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1993 World 500cc Champ Kevin Schwantz to race Suzuki 8-Hour

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Former 500cc GP World Champion Kevin Schwantz is to make his international racing comeback this year at the Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance Championship second round in Japan.

The 48-year-old, who clinched the 1993 World Championship aboard his #34 Lucky Strike RGV500 Suzuki, will race a GSX-R1000 in a three-rider Suzuki team set-up by Yukio Kagayama that also includes former MotoGP, WSB and BSB rider Noriyuki Haga.

Kagayama, who has also ridden all three championship classes with Suzuki, has formed the privateer team for the 2013 Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours on July 28th - the biggest and most-prestigious motorcycle race on Japan's motorcycle racing calendar.

"I'm looking forward to racing the Suzuka 8-Hour in July with Noriyuki Haga and Yukio Kagayama on a Suzuki GSX-R1000. Suzuka holds a special place in my heart because that is where I won my first 500cc Grand Prix in 1988." Schwantz stated.

"The last time I raced the 8-Hour was in 1992 with Doug Chandler and we did not finish due to mechanical issues. With only two riders, it used to be a really, really physical race and now with three riders it is still going to be tough but not quite as much," he added.

"Although eight hours on a 1000cc bike is going to be very physically-demanding, I will need to increase my training program to possibly do two-three hours on the bike.

"I've never have won the 8-Hour and with my team-mates that are as strong as Yukio and Nori, along with our Dunlop tyres, I think we stand a good chance," the American concluded.

Top Image: The bike Kevin Schwantz will ride at the Suzuka 8-Hour
Credit: Suzuki Racing

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