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Josh Brookes set to race 2013 Suzuki 8 hour with Yoshimura Suzuki

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Australian Josh Brookes will join Japanese riders Nobuatsu Aoki and Takuya Tsuda on the Yoshimura Suzuki race team the for the 36th Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance Championship second round in Japan next month.

Suzuki Factory MotoGP test rider Aoki will ride the Japanese company's GSX-R1000 alongside Tsuda and British Superbike Championship contender Brookes in Japan's biggest and most-prestigious motorcycle event that takes place from July 25-28th.

Yoshimura, the only team to have competed in every race since its inception in 1978, is aiming for its fifth victory after narrowly missing-out in 2011 and being forced to retire from last year's race.

Australian Brookes, who currently holds second place in the highly-competitive British Superbike Championship, and who also became the fastest-ever Newcomer in his debut ride at the Isle of Man TT this month was delighted to join the team for the 2013 edition of the race.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have been asked to join the Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team at this year's Suzuka 8-Hour." Brookes enthused. "I have had an ambition to win at Suzuka since watching GPs as a kid, when all the Grand Prix greats like Doohan, Rainey and Schwantz stopped mid-season to take part in the event."
The bike Brookes will race aboard at the 2013 Suzuka eight hour - Credit: Suzuki Racing
Team Manager Yohei Kato, Grandson of Yoshimura founder Pops Yoshimura, is excited about this year 8-hour, with the race being the primary reason the team joined the All Japan Championship this year in an effort to be as ready as possible for the famous race.

"We decided to return to the All Japan Championship this year with the main aim of winning the Suzuka 8 Hour World Endurance Race." Kato explained. "Our experiences in current race events and tuning know-how, which we have learnt through our WSBK engine development, is a major weapon for us this year.

"Our riders Takuya Tsuda, Nobuatsu Aoki and Josh Brookes are all skilled riders with lots of experience and we are sure they will all put in great performances at the race.

"We'd like to thank everyone for their support and we will do our best to get our fifth victory at the Suzuka 8 Hours this year. We have built our best machine ever and we are aiming for victory," he concluded.

The 36th edition of the Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance race will start on Thursday the 25th of July with the main race on Sunday the 28th July.

Top Image: BSB Superbike title contender Josh Brookes will Join the Yoshimura Suzuki team for the Suzuka 8 hour in 2013
Credit: Suzuki Racing

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