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Old 01-28-2009, 07:02 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Honda quits Suzuka 8 Hour

Honda quits suzuka

Perhaps even more shocking than the unsuccessful Kawasaki quitting MotoGP is Honda -- which has won 11 out of the last 12 and 21 out of 31 total races -- giving up on the Suzuki 8 Hours. Honda has also recently withdrawn from both AMA Superbike racing and Formula One all in an effort to save money as the market for cars and motorcycles collapses.

The Suzuka 8 Hours is a championship race in the otherwise fairly unglamorous World Endurance Championship. It enjoys an extremely high profile due to the big budget factory teams the Japanese manufacturers roll out each year, they see the race as something of a contest, spending inordinate amounts of money to beat domestic rivals. Last year, Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari won aboard a faulty HRC CBR1000RR; previous winners have included Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards, Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and Wes Cooley.

Honda will continue its support of non-factory teams participating in the race and has reconfirmed its commitment to MotoGP, saying, "Honda won't quit MotoGP."


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wow! Maybe Honda should start competing in TMGP to save some money.
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As sad as this is historically, the 8 hours had become a glorified club race over the past few years, a shell of its former self. Where top riders would fill the grid back in the day, now the top rider is an oddity in the field with a bunch of local Japanese fast guy wannabes. I'm guessing market share wasn't what it used to be and the Honda guys thought it would be better sitting on the sidelines since saying "I won Suzuka!" doesn't carry the weight it once did.
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As sad as this is historically, the 8 hours had become a glorified club race over the past few years, a shell of its former self. Where top riders would fill the grid back in the day, now the top rider is an oddity in the field with a bunch of local Japanese fast guy wannabes. I'm guessing market share wasn't what it used to be and the Honda guys thought it would be better sitting on the sidelines since saying "I won Suzuka!" doesn't carry the weight it once did.
yeah.... it has seemed like it lacked the luster it used too over the years. it was one of those races i looked forward to reading about every year. endurance racing was my thang, so that race always really appealled to me.
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