Endurance racing – Rea to spearhead Kawasaki's Suzuka8hr assault

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    Reigning WSBK Champion Jonathan Rea will be one of three riders in the official Kawasaki factory squad that will line up at the Suzuka 8HR Race later this year.

    Keen to capture success in one of the world’s most prestigious races, Kawasaki Team Green has unveiled a formidable rider line up for the motorcycle endurance event that takes place at the famous 5.8km long Suzuka circuit in Japan across the weekend of July 28 and 29.

    Rea will line up alongside current British Superbike championship star, Leon Haslam with rising Asian star Kazuma Watanabe as the final squad member.

    As official Kawasaki Team Green entry, the riders have an enviable track-record in this and other racing classes including three world superbike titles and one Suzuka 8hr win for Rea, two Suzuka 8hr wins and world superbike race wins for Haslam and the Japanese JSB1000 experience for Watanabe.

    Rea said: "I’m really excited and honoured to be involved with Team Green for this year's Suzuka 8 Hours. It’s a race very close to my heart and after winning in 2012 it was always my intention to return to this race. It’s one of the toughest races in the world and a true test of man and machine. I will also do some testing before the race to ensure we arrived prepared. Together with the whole Team Green Kawasaki team we will do our best to achieve a result that we can all be proud of."

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