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Old 07-28-2015, 05:41 AM   #1
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Casey Stoner Crash Video & Suzuka Race Results

See the start of the Suzuka 8 Hours race and Stoner crash in the video below.

Video of Suzuka 8 hours 2015 Start race and Casey Stoner crash

In their 60th-anniversary year, Yamaha Motor Corporation claimed a historic Suzuka 8 Hours win as the Yamaha Factory Racing Team of Pol Espargaró, Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Bradley Smith rode their YZF-R1 to victory, also giving Bridgestone its tenth consecutive victory as a tire supplier at the ‘8Tai’.

Riders Nakasuga, Espargaró and Smith gave an outstanding performance in the hottest and most challenging conditions of the weekend. It was the trio‘s unbreakable determination, team spirit and the stunning performance of the YZF-R1 that saw them overcome all obstacles and win Yamaha its first victory in this event in 19 years and its fifth in the race's history.

Losing a couple of positions from pole, first rider Nakasuga was quick to carve his way to the front as he chased down the race leaders. By lap three he had climbed up to sixth and kept the pressure on. He made his move as one by one the competitors went into the pits, showing the incredible potential of the YZF-R1 when he dropped a stunning 2‘08.496s on his sixth lap, the fastest lap time of the race. Nakasuga was scheduled to come in after 25 laps but completed an extra two before heading in as the race leader and handing the YZF-R1 to Smith.

The British rider re-entered in third position, but soon moved up when the race leader crashed out of the race. Smith then had to deal with two separate safety car stints before finally taking the front a little more than two hours into the race.

It was then Espargarň‘s turn to take the YZF-R1 for a spin. The Spaniard had been consistently fast all weekend and didn‘t disappoint today. He and Nakasuga created a comfortable margin before it was time for Smith to ride again.

He was only able to complete a few laps before being called in for a 30 second ’Stop and Go‘ penalty for Espargaró having passed under a yellow flag.

The penalty cost them a position but it wasn't long before Smith was back in first place and building a healthy gap before handing the bike over to Espargaró for a second time.

He and Nakasuga gave their all in their final riding stints before handing over to Smith for the last leg. The Brit‘s final ride of the race was far from simple as a third safety car caused some last-minute tension. Smith was again able to manage the situation perfectly and rode his factory Yamaha YZF-R1 through the last corner to the deafening sound of cheering from the many thousand race fans as he took the checkered flag with a 1'17.411s advantage.

Reigning Endurance World Champions GMT94 Yamaha proved today that their strategy of focusing on the race set-up during qualifying had been the right one. Originally their first rider David Checa, decided to let Kenny Foray fill in for him at the start as he had only recently recovered from a knee injury. Foray was quick to adapt to the choatic first lap and started to make his way to the front.

He and teammates Kenny Foray and Mathieu Gines showed how effective a strong team can be as they battled the entire eight hours to ride from 20th to fourth.

It was a disappointing day for the Monster Energy Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART). Having qualified 11th on the grid Broc Parkes had a good start and was quick to move up the order. He had a strong and consistent pace of 2‘11.0 but his challenge came to a premature end when a technical issue made it impossible for the team to continue.

F.C.C. TSR Honda team of Hook, Smith and Aegerter took second place honors on the CBR1000RR.

Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race Results

1st - #21 – YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM(Nakasuga, Espargarň, Smith) – Yamaha YZF-R1 – Laps 204 – Total Time 8:00‘29.708

2nd - #778 – F.C.C. TSR Honda(Hook, Smith, Aegerter) – Honda CBR1000RR – Laps 204 - +1‘17.411

3rd - #17 – Team KAGAYAMA(Kagayama, Haga, Riyonary) – Suzuki GSX-R1000 – Laps 203 - +1lap

4th - #30 – Suzuki Endurance Racing Team(Philippe, Delhalle, Masson) – Suzuki GSX-R1000 – Laps 202 - +2laps

5th - #12 – Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance(Tsuda, Waters, Lowes) – Suzuki GSX-R1000 – Laps 201 - +3laps

6th - #94 – GMT94 YAMAHA(Checa, Foray, Gines) – Yamaha YZF-R1 – Laps 201 - +3laps

7th – Honda Endurance Team(Da Costa, Gimbert, Foray) – Honda CBR1000RR – Laps 201 - +3laps

8th – Honda Suzuka Racing Team(Hiura, Kamei, Yasuda) – Honda CBR1000RR – Laps 200 - +4laps

9th - #87 – Team GREEN(Yanagawa, Yudhistira, Watanabe) – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Laps 199 - +5laps

10th - #32 – MotoMap SUPPLY(Konno, Aoki, Ogata) – Suzuki GSX-R1000 – Laps 199 - +5laps

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