July 28, 2019

Haslam and Kawasaki take Suzuka 8 hours victory

Kawasaki Racing Team's Leon Haslam won Sunday's Suzuka 8 hours race as he and team-mate Jonathan Rea won the epic encounter by 18 seconds from the factory Yamaha team. The victory was the first for Kawasaki since 1993 and it was Leon's third victory in the prestigious Japanese race.

“From everyone being in tears after we thought we'd lost to getting the news sitting in a restaurant that we actually did win it, I have no words to describe how I feel.

"When Jonathan crashed on oil on the last lap and the race was red flagged we felt we should have been awarded victory anyway but in the end it took our guys to contest the result with the officials and thankfully commn sense prevailed.

"The Suzuka 8 Hours is always one of the hardest races of the year. The effort we put in to win, from us, the team and Kawasaki means it has been a big roller coaster of emotion.

"When the oil went down and the situation happened at the end words cannot describe the lows we had. But when the good news came through, the highs were just as high.

"In the second half of each stint I really struggled physically because of the broken bone in my hand but the bike was working well.

"I am so happy and I want to thank Kawasaki for this opportunity, also the whole team, Toprak and Johnny, and we pushed as hard as we could. It is a shame that we did not get to stand on the top of the podium but the result is in and we have won the Suzuka 8 Hours.”

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