2017-2018 FIM Endurance World Championship Final Round The 41st “Coca-cola” Suzuka 8Hours Endurance Race Team Announcement
～ Team KAGAYAMA to challenge its sixth Suzuka 8Hours as Team KAGAYAMA U.S.A. ～
Team KAGAYAMA is pleased to announce its team in the 2017-2018 FIM Endurance World Championship Final Round The 41st “Coca- cola” Suzuka 8Hours Endurance Race scheduled to be held July 26th – 29th at Suzuka Circuit in Mie, Japan. The team will be racing on the SUZUKI GSX-R1000 and the concept this year will be “USA”.
Team KAGAYAMA U.S.A. will be welcoming Kevin Schwantz as Team Manager. Schwantz has made a brief comeback to racing in 2013 at the Suzuka 8Hours with Team KAGAYAMA.
Team owner, Yukio Kagayama will be spearheading the rider line-up with Naomichi Uramoto, who is currently racing full time in the RFME Spanish Championship Superstock1000 category with Team SUZUKI JEG/KAGAYAMA Racing. The team will be also be joined by Joe Roberts, an American rider currently racing in the Moto2TM World Championship on a NTS chassis. This will be the first time for Roberts to be racing in the Suzuka 8Hours. The riders will aim for the team’s first podium since 2015 as well as its first win at the 8Hour race with Schwantz as Team Manager.
Entry Name：Ｔｅａｍ ＫＡＧＡＹＡＭＡ U.S.A.
Machine：ＳＵＺＵＫＩ ＧＳＸ－Ｒ１０００ Ｌ８
Riders：Yukio Kagayama/Joe Roberts/Naomichi Uramaoto
Team Manager：Kevin Schwantz
MFJ All Japan Road Race Championship
NTS RW Racing GP
FIM World Roadrace Champiship
Team SUZUKI JEG/KAGAYAMA Racing
RFME CAMPEONATO DE ESPAÑA CETELEM DE VELOCIDAD
World Roadrace Championship
Yukio Kagayama, Team Owner
“Team KAGAYAMA’s concept this year at Suzuka is “USA”. Kevin (Schwantz) who have raced together with us in 2013 and won the podium together will be with us again, but this time as Team Manager. Moto2 rider, Joe Roberts will joining us for his first appearance at Suzuka. Kevin will be giving Joe advices on how to race at Suzuka 8Hours, and his experience will help the team setup its strategy during the race weekend.
We missed the podium for the last two years due to problems during the race, but I expect to do our best to be back on the podium this year. I would like to thank Kevin and Joe for joining us in the “USA” project. I will do my best on the SUZUKI GSX-R1000, so that our fans and sponsors will enjoy the race this year. I thank you for your support in advance.”