Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 18 Jun 2015
Alex Lowes will make his Suzuka 8hr debut this year joining Josh Waters and Takuya Tsuada in the legendary Yoshimura Suzuki team.
The 38th edition of the iconic endurance race takes place next month with a star-studded line-up taking to the Japanese circuits for one of the most physically demanding challenges in motorcycle racing.
Double Grand Prix World Champion Casey Stoner will return from retirement to race alongside World Superbike rider and reigning World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark, while Yamaha MotoGP stars Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will race Yamaha’s all-new YZF-R1 in a factory outfit.
The Yoshimura outfit took second place at Suzuka in 2014 with Lowes’ current WSB teammate Randy de Puniet onboard.
The manic schedule will see Lowes fly to Japan for testing on the 7th and 8th July before heading to California for the Laguna Seca round of World Superbikes only to then return to Japan a week later for the Suzuka race.
“The Suzuka track is a favourite among many riders and while it’s going to be a lot for me to learn, I’m really excited about the opportunity,” said Lowes.
“It’s going to be an interesting challenge especially with the test and race each side of the Laguna World Superbike round in July but I can do a good job.
“I’m looking forward to getting over to Japan, getting started and representing the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki and Yoshimura partnership for my first endurance race”.
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