Suzuka 8 Hours In Photos 2019

See photos from the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours race.

Honda Endurance motorcyclist racing.
Honda Endurance Racing’s Randy de Puniet, Yonny Hernandez, and Sébastien Gimbert finished 13th in the final Suzuka 8 Hours results.FIM EWC

The 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours race will be remembered for the fact that it ended in confusion. A surprise, red-flag ending put the outcome in question, and the final result was eventually amended giving the race win to Kawasaki Racing Team's Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, and Toprak Razgatlioğlu.

Jonathan Rea races his motorcycle.
Jonathan Rea was bringing the win home when oil on the track ended his race. The red flag and revised results gave his team the Suzuka 8 Hours win.FIM EWC

Here's what happened. In the final laps of the race, KRT was leading by a decent margin over Yamaha Factory Racing's Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and Michael van der Mark. Then, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team experienced a disastrous engine failure that left oil all over the track. It mixed with the small amounts of rain coming down and caught Rea off guard, sending the Ninja ZX-10RR to the ground. Rea had just five minutes to get the bike back to the pits according to EWC rules, but was unable to do so, and in provisional results KRT was listed as a non-finisher.

The Endurance World Championship final podium with Team SRC Kawasaki on top.
The Endurance World Championship final podium with Team SRC Kawasaki on top.FIM EWC

However, the race was red-flagged and ended, so Kawasaki had an argument the final results should be reverted back to the lap prior to the red flag. The FIM agreed, giving KRT the win.

The final season standings have Team SRC Kawasaki as champions of the 2019 Endurance World Championship.

Riders run to their bikes for the start of the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours.
Riders run to their bikes for the start of the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours.FIM EWC
Red Bull Honda in the Suzuka 8 Hours.
Red Bull Honda took third place in the Suzuka 8 Hours.FIM EWC
The 42nd running of the Suzuka 8 Hours.
The 42nd running of the Suzuka 8 Hours.FIM EWC
Close combat in the Suzuka 8 Hours.
Close combat in the Suzuka 8 Hours.FIM EWC
Motorcyclists racers starting race.
And they’re off.FIM EWC
Suzuki motorcyclist races.
Suzuki had a shot at the title this year, but a blown engine at Suzuka cost the team the top step.FIM EWC
Yamaha motorcyclist racer at pit stop.
Yamaha was initially declared winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours, but a later revision dropped the team to second place.FIM EWC
Motorcyclist races for Suzuki.
Suzuki’s misfortune put the entire finishing order into question.Suzuki