2018-2019 EWC Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Race, Change of Riders Announcement
TK SUZUKI BLUE MAX hereby announces the change of riders for the 2018-2019 FIM Endurance World Championship Grande Finale The 42nd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Race, schedule for July 25th-28th, 2019 at Suzuka Circuit.
As announced announced earlier, team’s regular rider in Japanese Championship, Takuya Tsuda retains his entry, while 2nd rider has been changed to Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, a Malaysian star rider, who has experience in both the Suzuka 8 hours and the Moto2™️ World Championship. Experienced French, Gregory Leblanc has been invited as 3rd rider to the team. Leblanc has experience in EWC, as well as the Suzuka 8 hours. With the addition of Kamaruzaman and Leblanc, the team has now a more powerful rider lineup to this year’s challenge to the Suzuka 8 hours.
Naomichi Uramoto, who was originally registered, will continue to concentrate in the Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK) where he races full time, and will race at the Round 4 of the Championship at Motorland Aragon, which happens to be scheduled on the same weekend as the Suzuka 8 hours race.
This year will be the team’s 7th consecutive challenge to this prestigious event, and will fight to be back on the podium again.
Event: 2018-2019 FIM Endurance World Championship Grande Finale
The 42nd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Race
Venue: Suzuka Circuit International Racing Course (5.821km)
Dates: Thursday, July 25th – Sunday, 28th, 2019
Team: TK SUZUKI BLUE MAX
Entry Number: #71
Machine : SUZUKI GSX-R1000 L8
Riders: Takuya Tsuda/Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman/Gregory Leblanc
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman
I am very happy to ride for Kagayama-san. This is a great opportunity for me to gain valuable experience. I am happy to return to the 8 hours. My memories here in Suzuka have been very beautiful and I hope to be able to repeat good results for the team. Suzuka has always been one of my favorite track and I would like to thanked Kagayama-san for giving me this opportunity. Lastly, I would also like to thanked all sponsors of the team. Gambarimasu!
I would like to say in first thank Kagayama-san and the team for giving me my chance to join this famous team. It’s really an honor for me , and I’ll give my maximum to make a good job and try my best to achieve the best result for the team and all the fans !!
I’m very very happy and exciting to ride on this fast bike !!!