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14 Aug 2020
The demanding and limit-challenging race that is 5,807 meters long with 18 turns, Suzuka 8h, has officially been cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Suzuka 8h is one of the toughest races in the world when it tests the endurance of the rider as well as the motorcycles themselves. Held at the Suzuka racecourse, Japan, the race lasts 8 consecutive hours with each lap’s length at 5,821 km. Riders will run with their motorbike continuously and the winner is the one who completes the most laps.
Since its founding in 1962, Suzuka Racecourse has hosted many international races including the Formula One Racing, GP Motor Racing Championship and the Endurance World Championship. Last year, the team that won the championship in this race was the Kawasaki Racing Team with a record of 216 laps completed in 8 hours.
Recently, the authorities of the race announced that the 43rd Suzuka 8h race will not be held in 2020 due to the situation caused by Covid-19. Accordingly, Japan is tightening their lockdown. Therefore, even the international racing teams could hardly move to Suzuka to participate in the race. Hence, the postpone.
Mr. Kaoru Tanaka – Deputy Director of Mobilityland stated: “We have carefully prepared for Suzuka 8h: Coca-Cola this November 2020. But due to the great impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the hard measures taken to prevent the epidemic in Japan, the event must be cancelled. Once again, we apologize to all fans around the world and will prepare for an even better season in 2021.”
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