Haga, Hill & Nakasuga to Suzuka 8 Hours

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2012 Suzuka 8 Hours

This year, the Monster Energy Yamaha YART team will once again compete at the Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours, round three of the 2012 FIM Endurance World Championship, July 26-29.

This year, three riders will compete at Suzuka aboard the YZF-R1 – Noriyuki Haga, Tommy Hill and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

Haga (Japan) and 2011 British Superbike Champion Hill (UK) currently compete in British Superbike on the Swan Yamaha team. Nakasuga (Japan), currently competes for the Yamaha YSP Racing Team in the pinnacle JSB1000 class of the All Japan Road Race Championships.

This will be Haga’s 10th time at the Suzuka 8 Hours, a home race for the Japanese racer.

Mandy Kainz (Team Manager Monster Energy Yamaha YART) says: “I’m very proud and happy for YART to bring together the best of the best YZF-R1 riders as a ‘dream team’ for the Suzuka 8 Hours race. Our expectations are quite high, but the most important thing for YART was to bring the Yamaha family closer together. To have Katsuyuki, Nori and Tommy on one bike will make the whole historical Suzuka race more exciting. I can’t wait for the race to start.”

Katsuyuki Nakasuga says: “Personally, I want to finish the race at the top for YART as we were not able to finish last year. We have two excellent riders in Tommy Hill and Haga this year. We all have great ability and strong personalities, but I feel like I can lead them as one of the fastest riders on a YZF-R1.

“The Suzuka 8 Hours is a team battle, so good teamwork between the riders is important as well. I think we’ll perform well as we have a good balance between an experienced rider like Haga, and a young rider like Tommy. Please look forward to the race!”

Noriyuki Haga says: “Machine trouble took us out of the race and let down many fans at my last Suzuka 8 Hours in 2006. This time, we’re here to make up for that performance and looking at our rider lineup, I think we have a good chance to aim for the top and show the fans our determination. Now the only thing left to do is wish for good luck!”

Tommy Hill says: “To race at Suzuka for Yamaha is great news for me! It is to represent the Yamaha racing brand as well as compete in the British Superbike Championship. This will be my first time competing at the Suzuka Circuit, but I am very much looking forward to racing there and hopefully push for success for Yamaha and myself.”

YART Suzuka 8 Hours Rider Stats:

Katsuyuki Nakasuga

  • Born August 9, 1981 in Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Racing team Yamaha YSP Racing Team

Suzuka 8 Hours Record:

  • 2006:DNF (paired with Shinichi Nakatomi)
  • 2007:DNF (paired with Nobuyuki Osaki)
  • 2008:5th (paired with Yuji Sato)
  • 2011:DNF (paired with Igor Jerman、Gwen Giabbani)

Noriyuki Haga

  • Born March 2, 1975 in Aichi Prefecture
  • Racing Team Swan Yamaha Team

Suzuka 8 Hours Record:

  • 1993:DNF (paired with Junichi Matsushita)
  • 1994:DNF (paired with Masaya Hirayama)
  • 1995:22th (paired with Yasunori Kondo)
  • 1996:Won (paired with Colin Edwards)
  • 1997:17th (paired with Kensuke Haga)
  • 1998:6th (paired with Simon Crafar)
  • 1999:4th (paired with Régis Laconi)
  • 2000:18th (paired with Wataru Yoshikawa)
  • 2001:DNF (paired with Anthony Gobert)
  • 2006:DNF (paired with Colin Edwards)

Tommy Hill

  • Born February 9, 1985
  • Racing Team Swan Yamaha Team
  • Race Career Competing in the British Superbike Championship since 2004 2011 British Superbike Champion