Suzuka 8H: History Lesson
Posted: 24th July 2017
Photos of Previous 39 Winners – From Mike Baldwin and Wes Cooley to Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro, and Katsuyuki Nakasuga – Circuit History and Landmark Dates – Lap Records
Click here to access the official site photos of the previous 39 winners of the Suzuka 8 Hour Race: www.suzukacircuit.jp/8tai_en/feature/successive_machine/
Since its creation in 1962, the Suzuka circuit has hosted many international competitions including the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Motorcycle Grand Prix and the Motorcycle Endurance World Championship. This circuit is one of the few tracks to offer an 8 hour race over 5.821 km. The first edition of Suzuka 8 Hours was contested in July 1978; the race was won by Mike Baldwin with Wes Cooley.
Among the other winners of the Suzuka 8 Hours: Graeme Crosby (1980), Hervé Moineau (1983), Wayne Gardner (1985,'86, '91 and '92), Dominique Sarron (1989), Kevin Magee (1988), Wayne Rainey (1988), Eddie Lawson (1990), Mick Doohan (1991), Daryl Beattie (1992), Scott Russell (1993), Tadayuki Okada (1995), Noriyuki Haga (1996), Shinichi Ito (1997,1998, 2006 and 2011) and Valentino Rossi (2001). Dajiro Kato, already a winner in 2000, was the last Grand Prix rider to step up to the plate in 2002, until 2015, when the MotoGP riders made a return winning with the victory of Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith (Yamaha Factory).