Six-time WorldSBK king Jonathan Rea has stated the key to Suzuka Eight-Hours success is not about who is the fastest but who makes the least errors.
Rea, who has won twice, will be joined in the works Kawasaki team by WorldSBK team-mate Alex Lowes - who has won three times - and BSB rider Leon Haslam - also a three-time Suzuka winner in his own right - on the endurance-spec Ninja ZX-10RR, running Bridgestone tyres.
“I have completed one test ahead of Suzuka this year. We pretty much packed up our WorldSBK team and are going there with a couple of tests completed, trying to do a good job,” said Rea.
“It worked out in 2019. I think this year our rider lineup is good, with Alex and Leon. Hopefully, Leon is fast, Alex is fast, and we will have a good race. But in the Suzuka Eight-Hours, it’s not all about the fastest guy. It’s about who makes the least mistakes, who’s consistent, and who’s good in traffic around the track as well. There’s always a lot of traffic.”
All the riders have had a chance to test at Suzuka, with Haslam in particular spending a lot of time in Japan recently to make sure the everything is ready to race to win.
KRT engineers and mechanics will support KMC’s Japanese engineers and technicians in this year’s effort at what is the biggest single race on the Japanese motorsports calendar.