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Video: Josh Brookes checks in from the 2017 Suzuka Eight-Hours

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2017 Suzuka Eight-Hours: Lowes’ Factory Yamaha team draw first blood

Alex Lowes’ Factory Yamaha team have drawn first blood at this year’s Suzuka Eight-Hours, topping the opening free practice session with a 2’07.540 to end two-tenths up on the MuSASHI Honda crew which stars Jack Miller. The works Honda team put in a 2’07.758 to take them well clear of Josh Brookes and Sylvain Guintoli in third place on the ...

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Rea tops Lausitz WorldSBK test as Aprilia make progress

Unsurprisingly, reigning WorldSBK champ Jonathan Rea has topped the timesheets on the final day of testing at the Lausitzring as rain stopped play in the afternoon. According to unofficial times, Rea was miles under the lap record but that’s because at last year’s meeting, only race one was dry and Chaz Davies set a 1’37.357. Rea put in a 1’36.6 ...

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Corner entry work pays off for Laverty at Lausitz WorldSBK test

Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty continued to work on weight distribution and corner entry at the Lausitzring WorldSBK test and it paid off as he set the third quickest time of the two-day evaluation at a track he hadn’t seen before yesterday. Laverty and the team have been using a new fuel tank since Donington Park but have only now got ...

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Giugliano in line for Red Bull Honda race seat?

Red Bull Honda’s operations manager Marco Chini says David Giuglinao ‘deserves to be considered among the riders who could race alongside Stefan Bradl’ for the remainder of the 2017 World Superbike championship. Giugliano joined up with the Ten Kate Racing-run squad during the two-day in-season test alongside Michele Magnoni at Lausitzring and has impressed with competitive lap times on his ...

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Red Bull Honda boss ‘considering’ Giugliano for WorldSBK seat

Red Bull Honda head honcho Marco Chini has said that Davide Giugliano impressed on his debut for the team at the Lausitzring WorldSBK test and that he should be considered for a seat alongside Stefan Bradl. The Italian has been deputising for Bradl at the test as he was due to fly to Suzuka but an ear infection prevented his ...

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2017 Suzuka Eight-Hours: Race weekend preview

Until the arrival of Yamaha’s MotoGP-studded factory team, the Suzuka Eight-Hours had been a little, well, wanky. The big names had, some said, got wise and had the iconic endurance race written out of their contracts intead of into them and the days when Doohan, Schwantz, Rainey, Sarron and the like could be seen campaigning trick Superbikes were long gone. ...

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Bradl out of Suzuka 8 Hours with ear infection

Stefan Bradl has been ruled out of his maiden Suzuka 8 Hours after being struck down with an inner ear infection and has been unable to fly to Japan this week under the instruction of his doctors. The German rider was gearing up for his first Suzuka 8 Hours race with the FCC TSR Honda squad alongside Dominique Aegerter and ...

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Bradl ruled out of Suzuka Eight-Hours with ear infection

Honda WorldSBK star Stefan Bradl has been forced to withdraw from the 2017 Suzuka Eight-Hours with an ear infection. After being taken ill on Monday, Bradl was admitted to hospital on Tuesday morning where he was diagnosed with an inner ear infection. Due to complications from this infection he was advised by medical staff not to fly to Japan. “I ...

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First pics: Giugliano makes Red Bull Honda debut

Davide Giugliano has run his debut laps on the WorldSBK Red Bull Honda he is testing in place of Stefan Bradl at the Lausitzring test this morning. The Italian, who has been out of work since he split with the Tyco BMW BSB team, is standing in for the German as he is on Suzuka Eight-Hours duty for FCC TSR. ...

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