Johann Zarco at the start of the Suzuka 8H

Johann Zarco will reach a milestone in his racing career next July, and will take part in the first endurance race of his career at Suzuka.

Published on 09/06/2024 à 10:59

Luca Bartolomeo

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Johann Zarco at the start of the Suzuka 8H

Johann Zarco will compete in the Suzuka 8H - Red Bull Content Pool

The French pilot of MotoGP, Johann Zarco, takes up endurance. The Cannes native recently announced that he would be at the start of the Suzuka 8H, the third round of the World Championship.Endurance Motorcycle, during which he will lend a hand to Honda, the manufacturer with which he is affiliated in the premier category of the speed championships.

A first experience which delights the LCR driver, who has never hidden his attraction for long format races. A first participation in the major challenge, since the crew he joins is aiming for a third consecutive victory at home.

“I knew I would do endurance races, I always told myself I would, explained the Frenchman during the Italian Grand Prix. This year it was made possible because the dates suited the MotoGP calendar. It's a surprise for me too, and I think I'll have a lot of fun.

All my energy is focused on MotoGP, but the fact that we are less competitive this year, and that we are not fighting for the podium, gives me the opportunity to take this break during the summer break. adds #5.

To do this, Johann Zarco will be accompanied by Takumi Takahashi, and the new HRC recruit, Teppei Nagoe, who play in Japanese championships. Note that the first mentioned is aiming for a prestige record during this event, since a success would make him the most successful driver in the history of the race, with six victories. The Japanese round will be held on July 21.

“Team HRC, which won the Suzuka 8 Hours last year, will race again this year as an official Honda team with a factory CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP. This year, Johann Zarco, Castrol Honda LCR MotoGP rider, will join the team to compete in his first 8 Hours of Suzuka” tells us the official announcement.

In order to prepare for this unique experience, the winner of the last Australian Grand Prix will ride at Suzuka next month to carry out some tests.

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Luca Bartolomeo

Certified Belgian without accent who writes with pleasure for a French site. In charge of MotoGP

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