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  • The 40th Anniversary “Coca-cola”Suzuka 8hours Endurance Race Team Announcement

    To the Podium with the new GSX-R1000

    Entry Name:Team KAGAYAMA

    Entry Number :#71

    Machine :SUZUKI GSX-R1000 L7

    Tires :DUNLOP

    Rider :Yukio KAGAYAMA / Naomichi URAMOTO / Hafizh SYAHRIN


    2017 will mark the 5th time for Team KAGAYAMA to challenge the Suzuka 8hours. The team will enter this prestigious race with the new SUZUKI GSX-R1000, with three riders. Entry number will be #71, and the team will aim to be back on the podium as well as winning the race for the first time in team’s history.

    Team owner and rider, Yukio Kagayama will spearhead the team. Naomichi Uramoto, Kagayama’s teammate in the JSB1000 category in All Japan, will team up with Kagayama. And finally, the team welcomes Malaysian rider, Hafizh Syahrin to join the team. Syahrin, currently 23 years old, started to race from 9 years old, and later raced in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. In 2011, Syahrin raced as an wildcard at the MotoGP™️ Malaysian GP in the Moto2™️ class. He later achieved his first podium finish in 2012. Syahrin started to race full time in Moto2™️ since 2014, and has continued to race with the PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia team ever since.

    These three riders will aim for podium again, and for the win this year at the 40th Anniversary of the Suzuka 8hours Endurance Race.


    Yukio KAGAYAMA
    Team KAGAYAMA [All Japan Road Race Championship | JSB1000]

    “This will be our fifth challenge to the Suzuka 8hours since I started Team KAGAYAMA. This has all been made possible by the cooperation from our sponsors, and I would like to express my profound gratitude. I believe that achieving good results will be the only way to show my gratitude, and therefore have invited Hafizh to join us. He is the fastest Southeast Asian Moto2 rider and with Naomichi and the new GSX-R1000, we will aim for the very top.”

    Naomichi URAMOTO
    Team KAGAYAMA [All Japan Road Race Championship | JSB1000]

    “First of all I would like to thank everyone that made it possible for race at Suzuka again this year. This will be my second year to race at Suzuka with Team KAGAYAMA. We had a bad tear last year, so I have a stronger feeling towards this year. I am racing in the JSB1000 this year, so I have grown stronger physically and better in my riding skills than last year. I hope to contribute more this year, and aim for the best results with my teammates.”

    Hafizh SYAHRIN
    PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia [MotoGP™FIM Grand Prix World Championship | Moto2™]

    “First of all, I would like to thank Team KAGAYAMA to give me this big opportunity to ride Suzuka 8 hours. I know that it’s a very big and important motorcycle event, and there will be lots of big names and experienced riders to ride with, so I’m sure that it will be a very exciting experience to me. Moreover, Kagayama is a very strong and fast rider and have so much experiences, I’m very much interested to learn a lot from him. Of course I’ll give all my best to achieve a highest goal together with the team. Now I cannot wait to test, and look forward to meet with the whole team.”