. We have embedded the Ustream into this post as well…because the internet is awesome.

Suzuka 8-Hour Live Stream Schedule — All Times are Local (GMT/UTC +9):

0900 – 1100 – Free Practice 3
1350 – 1420 – 1st Rider Qualification
1435 – 1505 – 2nd Rider Qualification
1520 – 1550 – 3rd Rider Qualification
1800 – 1930 – Free Practice 4 (Night Session)

1415 – 1500 – Free Practice 5
1530 – 1645 – Superpole (Top 10 Teams Only)

0830 – 0915 – Warm-up
1130 – 1930 – Race

Source: Ustream