mefim News and Analysis
World Superbike rider Leon Camier will complete the factory Honda team's line-up for the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race next month, the Japanese marque has announced.
Yamaha will field an unchanged line-up of Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark for the second successive year as it chases a fourth straight win in Suzuka 8 Hours.
Honda will field a full factory bike in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the first time in a decade next season.
Yamaha Factory Racing topped Friday's first qualifying for the 40th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours, with Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Michael van der Mark setting an average time of 2m07.116s.
Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Bradley Smith has picked up a leg injury during a crash in practice for the final round of the 2016 FIM Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben.
Yamaha clinched its sixth victory as a manufacturer at the Suzuka 8 Hours, with the #21 crew of Pol Espargaro, Alex Lowes and Katsuaki Nakasuga taking the top honours on Sunday.
The annual Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race takes place this Sunday, with 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and Tech 3 Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro headlining the entry for the prestigious event.
Yamaha has unveiled the rider line-up for its two-bike 2016 Suzuka 8 Hours assault, with last year's winners Pol Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga returning to the competition.
Honda has acknowledged that a stuck throttle was to blame for the crash that put Casey Stoner out of the Suzuka 8 Hours, after appearing to initially blame the Australian.
The factory Yamaha team secured its first Suzuka 8 Hours win in 19 years with its riders Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.